It is written in John 16:22: (KJV) “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you”.
We live in a time now in where joy can be easily taken away . It seems like today our joy and peace are fragile, which can easily crumble. But remember, the joy of the LORD shall be your strength. Stop allowing other people or situations to take your joy. You are responsible for your joy, why let someone else rob it because their miserable? There is an old saying that goes, misery loves company. Some times people want to bring you down, because they cannot stand the sight to see someone else happy or joyful. Why dim your light? There’s nothing wrong with being compassionate for others, but discern when someone is intentionally trying to get you out of your character.
Growing in the LORD means not that you are not lead by feelings (flesh). When his presence is in you, no one or nothing can take it. Do not let the enemy to rob you out of your joy. Life can evaporate in a flash, is it truly worth it? No, put on the full armor of God and no attack shall destroy you nor prosper. You cannot buy real joy, only substitutes. The spirit of joy is rich and it has the power to illuminate the room. Let no one take your joy, there is always something to be joyful about.
Your mind is one of the most precious creations from God. It’s important to know what to feed it, just like your spirit.
Don’t lose your mind neither fill it with depression. Keep your mind focus on God’s word of truth and not lies. Fill your mind with peace. Surround yourself with positive things and people. Take things one step at a time, for everything is a process. Enjoy the simple things such as the sun, rain, leaves and air. Sometimes it’s good to turn off the T.V and to remove yourself from distractions. The word of the Lord is the only thing that will sustain your mind, heart, soul and spirit. Allow him to keep you in perfect peace when everything is fallen apart. Peace is priceless and it cannot be brought. Do not allow the world and your personal circumstances to wither away your peace, for it God took you through something, he has to bring you out. There is a purpose for everything, which shall be used for his glory.
It is written in John 14:27, that Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The voice of the Lord says, you are not your past. You are not what everyone says about you nor are you the status quo. You have been chosen, for you didn’t pick him, he picked you. Be new and different. Don’t conform to this world, for you are a light in a dark place. Don’t lose your salt or flavor. You are set apart. Lift up thy voice and praise him. Worship him and honor him, for he shall do a new thing in you! Glory be the King for he shall live forever and ever.
When waking up this morning, please remember that every day is a gift. You might not be in a place in your life that you preferred to be in however, today is a new day. With new days comes new mercies. Every day is a chance and opportunity to grow and learn something new. What are you going to do differently in the next 24 hours that will impact and change your life for the better. (Even if they are baby steps) Tomorrow is never promised. Please use this new day to grow closer to the Lord. Every day is a gift. Don’t waste it :).
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You are who you think you are. The bible says as so a man thinketh, so is he. If you think you are going to make it, you will. If you think the opposite, then so shall it be. You will always go in the direction of your thinking. What thoughts and seeds are you planting in your mind? In order to move forward, some of us need a new mindset if we are going to the next level. Without a new mind, we are not able to receive the things that God has in store for us. Our thinking is so important that it determines how far we can go in life. Excuses and justifications are hindrance to the soul. They are limitations placed upon you. Remove all of the heavy armor, weights and burdens off of your thinking. Not only will you feel better, but you will live better. Think about the process when you are getting a room in your house renovated. The old material must go in order to make room for the new. The same applies to your thinking. You must make room for the new. The old thinking must go. The only thing thats holding some people back is their mindset. Renovate your thinking so you are able to go further in God. With God there is nothing that will hold you back. Renew mind, vision and life.
The hour to call upon him is now. You cannot wait for the perfect conditions. If there was ever a time to hearken and obey his voice, the time is now. There were so many times I made excuses on why I wasn’t fully ready. Although I heard his voice, I wanted to still hold on to some of my sin. I wasn’t fully committed. But God said in this hour that you have to let go of everything for me. You cannot give him half but all. You cannot be lukewarm and fickle in this hour. Do not allow excuses to hinder your future and most of all, your relationship with God. Now is the time to hear his voice and follow his instructions. His sheep knows his voice, for he shall direct you on a narrow path. He is God and there is no man that shall share his glory. Don’t hardened your heart for in this time you should work while it’s day, for at night no man shall work. He is calling you for a higher purpose that man cannot even explain. That’s how powerful and precious the call is upon your life. No longer can you become comfortable with no progression. No longer will years fly by and your still in the same predicament. Repent and bow before him. The kingdom of heaven is near. Jesus is the only way, life and truth. He is worthy to be praise! Worship him in all spirit and truth. He’s been waiting on you, the time is now.
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Never forget about God in all the days of your life. Young, old, rich or poor. Don’t allow pride to blind and deceive you from taking God’s wisdom instead of your own. You need God to absolutely take your next breath, heart beat, move and step. No matter what blessing may fall upon your life, you will still need him. He gives you your health, strength, joy, sanity and peace of mind for everyday life. Even if God gives you everything you want, sometimes he will give it to you to show that you still need him. You can have everything in this world but it will not mean anything without God. It will appear that you will have everything on the outside while empty on the inside. There will come a time in where your money cannot fix everything and it will become meaningless. Money and material things cannot fill void. Don’t gain the world in exchange for your soul and identity. You cannot escape God’s love. Return to him and give him your all. Never forget, for he is the Alpha and Omega of the universe. He is God. Heaven and earth shall fade but his word is forever.