JOY: A BETTER WAY TO LIVE

Saturday, June 19, 2021

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 can break your heart or make you sad beyond recovery!

LISTEN : Joy is a better way to live. It is the strength and music of the heart. It is the sound of life. My dear, settle for it. Being ever joyful is a personal decision. And this decision can only be made and followed through by walking with God. With God we can overcome anything. With Him, pain could be replaced with relief, and joy could take the place of sadness, for with Christ nothing is beyond what we can handle. Paul said,

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

My dear, be joyful! 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 wants you to live, you will not continue to struggle with depression. You will not give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). The joy of the LORD is the strength of the believer in times of troubles, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, etc. Jesus Christ said,

Let not your heart be troubled:
all of you believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:1

Beloved, 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. The Bible says,

“…Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10

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.

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 : 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 struggle with depression endlessly.

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

Today In History : June 19, 1862, Slavery outlawed in US territories.

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Bible Quiz : Who was Esua to Rebecca?

God bless you!