As some of you may know, and for those who didn't it was my church harvest 2 weeks ago and the theme was 'Everlasting Joy', and during that week there was a Womens hour which was extremely powerful. I really was fed the word by several women of honour in Celestial Church.
So, this explains the topic for this post, after hearing these words I went on to analyse everything myself and here's what God revealed to me:
-There are several scriptures in the bible that amount to the topic of Joy (relevant ones will be listed below), for example (Galatians 5:22-26) which lists the fruits of the Holy Spirit; along with the other scriptures, this particularly helped me to understand that casting our cares, worries & stress (Psalm 55:22) and also rejoicing with songs of praises onto God are ways to allow Joy into our hearts.
This Joy will then produce the blessings into our lives, and also show people of the world that we are children of God. Which therefore, shows that it is important to have God as our personal saviour, as in doing this alone he will automatically add joy unto us. Now, this doesn't just mean going to church or calling yourself a Christian, but also having a personal relationship with him.
- (Deuteronomy 12:10-13) is an example of how we need to fear the lord and also walk in his ways, by doing this his blessings will surely come upon us as we keep his commandments etc.
- Now, the next question I asked myself is "How does one walk in the way of God?" And, the answer came to me; living for Christ, our ways of living, communicating the word of God which will then proclaim the love of God in our lives. (1 John 1:5-7)
The benefits that come from doing these things are many, and all we have to sustain to do is love him, with all our heart, mind & soul in order to gain the blessings desired from God.
-As it states in Deuteronomy 28 and also Phillipians 4:19; he shall supply all our needs according to our riches in glory.
(John 15:1-11) If we claim to be children of God then love must reign in us, it must flow towards one another so that the love of God will continue to abide in us, along with an everlasting joy that will be in our lives forever.
Finally, we must remember to acknowledge the blessings of God, if we recognise the blessings of God in others it will help us to go forward.
Lets look at the story of Ruth, the everlasting joy that God gave her lived forever more, and this is the endurance she had that made her a victorious woman.
(Jeremiah 30:19) (Nehemiah 8:10)
Yes, we will go through trials & tribulations but it's not just about going through them but GROWING through them, by doing this we need to be consistent in rejoicing, the one thing the devil hates is when he hears us praising God and whilst we do this he will flee!
-When the devil says there is no way, sing & say there is a way! Because 'When Jesus says yes NOBODY can say no!'
-Always make the best of a bad situation; one key thing i'm currently learning to do. This is all because as individuals we have a choice to either get better or stay bitter?
A few of the other bible scriptures I found relevant:
Thank you for reading, hope you all have a blessed new month ahead filled with EVERLASTING JOY!