Why You Must Be Joyful – No Matter What!

Is it possible to stay joyful despite the challenges we experience in life? Do the word’s and actions of other’s, determine how joyful we should be? Do we have the power within us, to choose our response to anything we may experience in life? The scripture below provides an answer:

Hab 3:17-18: Even though the fig trees have no blossoms and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty; YET, I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD! I WILL BE JOYFUL IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION.(NLT)

Despite the adverse circumstances enumerated above, the prophet made a decision to remain joyful no matter what.

Indeed, we also have the power to choose our response to any circumstance we face in life!

  • Here is why it is extremely important to stay joyful-

I. The lack of Joy makes one prone to psychosomatic illnesses – ( physical illness caused by mental or emotional stress) These may manifest as headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, eating disorders and other dangerous health conditions.

II. We need Joy to enjoy everyday life. – Is 51:11- Therefore the reedemed of the Lord shall return and come with singing into zion and everlasting joy shall be upon their head; they shall obtain gladness and joy and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

III. We need Joy to attract the presence and power of God into our situation. Is 12: 3 – Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

IV. We need Joy to maintain healthy relationships. No one enjoys being around a constantly negative and unhappy person.

V. Joyful and positive people experience more favor, promotion, health and opportunities in life.

The importance of Joy in our lives cannot be over-emphasized. Below are Six proven strategies to maintain joy in your life always.

1.Make a firm decision up-front to maintain a joyful attitude: You are responsible for your reaction to everything in life. This was a difficult pill for me to swallow because I was in the habit of blaming others or my circumstances for the way I felt. All that changed when I discovered that, nothing in life holds any meaning except the meaning I give to it. This meant that I could be going through “hell” and yet choose to react positively. This truly changed my life. You too can DECIDE today to be joyful no matter what life throws at you.

2. Consciously choose positive thoughts and words: The way you feel at any point, is determined by the thoughts in your mind and the words you speak. Your subconscious mind relies on the pictures in your mind and the words you speak, to determine what to manifest in your life. If you constantly think of fearful and hurtful things and speak same, I guarantee that you will never feel joyful. Consciously choose your thoughts and words by replacing the negatives with positives. Avoid toxic people and places that tend to trigger negative feelings in you.

3.Use Faith-filled affirmations- One of the most powerful ways to reprogram yourself to stay joyful, is to declare the word of God out loud. I make a practice of standing in front of my mirror and speaking the word of God over my life. I declare words such as – “I am full of joy and peace”, ” The joy of the Lord is my strength”, “God is working out all things for my good”, to mention a few. Repeat this practice until you feel the words have taken root in you. You will be amazed at the transformation in your life.

Eat. Rest. Sleep – No matter how anointed you are, if you fail to take care of yourself by eating properly and resting, you will not feel great. Even God almighty rested on the seventh day! Taking good care of yourself, by eating healthy, exercising and drinking plenty of water will contribute to your well being.

5. Practice Gratitude: The human mind tends to dwell more on things which aren’t going so well, rather than those which are going well. We can break that cycle by developing an attitude of gratitude. Learn to be thankful for the seemingly little things in life such as fresh air, flowers, friends, family etc. Spend your first 5 minutes each day just being thankful to God for anything and everything. This is one of the most powerful ways to maintain joy in your life.

6.Spend time with God daily: This is the most important of all because where all else fails, God cannot fail. Spending time daily in prayers and study of the word of God restores joy and peace like nothing else can. It is impossible to experience true joy and satisfaction in our lives, without a relationship with God. You can imagine what happens to a branch that is cut off from a tree. It wont be long before the leaves on that branch wither and the branch dries up. This is exactly what happens when we are disconnected from our source – God. If you are yet to have a relationship with God, you can do so NOW by inviting Jesus christ into your life as your Lord and saviour. He will forgive your sins and fill you with his holy spirit. Only then will you experience joy unspeakable; full of glory!

God’s desire for us is to have joy to the full!

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3 reasons every child of God is GUARANTEED to succeed.

I am so excited to share some insights the Holy spirit revealed to me from the bible. I trust you will also be richly blessed by it. First, I want to start by answering the question – Who is a child of God?

A child of God is NOT someone who attends church, is born into a christian family or participates in religious activities. As great as these things are, they don’t make you a child of God. A child of God is a person who has repented from sins, accepted Jesus christ as Lord and savior and receives the Holy Spirit. He is a person whose will is completely surrendered to God and who now lives according to the word of God. Every child of God is guranteed success, however many still struggle due to ignorance. In God’s kingdom, your depth of revelation of God’s word is directly proportional to your level of success and dominion. Knowledge establishes you but the lack of it leads to destruction.

Here are 3 reasons why every child of God must succeed:

  1. It was commanded by God at the begining of creation. – When you study the account of creation in Genesis 1, we see how God “said” and everything came to be. He commanded and there was light, water, earth and every living thing. In the same way the bible states in Genesis 1:27-28 – ” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God BLESSED them, and God SAID unto them, BE fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and have dominion... If everything God spoke about at creation came to be, then every child of God is blessed, fruitful, able to multiply, replenish and have dominion. Halleluyah! Note that this blessing, was for all mankind, until Adam sinned and lost his glorious inheritance. Thankfully, Jesus christ died on the cross to reconcile man to God and restore all the blessing’s to those who receive him. This is confirmed in John 15:5 – ” I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me, ye can do nothing. Every child of God who stays connected to christ is “GUARANTEED” fruitfulness in all things. We must however follow God’s principles of hardwork, honesty and patience in our dealings. You simply cannot fail or be disadvantaged in life anymore. Halleluyah!
  2. The second reason why a child of God must succeed is because God’s promises cannot be broken. God promised to bless Abraham and make him a blessing (Gen 12: 2-3) According to the bible, everyone who has received Jesus is also a partaker of Abraham’s blessings. Whatever God says he will do, consider it done. Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man , that he should repent: hath he said and shall he not do it or hath he spoken and shall he not make it good? If you are a child of God you ought to be excited about this because with God’s blessing in your life, prosperity is certain. The best part is that no one can curse a person whom God has blessed. (Num 23:20)
  3. The third reason children of God must succeed is they belong to a different kingdom and operate by a different set of rules. (Col 1:13) The economy and system of this world does not determine their success in life. 1 John 5: 4 says – ” Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. God’s will for his children is to prosper and be in health even as their soul prospereth. (3 John 2). If you’re a child of God and you’re broke, sick, discouraged or struggling in any area, I charge you to arise today with this knowledge. You are made in God’s image and you have his blessing upon your life. Just like your father did at creation, begin to speak his words into your life and watch things turn around! If you are yet to receive Jesus christ into your life, please say this simple prayer: Heavenly father, I come to you in the name of Jesus christ, I believe in my heart that Jesus christ is the son of God and that he died for my sins. I believe that you raised him from the dead for my justification. Lord Jesus,please come into my heart right now. I receive you today as my personal Lord and saviour and I give God the glory. Amen. Congrats you are now a child of God! Please get a bible and join a church, where you can grow in the Lord. Please share comments, testimonies in the section below.