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Do You Reflect Or Deflect Joy?

 

(John 17:13) “And now I am coming to you, and I say these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.”

(Isaiah 12:3-4) “You will draw water joyfully from the wells of salvation. And you will say at that time: ‘Give thanks to the LORD; call on his name. Make known his actions among the nations. Proclaim that his name is exalted.’”

(Philippians 4:4)‘Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times.’ I will say it again: ‘Keep on rejoicing!’”

 

 

A clear sign that you’ve had an encounter with Christ is joy. A joy that flows from a heart full of gratefulness for the work of salvation God has done. Joy for all the promises we have in the Bible, and joy to know that no matter what happens to us physically, our soul is secure in His arms. Joy for not having to pay any more in the afterlife for our sins and joy for the fact that God can cancel our past mistakes and make a bright future for us, just because He loves us.

When we truly understand the darkness we were in and how we have been transported into the light, we will walk with joy. We will be able to proclaim his salvation and love with no shame or fear of what men will say. We will be able to truly enjoy the company of other believers who have also surrendered to Christ and experienced His salvation.

However, there are those who call themselves Christians who walk around complaining, with long faces, finding faults in everyone, always negative, and creating more fear than faith. These individuals not only have a dead religion but are perplexed when true believers still manage to carry a smile through tough situations. Apostle Paul wrote “Rejoice always” while he was in jail for preaching the gospel. He sure was in jail, but the jail was not inside of his heart.

When I first started serving in my home church in 2007, I met an African man named George. He was younger than me, full of life, single, looking for a job, in love with God, and always with a smile on his face. The joy of the Lord was not only on his face but also in his mouth. He would always greet me with the phrase “What a Joy”. It became his trade mark and even years after we lost contact I met another African brother in another city who mentioned George from my hometown, and when I asked him if he was referring to “What a Joy George?”, he answered, “Yes, exactly”. I guess years later, George is still making Christ shine through his life just by infecting everyone else with joy. What a great example to follow.

 

 

 

Reflecting the Joy of your salvation, regardless of your situation, is much more powerful than any miracle or prophesy. It is what separates us from those who have never experienced God on a personal level.

 

 


Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are The Great God. God of riches God who supplies every need. God who gives the increase. God who gives us victory. God of peace, We praise You.
• Thank You Father for the supernatural Joy You have put inside of us.
• Thank You for saving us from our sins and for setting us free from the powers of darkness.
• Forgive us for forgetting how bad things really were before you saved us from the dominion of sin.
• Forgive us for not reflecting with joy the gratitude in our hearts for our salvation.
• Teach us how to change our legacy from being negative and always complaining to being remembered as your servants full of joy.
• Return to me, oh Lord, the joy of my salvation.
• We give thanks to the LORD; we call on His name. We make known his actions among the nations. We proclaim that His name is exalted.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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