Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BE JOYFUL ALWAYS

 
1 Thess 5:16
Be joyful always [NIV] 
Devotional Audio Link: http://j.mp/1VVeeAF

Chinedu: Pastor, I don’t know what is happening to me. I am spiritually very weak. I have noticed that I recently have been falling into temptations and I even have been very prone to demonic attacks. I now have nightmares again.

Pastor Dele: I am not surprised to hear this

Chinedu: I don’t understand. How come you are not surprised?

P. Dele: Ever since you didn’t pass that professional exam, I have noticed that you have lost your cheerful and happy spirit. Because of this, I knew spiritual strength would depart from you, and I have been praying for you. When the Bible says ‘be joyful always’ it is not just an advice, it is a commandment because the Lord knows that His joy is our strength (see Neh 8:10c).

Chinedu: But how do I overcome my depression?

P. Dele: you can begin by changing your mindset. Instead of complaining and feeling deprived, why not thank the Lord and remember all He has done for you. Thank Him because you succeeded in becoming a doctor in the first place. Don’t you remember the many that started medical school but couldn’t graduate?

Thanksgiving and praise is a major key to sending away the spirit of heaviness and filling your heart with the presence of God. Do not let the devil deceive you; the simple fact that you are still alive is something to be thankful for. If Satan were so powerful, he would have taken your life long ago.

Spiritual strength is very important for every Christian, and one key to this is being constantly joyful. It guarantees your spiritual might for spiritual warfare and even your power to get physical wealth (see Deut 8:18.

Go into today determining to be joyful by focusing and meditating on the goodness of the Lord.

Prayer: thank the Lord for all He has done for you.
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-Pas SD Abraham

YBP: Jer 7-11

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