On this weekend where the focus is on the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, joy – not sorrow – should be our spiritual response. Did you know that it’s Godâ€™s will for you to be joyful always? God wants you to be happy and carefree. He wants you to love your life no matter what your circumstances look like. In fact, when you have joy in the midst of difficult circumstances, itâ€™s the evidence that you have faith and trust that God is going to bring you through.
In Christ, joy is strength. When you have His joy, you can stand strong, no matter who or what wants to crucify you. You might say, â€œIâ€™m just not a real jovial person. Iâ€™m more serious. I never laugh much.â€ I realise God made us all differently, but you can experience real inward joy, which should externally make you happy and excited. So let yourself laugh and have fun, because thatâ€™s why Christ came and died. I read where the average child laughs over 200 times a day, but the average adult only laughs 4 times a day. What happened? Weâ€™ve allowed the pressures of life, stress and responsibilities to steal our joy.
Today, on this Spiritual weekend, make the decision to get your joy back. Decide that you are going to look beyond Fridayâ€™s problems, to Sundayâ€™s resurrection and hope, and know that God will see you through. Ask Him every day to fill you with His supernatural peace and joy, so that you can live in Christâ€™s strength and victory all the days of your life!
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is Godâ€™s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”Â(1 ThessaloniansÂ 5:16-18, NLT)?
Pray With Me
Yahweh, I humbly receive Your Word today. Father, on this weekend, I choose to open my heart to You, and invite You to fill me with Your joy and strength that the resurrection brings. Yahshua, thank You for showing me Your goodness, and empowering me with Your grace. I bless You today for Your amazing sacrifice, in Jesusâ€™ Name! Amen
A special word from the Lord, from Pastor Ray Patrick