THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH
The Kingdom of God
Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost are the experiences of those who have genuinely surrendered their lives to Jesus. These three attributes characterizes the Kingdom of God, and it is only in the Kingdom that you can find them.
Joy at its fullest
Joy is the portion of a child of God; joy in the midst of trouble, trials, or persecution, joy that the world or even death cannot take away. This is a mystery that those outside the kingdom cannot understand; hence they see believers as extremists or fanatics.
In prison but full of joy
In Acts 16:25-26, Paul and Silas were locked up in the prison for preaching the gospel of Christ, but instead of them to be sad, sorrowful, and full of regret for what had befallen them, instead of them to be blaming God for allowing them to arrested when they were doing His work, they turn to the joy that was already in them.
Praise & worship
They sang, praised, and prayed to God, and God responded by shaking the prison to the foundation and setting all the prisoners free. What a great lesson the disciples tried to teach us here. The kind of joy and ability God had given to these disciples He gave to us too.
Give glory to God
You need to understand that God is not glorified when you bow down your head in sorrow. That will only give room for the devil to rejoice over you. Anyone that Jesus met weeping will always receive the response “weep not” from him, why? God is not glorified in such a situation.
How do we tap into the reservoir of joy that God had given unto us?
Understand the Will of God
We must have the understanding of the word. The understanding of the will of God for our lives is the key to His unending joy. A natural man will respond to times of pain with sorrow and sadness, but when you have the understanding that you are not in the will of God you will quickly change that.
Set your heart and mind on God
We must know how to focus on God. In difficult times, our ability to remember and focus on God will help us to quickly switch into the joy that God had given to us. David found himself in this type of situation in I Sam 30:1-6. The enemy took away all he had together with his family and that of his men too. To make the matter was, his men were so distressed that they wanted to stone him to death.
But David encouraged himself in the Lord, and he was able to recover all. We must know how to get encouraged in God’s promises, greatness, and power.
Be obedient and follow the Lord
Discover the joy of the Lord by living in total obedience to His word. Whenever you do something that God loves, like worshipping, praying, preaching the word, counseling others, studying the bible, giving etc. you will discover that the joy of heaven will fill your heart, because you are in tune with your maker. When you have the joy, you have strength to do all things.
Father God, thank You for the wisdom we learn through this post. Today, I pray, fill my life with your joy and peace. Teach me and lead me to do those things that can bring the joy of heaven to my life. Turn my sorrow to joy. AMEN.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY. GOD BLESS US ALL. Please SHARE to BLESS others.