BE JOYFUL

Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

LISTEN: Anything that can take away your ability to be happy can ruin your life if not checked. It is dangerous to choose to be unhappy and depressed just because of life’s circumstances. No matter what happens, never succumb to depression. Always guard your heart jealously, because what happens to your heart will directly affect your life and wellbeing. Learn to encourage yourself when you encounter challenges and difficulties in life. Always remember that no help can be enough for you which is not supported by help from within; and no healing can be enough for you either which is not supported by healing from within.

Beloved, take it easy on yourself! I know you might have a good reason why you are depressed and heartbroken – you just lost your lovely child, a loved one, a job, a marriage, have waited for several years without a baby, have remained jobless after graduating from school several years ago; is sick and bedridden and your joy stolen away. The weight of your pains and sorrows may be much more than I can understand, but God who knows and cares about us all, knows about your problems. Do not take your life through depression, rather cast your burden on Him for He really cares for you (1 Peter 5 : 7). Jesus Christ said to His audience, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11 : 28).

Beloved, have you turned to Jesus for help? Why do you choose to struggle under your burden alone? Do you not want to experience rest? If you want rest, come to Jesus Christ now. Trust me, Jesus Christ will put a smile on your face no matter what. Come to Him by faith, do not be distracted by what you are going through, rather believe in Him and quit worry. Feed on God’s word as your food until it affects your heart and your attitude. You cannot be truly happy if God is not your hope and trust. Be happy and live. The bible says, “Merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22). ‘Merry heart’ is the same as joy. It means to be very happy and cheerful : feeling or showing happiness. A joyful lifestyle produces life and health. But the opposite destroys. Do not embrace death and misery. Cheer up! It is not yet over, and God will not given up on you.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be careful of worry. Do not worry yourself to death, for your case is not the worst.
2. Do not give up on life, remember that God cannot abandon you.
3. Determine to be joyful in all situations no matter what.
4. Always trust the Lord that He knows and cares, and therefore will see you through.

Daily Task: Never allow any negative thing to occupy your heart or weigh you down, rather be positive and occupy your heart with thoughts of joy from the Lord.

Daily Reflection: He who chooses sadness over gladness, and worry over faith, has determined to sponsor his or her own necessary trip to the land of calamity.

Daily Prayer: Compassionate Father, I thank you for today, I repent of my worries and unhappy lifestyles. Help me to be positive and joyful, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: In the name of Jesus, I speak into your life, every spirit of worry and unhappiness designed to ruin your life is arrested. From today, may God release upon you, a positive and joyful spirit, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Quote: Anything that can sustainably take away your ability to be happy can ruin your life if not checked.

Today In History: April 18, 1847. U.S. forces defeat Mexicans at Cerro Gordo in one of the bloodiest battle of the Mexican-American War.

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