Speaker: Dr. Jason Atchley
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A joy full perspective does not mean foolish optimism, like some might express through a so called “power of positive thinking.” Through all of his circumstances Paul chooses to have a joy full outlook on life.
1. We Can be Joy Full Despite Our Circumstances
Paul could be joy full in spite of his circumstances because he did not see himself as a victim.
Paul could be joy full in spite of his circumstances because he viewed the guard he was chained to as a captive audience not a infuriating restriction.
Our circumstances are not the driving force behind our level of joy.
2. We Can Be Joy Full In Spite of What Others Do
We need to be willing to leave room for differences.
Vance Havner once observed, “The hardest instrument to play in all of God’s orchestra is second fiddle.”
3. We Can Be Joy Full Even in Uncertain Times
Paul’s eager expectation is to be released, which will be to the benefit of the church’s progress and joy. But even to die would be gain for Paul, since he longs to be with Jesus.
No matter what difficulties you may be facing the comfort of the Holy Spirit is available to you to be joy full in any given situation, it just requires you to choose the proper perspective.