Nehemiah 8:10 “…for the Joy of the Lord is your strength”
The Joy and happiness that the world gives is temporary and when it’s gone, it rots the bones. Proverbs 17:22 says “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
When we go through life’s challenges, make sure to have the Joy of the Lord within you. When we have Joy of the Lord, we serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2). Bible mentions so many times to rejoice and be glad, for our reward is in heaven (Matthew 5:12).
We can have the Joy of the Lord by talking to Him every moment in prayer and meditation. Sing praises and, honor and seek Him with all your heart and the Joy of the Lord will be full in your heart and no-one can take it away.
Nehemiah 8:10 says Joy of the Lord is my strength. When we have the Joy of the Lord, we will have strength to go through difficult times. Cast your burdens on God and serve the Lord joyfully.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed by the busyness of life. Specially with family and kids, work and ministry. Everything goes on and you can’t stop it. If someone in sick in the family, everything stops and takes precedence. Learn to say no to things that are irrelevant to what God appointed you to be. It’s good to be social but may not be the best at the moment.
If you are trying to do everything meticulously then you will get tired and weary. Take time to rest in the Lord and be energized to continue to work for the things of the Lord. Spend time with God, pray and seek Him, and you will be filled with peace and joy and this is what eternity looks like.
Make sure to be effective for the kingdom. At the end of life, that is what remains eternal.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In this world, it’s easy to be selfish and consider your own interests. Look around and see other’s hurt. When you are self-absorbed, it’s hard to see the hurts of others.
Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the sick (Matt. 14:14). As Christians, we need to follow Jesus, when we follow Jesus and move with compassion, we value others above ourselves.
Some of the worldly might take advantage of you but keep doing good and don’t give up (Galatians 6:9). Judas Iscariot who was invited to last supper betrayed Jesus and, people mocked and spit on Him. But Jesus, with all humility stayed calm and asked the Father in heaven to forgive them.
Follow Jesus and value others in humility.
Matthew 19:26 “…With God all things are possible.”
We see miracles around us all the time. Sick and broken are healed, debts are forgiven, His promises come true… etc. But it seems like, it doesn’t happen to us. Lot of times, we give up right before the breakthrough. We have a God of miracles and He will come through to us soon enough. Trust Him.
We need to learn to have patience to wait for the miracle. While we wait, think of noble things. Philippians 4:8 says, And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
If we are expecting God to do impossible things, then we need to be ready to receive it. Usually God mends us while we wait for our miracle. When the expectation is higher, the hope is higher, followed by peace, joy and love. Experience God’s power in your miracle journey.
Allow God to work through as you pray for your breakthrough.