Not understanding the “joy of the Lord” can create an imbalance in your life. I’ve seen this when “joy” is put on a pedestal and treated as if it’s a mandate from God. I’ve seen it hurt people in the worst way.
Along will come a fellow Christian dealing with some heavy issues in their life, traumatized, and the one’s around them who are doing “good” will say, “Hey! Don’t let the devil steal your joy!” in a glib and minimizing way implying it’s a ‘sin’ to hurt.
Why? Why do they spout this nonsense that only ends up “shutting people up?” Because the one saying it has put joy on a pedestal in a off balance understanding of true joy that thinks joy makes you a giddy fool with a smile plastered on your face.
The word says, the “joy of the LORD” is your strength. This has nothing to do with a feeling of ‘bubbly effervescent happiness.” While fun to feel this way, the emphasis is on the LORD, that focusing on him WILL strengthen you because he is your defender, your shepherd, your shield, your bulwark, your rock, your protector , and your savior. ALL of those roles signify that they are performed in the context of turmoil, attack, tribulations, and problems of every sort.
One day, we will have no need of those things because we will be with him in perfect peace. But for now, we fight.
In reality, when people say to not the devil steal your joy in response to you telling them your struggles, it’s about THEM and their inability to know what to say to you. It’s about how THEY feel, in a “happy-happy-joy-joy” neurotic way of thinking.
This emphasis on “joy-out-of-balance” makes one self centered. No where in scripture is this supported. Instead, we are admonished to comfort those who need comforting; and, we are admonished to put on the full armor of God, which begs the question of: since when is being a soldier ‘fun’?
I’m not advocating walking around all doom and gloom and depressed all the time like that is “holy.” What I’m saying is we need to stop ignoring the people around us, and especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, who may be dealing with some real painful situations. Stop putting false expectations on them to just be “joyful” when in reality WE are the ones who just can’t handle it-we just don’t want to hear it because we don’t know what to do. Ho sad for us when we ourselves don’t know our true authority we have in Christ. We sell Him short and hurt others with this response.
We are NOT powerless my friends when we hear about hard things. There are many things we can do for those around us. If not practically, then we CAN do something spiritually: by PRAYING. So many times that’s all I had available to help in various life and death scenarios, only to have God turn the tide and miracles were performed. People on the verge of death and complete destruction o have seen God step in time and time again in response to prayer ALONE.
So let’s strengthen ourselves in the LORD, and not shy away from painful things or “pained people” in our lives. Let’s get a hold of PRAYER and INTERCESSION again. It is like a nuclear bomb in the spiritual realm!!
Remember who you are and WHOSE you are! GREATER is HE who is in you than he who is in the world! 💥💥💥💥💥💥
Everyone has a “take-this-cup-from-me” moment. Standing there with those lions (an evil world system you are a part of with no choice of your own) surrounding you, staring you down, wanting to devour you and leave no trace of you behind; being thrown into a furnace (how can people be so evil?) to be burnt up forever.
“BUT GOD!” Oh yes, my friend! There IS a “BUT GOD” – you are NOT ALONE! Just as HE shut the mouth of the lions (they stared at me, wanting me to be gone, brought down in shame, guilt, and humiliation-deliver me! Oh God from the hand of my enemies) He WILL shut the mouth of the lions surrounding YOU! He IS the fourth Man in the fire WITH you! See Him there! You ARE NOT EVER ALONE when you have HIM! You will come out whole! You will come out unscathed! With not even the smell of smoke on you! He is your strong right arm to shut the mouth of the lions! He is your shield against the flames!
Victory NOW! Yes indeed! I dance before the Lord in celebration, celebration that He has brought me out! My strong right arm is He! My shield in the burning flames of persecution! Tonight I celebrate My God who has delivered me from the mouth of the lions and the fiery furnace! Exultation in GOD!
God is no respecter of persons! What He did for me, He WILL do for you!
Count on it!
“He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.” Psalm 55:18
“The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.” Psalm 116:6
“But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us.” Psalm 44:7
“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.” Psalm 59:1
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7
“Who also brings me out from my enemies; You even lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.” 2 Samuel 22:49
victory_is_for_those_who_put_their_hopein_God #overcomers #Faith #Hope
тнe rooт oғ тнe ĸιngdoм ιѕ ιn тнe ѕтaтe. тнe rooт oғ тнe ѕтaтe ιѕ ιn тнe ғaмιly. тнe rooт oғ тнe ғaмιly ιѕ ιn тнe perѕon oғ ιтѕ нead.—мencιυѕ (мeng-тzυ), worĸѕ
Today, I hear the demons roar and the enemy’s rage in the circumstances surrounding you because you celebrate the birth of the One who saves and whom you love. I know the pain you are in! But with God NOTHING is impossible! Never fear my dear because 🗣 THIS JUST IN!!! ⬇︎ ⇊ ↴
“My God hath sent his Angels,
and hath shut the lions mouth not to hurt
forasmuch as before him innocence was found in me;
and also before thee, O King,
have l done no hurt.”
✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Daniel 6:22 ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞
My Beloved: l prophecy in the name of the most High God:
that God’s Angels will shut the lion’s
mouth and spare
your ministry and
everything about you
will be alive,
you honor God in everything you do,
He will honor you with long life and
prosperity in Jesus’ Mighty Name.
〰️Good morning and happy Monday〰️
He will not leave you helpless.
He will not forsake you in the darkness that surrounds you.
He will not because:
“Where sin abounds,
Don’t think he will “lift his grace from here.” He knows his children. He knows who are truly his. He saved the ones of old, in ancient times, when evil swept in to overtake all the darkness HE MADE A WAY OF ESCAPE for his people. Noah and his family in the ark, the righteous men in Sodom and Gomorrah he took out of the city. He would save a nation if there were even ten righteous men within. Did he not say that?
For where SIN abounds GRACE ABOUNDS MUCH MORE.
Don’t jump into the fray.
Don’t get into the hatred being thrown back and forth.
Don’t stop forgiving your enemies.
Don’t forget the kingdom of God and all his righteousness.
You will not find righteousness in man’s system.
You will not find righteousness in the standards set by man.
You will not find righteousness in your stance on politics.
You will not find your way in all of it without his STANDARDS guiding you.
You will find righteousness in his word, in his standards, in his commands, which require forgiveness, compassion, and mercy.
If we give in to it we will not have the fruit of the spirit;
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Without these, we are controlled by the flesh. We are controlled by the enemy, we are subject to whatever wind of hatred that comes our way and tossed about like puppets on a string, justifying all of our anger and wrath, thinking we are doing God a favor, when we are really hurting ourselves, hurting others, and even hurting God because we have given in to the darkness and are becoming part of it.
Instead of mercy, we show impatience.
Instead of forgiveness, we condemn.
Instead of compassion, we show cold hearts.
Instead of love, we show hatred.
We must stay steadfast in obeying his commands:
To love God and to love man with all our strength, hearts, and minds.
While we stand there railing against all that’s wrong with society, we forget that there are SOULS at stake. We forget he wants ALL to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. We forget that true change comes from the inside out, that those who do not know God can only be changed when they are touched by his spirit. We forget that it takes a “heart-change” for people to change. We forget that true conversion can only be accomplished by him moving upon a people.
Even in the great tribulation, when demons and evil beings will be tormenting the people, HE WILL SAVE when they call upon his name. Because of his great MERCY. Because of his compassion. Because of his love.
Open heaven’s gates and close the gates of hell using the key of David.
“He (Jesus) will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David and he will reign over Jacobs’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.”
Jesus holds the key of David which opens and closes doors.
The door that the keys of the kingdom shut is the gate of hell. The door that the keys of the kingdom open is the gateway to heaven.
“I will place on His shoulder the key to the house of David; what He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I will drive Him like a peg into a firm place; He will become a seed of honor for the house of His Father. All the glory of His family will hang on Him: its offspring and offshoots – all it’s lesser vessels from the bowls to all the jars.”
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
According to the Bible, everywhere the spirit led Jesus Christ, there was someone in need of the help of God.
May the holy Spirit lead you to glorify the name of God.
May you not be moved by your flesh.
I ask the Lord to anoint you with fresh oil and power.
Let the spirit of God direct your path towards those in need of the power of God.
Let those who are in bondage of the enemies devices be set free through you. Let there be a positive impactation on every ground you step on.
If by the laying of hands, God worked greater miracles through the hands of the disciples, so shall your hands yield positive results on whatever you lay them upon.
May your hands receive the supernatural power from God.
May God begin and accomplish greater works with you in Jesus Christ’s name.