Thursday, October 8, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

Thought Of The Day : When God is the reason for your joy, no situations, no matter how severe can break your heart or make you sad beyond recovery!

LISTEN : Being ever happy and joyful is a personal decision. And this decision can only be made and followed through by walking with God. With God you can overcome anything. With Him, pain could be replaced with miraculous relief, and joy could take the place of sadness. My dear, you can fight sadness if you are controlled by the Spirit of God. When you make the decision to walk in the Spirit (to live as God will want you live no matter what) you will not continue to struggle with depression. You will not give place to the devil. Yes, the world is full of situations that can easily break our hearts, but the joy of the LORD keeps us strong, positive and hopeful no matter what. The joy of the LORD is the strength of the believer in times of troubles, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, etc. When we’re wounded by circumstances of life, we can still find solace in the Lord when we choose to stay positive and joyful instead of being sad and hopeless (Romans 15:13). My dear, when sorrow strives to take the place of joy in your heart, resist it. No matter the reason for your sorrow, just resist it with the joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10). Beloved, you can be joyful if you want to. So, to be ever joyful, just remind yourself that: joy will keep you healthy and strong ( see Proverbs 17:22) ; 2). Depression will alter your good sense of reasoning – yes, it is difficult to think clearly when you are depressed. Depression fills your head with negative thoughts and lifestyles. When you refuse to be happy, you are opening yourself up to the devil. And finally, joy will keep you positive. No situations can possibly twist your life or alter your mood unnecessarily when your spirit is saturated with the joy of the Lord. My dear, when you make the joy of the Lord your strength, no situation can be strong enough to break you or steal away your joy. Henceforth, determine to be happy always no matter what. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never allow sorrow to destroy your life, instead, be happy and hopeful always.
2. Anytime your heart is broken, talk to God about it and have faith in Him.
3. Determine to resist the spirit of sorrow and embrace the spirit of joy instead.
4. In all circumstances, make the joy of the Lord your strength forever.

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is the source of true joy. Therefore, no matter the circumstance, I will always be joyful, amen.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank You because you give joy. Therefore, help me to experience joy in my life as long as I live, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. Receive grace to rejoice again and again. I command the spirit of sorrow to be destroyed in your life, in Jesus’ name.

Reflection : When you make the decision to walk in the Spirit, you won’t endlessly struggle with depression.

Quote : “No situations can possibly twist your life or alter your mood unnecessarily when your spirit is saturated with the joy of the LORD.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Isaiah the prophet was the son of Amoz? (Isaiah 1:1)

Today In History : October 8, 2001 A twin engine Cessna and a Scandinavian Airlines System jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy, killing 118 people.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the typical wave height from Pacific tsunami is between 6 – 9 metres

Bible Quiz : Who was Laban to Jacob……..?

God bless you!

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