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ALWAYS BE JOYFUL - PART 2

MONDAY 19 DECEMBER 2022


God created us in Christ for joy. This is why the word, "Joy" is so powerful. To start with, Christ's arrival on earth brought great joy to the earth. The Bible says, 'An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people"' (Luke 2:9-11 NIV). Christ's birth caused a great joy! Got it? This is exactly what happened when you gave your life to Christ. Joy was evoked in heaven (Luke 15:7 ESV). Now watch this: God the Father made us part of His family, and as a community of intelligent beings, both heavenly beings (angelic realm) and us in Christ (human realm) who bear the great Name of this Divine family, we are designed to be joyful and function correspondingly. Today apostle Paul is bringing it to our attention in order to refresh our memory.




Reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 New International Version (NIV) "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."


Let me convey the heartfelt meaning of Pauline instruction to your inwardness: When the sun rises, start your day with joy. When you wake up in the morning, be joyful. When the noon is bright with extreme sunshine, don't complain, but rather be joyful. Even if the day seems unfavourable, be joyful. Whether people treat you fairly or unfairly, be joyful. In the hush or silence of the night, be joyful. Got it? That's the real meaning of "Rejoice always." No period of your life should be spent without joy - your morning, day, evening times and night - all demands your joyful exuberance. In fact, no condition of life you encounter should be void of joy - be it adversity, prosperity, luxury, abundance, when functioning with an important duty, when undergoing trial, or while facing all the changing circumstances of life.


What a great combination: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances! In other words, activate all of them in your Christian walk. Now watch this: If you function in the Spirit, you'll desire to combine your joyous expressions with continual prayer. Then you could easily be thankful in every situation you encounter. This is because continual prayer is spiritually inspired, and so, your prayer life can't be sustained unless by the joy of the Holy Spirit. That's the reason when your heart is filled with joy, you'll continually experience heavenward longings and divine inspirations. Staying joyful upgrades our prayer from cold form to heartfelt connection to spiritual realities. Once the habit of the soul is considered as joyful, your prayer life will soar. This is because unshakeable joy acknowledges the presence of God and embraces His grace and guidance through prayer and thanksgiving.


Beloved, the translation of our referenced Scripture is very vast, because it majors on yielding our inward being to a grand sense; a reasoning thoroughly accordant with the flow of both heavenly and the earthly relationships. By this I mean that in your communion with the Godhead, there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11 NIV). Also, in your association with people, being extremely joyful, prayerful and thankful will influence people's lives positively and direct them to the knowlegde of Christ in you. No wonder the Bible says in Isaiah 12:3-4 (AMP), "Therefore with joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say, "Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name [in prayer]. Make His deeds known among the peoples [of the earth]; Proclaim [to them] that His name is exalted!" This is the same with Pauline instructions: "Always be joyful, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances..." Got it?


Since joy is the sign of the atmosphere in heaven, it also denotes us how the two communities of saints in heaven and on earth are united as one. Therefore, for our Christian life on earth to be likened to the perfect life of the saints above and to live like Jesus here in this world (see Hebrews 12:22-23; 1 John 4:17), constant joy is needful. Simply put, one of the ways we demonstrate the divine life is by expressing absolute joy in the Spirit. Then be prayerful and thankful for all of this is the will of God for you in Christ. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Psalm 18:24; James 1:2; Psalm 95:1-2; Romans 15:13; 1 Peter 1:8-9.


Exuberant Declaration: I am fully conscious of the joy of the Lord evident in my life, which is the original purpose for which I'm made in Christ. By open confession, I testify that the joy of the Lord uplifts my spirit. It is my monument for every good work; it is my spiritual strength and courage for spiritual warfares and for possessing my possessions in Christ. Hallelujah!




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