the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a
continual feast" (Prov 15:15; KJV). To be afflicted is to be distressed, miserable
and troubled Often our minds want to think on the wrong things, but the word
says that we can train them to think on the right things (Rom 12:2). According
to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, we can take our thoughts captive and exchange negative
thoughts with the word. We can have a have a merry heart despite what’s going on
in our life.
word has many positive things to say about rejoicing. In Proverbs 17:22 we are told
that a "merry heart" acts like a medicine. Nehemiah the prophet wrote
that: “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh 8:10).
apostle Paul actually commands us to: "rejoice in the Lord alway” (Phil.
4:4). We find joy in God's presence (Psalm 16:11) and this joy is different
from "happiness" which is based on our circumstances. Joy is also a
fruit of the Spirit which develops as we spend time abiding in the vine or
pressing into Jesus in prayer, fellowship and time in his word. Don’t let the devil
steal your joy.
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