SCRIPTURE: A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The fullness of joy equals the presence of God.
Jesus Christ is our perfect example in life and ministry. We are created to live like Him in all areas of life.
It has been confirmed that one of the key secrets of our Master Jesus was the continuous merriment and excitement in which He existed and operated. It was such a contagious dimension of joy that He distributed joy everywhere He went. Everywhere He saw someone in tears, the counsel was ‘weep not’ (Luke 7:13). He dissipated pains and sorrows as He wiped away tears from the faces of people.
Joy is therapeutic and merriment is medicinal. Depression is destructive; nothing sustains affliction and oppression like depression.
No wonder, Proverbs 15:15 says, All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. The depressed person is an afflicted person. The absence of merriment is the confirmation of affliction. Depression breaks the spirit and removes the body’s defences or immunities (Proverbs 18:13).
What then are the benefits of a life of Joy?
1. Joy supplies strength, energy and vitality (Nehemiah 8:10b). Medically, joy releases high amount of stress-reducing hormones like endorphins.
2. Joy invites the Presence of God. The fullness of joy equals the presence of God (Psalm 16:11).
My counsel is, make the choice for joy. Joy is not a gift of the spirit; it is a choice.
REMEMBER THIS: The fullness of joy equals the presence of God.
1. Avoid depressive thoughts, company and activity.
2. Live in the atmosphere of praise.
PRAYER: O LORD, I receive the grace to be joyful always.
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DAILY READING: Lamentations 4:1 to 5:22, Hebrews 2:1 to 18, Psalm 103:1 to 22, Proverbs 26:23.
QUOTE: It takes the Presence of God in your life to take you through the journey of life. Culled from ALABASTER BOX by Dr Becky Enenche
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