After a hard year many of us might have lost the joy we started the year with. Did you know that it is Godâ€™s will for you to be joyful always? He 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, that is evidence that you have faith and trust that God will bring you through.
Remember, joy is strength. When you have His supernatural joy, you can stand strong no matter whatâ€™s going on around you. You might say, â€œIâ€™m just not a real jovial person. Iâ€™m more serious. I never laugh much.â€ And of course, God made us all differently, but you can train yourself to laugh more. One article said that the average child laughs over 200 times a day, but the average adult only laughs 4 times a day. Whatâ€™s happened? As we get older weâ€™ve allowed the pressures of life, stress and more responsibilities, little by little, to steal our joy.
Today, make the decision to get your joy back! Decide that you are going to look beyond your problems, and look at what God will do on your behalf. Ask Him everyday to fill you with His supernatural peace and joy, so that you can live in His strength and victory all the days of your life!
â€œRejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Godâ€™s will for you in Christ Jesus.â€(1 Thessalonians 5:16â€“18, NIV)
Pray With Me
El Shaddai, I humbly receive Your Word today. Father, I choose to open my heart to You and invite You to fill me with Your joy, strength and spiritual vigour. God, I want to spiritually be excited again, I rebuke the mundane, routine and stress of life that rob me of my God-given joy. Thank You for showing me Your goodness, and empowering me with Your grace. I bless You today and always, in Christâ€™ name! Amen.