Mar 16, 2011

The Joy of the Lord

"The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength". Nehemiah 8-9

There is not a person alive that does not need joy. Every man, woman, boy and girl, needs joy in their lives in order to cope with the pressures of life. That’s why comedies are so popular. People love telling jokes and at gatherings of friends and family, there is often a lot of mirth and merriment. But human laughter, whilst good, is only sustained for a few moments. You laugh for 20 or 30 seconds at a good joke and then it’s over.

We have seen people get touched with the Joy of the Lord for an hour or two and even longer. But the result afterwards is amazing.

There is research that has found that 87% of illnesses stem from emotional and mental disorders. Stress, depression, fear, anxiety all contribute to the physical ailments that assail people.

God has an answer to these problems. It’s called “the Joy of the Lord”    Joy is a fruit of the Spirit.   It is the Holy Spirit that dispenses God’s joy. It’s for everyone and is freely available.

All you have to do is yield to it. I realize that when you are in the middle of your problem, the last thing you feel like doing is laughing.  But that’s where the miracle happens. When we are not able to in the natural,  He is and will fill us to overflowing.

We have seen literally thousands of people all across the globe get filled with joy. Many testimonies of healings, marriages saved, depression, suicidal tendencies, and other victories, have come out of our meetings.

“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dreamed. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, & our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.” Psalm 126:1 & 2

God knows the pressures of life that are on His people and has provided an antidote for them, His Joy.  God's joy is an antidote for the pressures of life.  Life is full of surprises and many of them are not enjoyable, and if we allow them to get to us, it will rob us of the little joy we have.   So, everyone of us needs God's supernatural joy to fill us at all times. 
Job 5:22 says "At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh"  It's a command God gave to Job to prepare him for what was to come.   God is saying to us, that His joy will help us through difficult times.  It's supernatural and is God's provision for those that love him. 
Whatever you are facing today, reach out and grab a hold of God's supernatural joy now and let Him refresh you, fill you and use you.
God bless
Gil Howard-Browne
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