I cannot tell you how many confirmations I got while preparing for today. I was just hearing JOY JOY JOY right from the scriptures, messages, prayer group, hymns etc. So there is something God wants us to know and have in this season.
Prayer Point before you go ahead to read: Oh lord, please breathe your breath of life into these words and let me hear what you have to say at this time in Jesus name.
So let’s get right into it.
What is Joy? Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart towards delightfulness. Other synonyms associated with Joy are gladness, rejoicing, happiness, jubilation and great pleasure amongst so many others.
This is just a general definition of Joy. I searched deeper and found a definition of a Christian’s kind of Joy.
Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.
Now that’s what I’m talking about! The kind of Joy we should aspire to have is that kind that one possesses irrespective of ones current circumstances. The one that comes from the Holy Spirit.
The question is how many of us as Christians live in overflowing Joy everyday of our lives?
Answer: Very Few
But this is not the will of God for our lives. Do you know there is overflowing & abundance of Joy in God’s presence? When you get to the Holies of Holies, no sorrow of heart can be found there. Rev 21:4. There is no sorrow, pain or shame in God’s presence. There is an abundance of this Joy in his presence. This is the kind of Joy that is set before us when we endure & obey the word of God. Heb 12:2.
Listen up sisters, the devil knows all these and him being our enemy, will do everything possible to not make us enter into the Holies of Holies. If you notice, we have this kind of Joy once in a while. What a sad situation! As a believer, overflowing & abundance of Joy should continually be what we manifest but many a times, we fall short.
Why do we need this Joy level to be maintained in our lives?
-To be a successful and consistent soul winner. Think about it; when you have bitterness/sorrow rooted in you, you cannot witness the love of Christ to someone else. They’ll be like, if that is what Christianity is all about, I don’t want to be a part of it. Psalm 51:12-13.
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
Psalms 51:12-13 KJV
-To fight the good fight of faith. Are you thinking what has Joy got to do with fighting a good fight of faith? Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you. 1 Tim 6:12
-To continually radiate the glory of God.
-To encourage divine visitation & angelic encounters.
-To continually sing Psalms & Hymms unto God. James 5:13b
-To carry the frequency and wavelength of Heaven. Halleluyah!!! The devil is in trouble!!!
-To fulfil our divine destiny because we receive strength to accomplish. Neh 8:10b
So how can we find this Joy and have it more abundantly?
Below are the keys to walking in overflowing Joy:
-We need to keep looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 KJV
‘Who for the Joy that was set before him endured the cross…’
Now the question is what are we expected to endure so that we can walk in divine Joy? This has been explained above but pray for more revelation as it pertains to your life.
-We can walk in Joy when we let go of hurts and inner wounds. Heb 12:1 – we must lay aside every weight that easily beset us …
-Don’t live in malice and unforgivessness. Eph 4:31
-You have to go the extra mile to make peace with others. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Romans 12:18 KJV
-when you walk in love, the Joy of the Lord will be in you and your Joy will be complete. John 15:1-12
Sing a song of worship/thanksgiving
– Oh lord, make me new in the attitude of my mind in Jesus mighty name. Eph 4:23 NIV
– Oh lord, please uproot every root of bitterness in my spirit, soul & body so that I will continually live in overflowing Joy in Jesus mighty name. Heb 12:15
– Oh Lord, anoint me with the oil of Joy in the mighty name of Jesus Isa 61:3
– Oh lord, I refuse to eat the bread of sorrow the remaining days of this year and beyond in Jesus mighty name.
– As we all know that Joy is part of the fruit of the spirit. Let’s ask God to help us continually walk in the spirit so that we can manifest the fruit of Joy in our lives. Gal 5:22
– Let’s pray for our families, relatives, neighbours and churches, that God should restore divine Joy in their lives.
– Tender your personal request
– End with thanksgiving
Now as Sis Tosin admonished us a while ago, you must have a great expectation because from now on we shall all walk in divine and abundance of Joy in Jesus mighty name.
Have a blessed day!!!
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