TUESDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY, 2017
PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
THEME: LIVE HAPPY AND JOYFUL EVERY DAY.
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8).
You're to live happy every day, and your happiness and joy should be independent of circumstances. Nothing, and no one, was created to make you happy; you're responsible for your joy and happiness. Never find yourself looking gloomy, and confused. Never carry on through the day with a disconsolate and restless attitude. Confusion and depression are the handiworks of the devil. Never allow them in your life. Instead, always allow the joy of the Lord well up in your heart. Be full of joy always!
In John 15:11, Jesus said, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." His desire is for you to be full of joy twenty-four hours a day, irrespective of the circumstances you face. He doesn't want you worried over anything. Some people love to worry. They think being worried is a sign of being responsible. They're worried about the children's school fees, worried about their job, worried about the state of their health, worried about their spouses, and worried about so many things. That's not the life of a Christian.
The Christian has been brought into a life of rest, full of joy and glory. Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." Even when you're faced with challenges, you're supposed to rejoice! He didn't say you should rejoice only when everything is all right; no. He said, "Rejoice in the Lord always." If you couldn't rejoice always, God wouldn't tell you to do so. It's natural to feel downcast when things don't seem to be all right; but it's the wisdom of God to rejoice even in the midst of troubles.
Don't let anything weigh you down. Do what the Word says: Cast all your cares upon the Lord, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Whether the trouble is in your finances, health, family, academics, whatever it is, cast it on Him, and rejoice. Then, declare like David, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1). In the face of challenges or unpleasant situations, instead of wondering what to do and what the problem is, laugh! Laugh and laugh! Rejoice in the Holy Ghost, knowing that the joy of the lord is your strength. Hallelujah!
The peace of God which surpasses all understanding keeps my heart and mind, in Christ Jesus. Good things are coming to me today from everywhere! I refuse to worry about anything, for the Lord has made all things mine! His joy is expressed lavishly through me today in every place. Glory to God!
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For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
1 John 1:4
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
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