“And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them saying, ‘Rejoice!’ So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.”
Today’s Word is for all Daddy’s sons and daughters who need His joy in their lives! Many of us are carrying a weight of anxiety and problems that seem to beset us from every side! Last week we saw how the two ladies met Jesus when they ran to do the angel’s bidding and pass on the good news of the resurrection. When Jesus met them, He said “Rejoice”. I believe He is saying the same to you and me today!
The ladies went to the tomb sad and mournful and with their hearts filled with a sense of loss. They were grieving the death of Jesus and their broken dreams, but all the time they were carrying a weight of mourning, Jesus was alive and well and victorious! He was flowing in the fullness of the Father’s plan of salvation for humanity.
I believe that the Lord is speaking to many of us who are living with a sense of disappointment in our hearts, and grieving over dreams that have not been fulfilled. Sometimes we get so focused on what has not happened, or an answer to prayer which we have not seen, and we feel disappointed or grieved with our Father God, when there is so much else that He is doing, and so many blessings He has placed on our lives. Most of the time, we also have no idea about the wonderful things that He has prepared for us just around the corner, and may walk right past them because we are so focused on the painful things of the past. Today the Holy Spirit is calling us back to basics. He is calling us to rejoice! God would have you begin to focus on, and be thankful for all the good things that have happened and that He is doing in your life. There are prayers He has answered which we often forget to thank Him for, and we need to be thankful and begin to rejoice over these!
Paul encouraged the people of the Philippian church to rejoice, and he considered it so important that he repeated it many times. In Philippians 4:4, he said “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” The Webster’s dictionary defines rejoicing as “to feel joy or great delight”. The Strong’s Hebrew Bible dictionary defines the word “rejoice” as “to spin round (under the influence of any violent emotion), to be glad, to be joyful”. Constant and conscious rejoicing is the cultivation of the Jesus kind of joy the Bible talks about. It is not dependent on how we feel or what our circumstances are like. It is a decision to walk in joy and to rejoice in the awesome and wonderful Savior who laid His life down because of His great love for us His creation. There is much we can thank God for when we remember that we have access to everything through the Doorway – Jesus, our awesome King.
Let us decide today to take our eyes off those things we are still waiting for, and to focus on the goodness of God, and everything He is doing and has done in our lives. I am still learning to consciously cultivate the joy of the Lord, but I am getting there by stopping every fifteen minutes to simply acknowledge His goodness and worship Him. If I am in a place or situation where I cannot loudly praise Him, I simply worship Him quietly in my heart and thank Him for His goodness in my life. But if I am alone or surrounded by other like minded worshippers, I just praise and thank Him freely and loudly, and bless His name. This truly does fill my hear with joy and keeps me in tune with the heart of Jesus, which is joy!
1) Walking in joy is a spiritual covering. When we walk in joy and thanksgiving, it is a spiritual shield which the enemy cannot penetrate. It keeps us connected to Heaven and open to everything the Father wants to do in and around us. Joy is the language of Heaven!
2) Joy releases worship, and worship releases joy. When Jesus told the ladies to rejoice, they fell at His feet in worship. Begin to spend a few minutes whenever you can just worshipping Jesus and declaring His goodness and love in your life. It will fill your heart with joy. The more you worship and lift up the name of Jesus, the more you will be filled with joy. And the more you express that joy and love for Him, the more you will feel like worshipping the true and living Lord who is so in love with you! You will be a joyful and energized powerhouse of praise!
3) Joy washes away fear, stress, anxiety, depression, grief etc. Satan tries to shackle us with negative emotions which could weigh us down and lead us to despair. The joy of the Lord breaks those away and brings us into His presence to see life a different way. It is amazing how differently we can see life after 5 minutes of looking at the awesomeness of Jesus and just worshipping Him for the amazing Lord He is!
Precious friend, this seems like something so simple and basic but it is so important because it is what Jesus is asking us to do. He knows it is the key to releasing unstoppable power and anointing into our lives, and the door to victory in the difficulties we face, including breakthroughs in healing, relationship issues and our finances. I pray that you will cultivate joy as a way of life, and that you will always rejoice. Remembering that Jesus saved me makes me rejoice! Hallelujah! Be blessed and be filled with the joy of the Lord, today and always, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 23 April 2012