CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO BE JOYFUL
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted. Isaiah 49:13
My question to you this day in offering up this challenge is very simple: Is there anything too hard for God? And if you said NO, my Challenge for you is: “CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO BE JOYFUL.” Now here is what you must do, “Take the very worst situation that you may face this day and look old Satan in the face, and say, “despite your efforts to turn me around, knock me down to the ground, still my peace and happiness, I will not succumb to your evil ways, I will face you down and rejoice in the joy that my God is providing me with.
Those of us who have learned to trust in God ought to exhibit a dramatically different, positive response to the difficult events of life. Our attitude is to be one of genuine rejoicing. This is not joyful anticipation for trials; instead, it is pure ‘JOY’ during trials. The joy is based on confidence in the outcome of the trial. It is the starting realization that trials represent the possibility of growth.
Rejoice and be Happy; BELIEVERS, it’s time to stop pretending to be happy. It is time to put on your shouting shoes, get up out of your comfortable seats and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord. Rejoicing goes beyond happiness. Happiness centers on earthly circumstances and how well things are going here. Joy centers on God and His presence in our experience. Now listen to this very important message from Isaiah. He says, “I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation; he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, so, the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG
NOW REJOICE and CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO BE JOYFUL!