Living Word Devotional By Pastor Mensa Otabil
Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! —Philippians 4:4
The three distinguishing marks of every child of God are joy, peace and righteousness. To rejoice is to have a repeated experience of joy. The joy of the Lord is one of our potent weapons against the enemy. You have to note that the command here is to rejoice in the Lord and not in yourself. You may be going through challenges and pain but you are commanded to rejoice in the Lord not in yourself. This is not so easy all the time. Sometimes you don’t feel like rejoicing. This is why the Lord encourages us to forget the past and focus our mind on what He is going to do for and with our lives. You must stop entangling your mind with unpleasant situations, which Satan loves to put before your mind’s eye to take away your joy.
One way to activate joy in your heart is to practise the presence of God keeping your mind stayed on His promises. When you fill your mind with God and His Word, He becomes so real to you. You experience His presence and power in your life, which in turn fills you with joy and peace. What this joy of the Lord does is prepare you for any attack on your life that Satan might devise. This joy becomes your strength to overcome all the challenges that will confront you throughout the day.
To have joy and to rejoice must become a goal each day. You must make a quality decision every morning to rejoice in the Lord. You must put behind you all the failures and disappointments of the past and look forward with thanksgiving and joyous anticipation to the blessings and opportunities ahead. Resolve to make the joy of the Lord your strength today.
Prayer: Lord, let your joy be my strength.
Scriptural Reading: Philippians 4:4-9