Your strength comes from Joy, as we all know and understand from Nehemiah 8:10, but where does real joy come from?
The Lord spoke to me this morning that much of our joy comes from our expectancy in believing that what He said will come to pass! I SAW SOMEONE VERY EXCITED IN THEIR SPIRIT BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD THAT THEY WERE ABOUT TO RECEIVE AN INHERITANCE.
This person knew that they would not have to struggle anymore just to do what it took to keep them alive! They had joy on their face and excitement emanating from their whole being! Life began to pulsate through their body and everyone that they talked to they would tell them that this was coming to them because they trusted the source that had promised that this was on the way! I then heard this scripture in my ear.
“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope,”Romans 15:13.
AS YOU TRUST IN THE PROMISE GIVER, YOUR JOY WILL BE FULL
You see, your Joy comes from having hope that something that has not happened yet, something better, something bigger, is still coming to you!
It is being assured that it is on it’s way. It is SEEING it and knowing in your knower that it is coming to you, to the point that your whole being is electrified by even thinking about it! It is like a kid that has been promised by His mother or Father that tomorrow, when you wake up, we are going to go to Disney World!
Now, I don’t know about you, but if I had been told that as a child, I would not have been able to sleep or eat until I got there! The key here is that they trusted their Mother and Father’s word to the point that they became joyful as they pictured Disney World and were meditating on what they were going to ride and what they were going to do when they got there. Thus Joy gave the the strength to get up at 5:00 a.m. to get ready to do what they were imagining in their heart! (THE BIBLE CALLS THIS MEDITATING) Joshua 1:8.
Well in John 15 Jesus had just finished telling His disciples that the reason that they had been going through what they were going through was so that they could be ready to bring forth even greater fruit in their life. Then He said to them,“Now,whatever you ask in my Name, it will be given to you and then He said this,”John 15:11.
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” Oh yes there were conditions like, “if you abide in Me,” but He had just told them that whatever you need for this task I will give it to you! This was like saying, “Now I am sending you on a glorious journey to work for me and you are not only going to be more fruitful this time, but here is the credit card to get everything you need for the journey, and I am telling you this so that your joy may be full.”
YOU SEE OUR HOPE COMES FROM BELIEVING WHAT JESUS SAID, AND WITHOUT THIS HOPE WE HAVE NO JOY THUS NO STRENGTH TO RECEIVE.”
I WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU NEED SO YOUR JOY WILL BE FULL!
I hear the Lord saying, many of you have been through great hardships in your last season for because of the promise that I gave you, then the “dream killers came” but, as you have been in the pruning process He has caused you to learn some valuable lessons that you are going to take into your new season!
Things that you thought and things that you would of settled for in your time of transition have been blown away and now The Lord is giving you this promise, so that you will have great joy in the next leg of your journey and the promise is this……
“Ask me for whatever you need to do this and I will give it to you! Trust me like a child with his father or mother, be expectant, dream, yes dream big,still yet, dream even bigger than that, like a kid on his way to Disney World, and then rejoice because you see that these things are on their way!
This kind of joy and peace in believing will be what draws others into your vision! Do not allow the discouragers to talk you out of what I have told you for they are not sent from Me! And you shall surely bear fruit in this season and you will see the glory of your God!”
It is time to get excited and rest in His word but in resting, begin to show your joy in believing! this is what will change all that encounter the God that is inside of you! This joy will be contagious!
This is what I love about God’s encouragers. They are people who have your best interest at heart because they have been there and they know that God is true to His word. Listen to them and keep speaking your dream to your brothers and sisters weather they hear or not!
If they call you a dreamer like they did Joseph, so be it because you are on the way to the palace to work for the King and you have a credit card to get there!
THE OVERFLOW OF HIS LOVE IS OUR FRAGRANCE
It is the overflow of knowing that we are totally loved by Him that spills out to all those that we come in contact with. One of our greatest needs is to know we are accepted and loved fully and unconditionally and it is in this knowing that He loves us, that we are not only filled, but fulfilled. We are then free to pour out this love that is the fragrance that emanates from our lives that draws others to want to know such a Savior…….
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God,”Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV).
~ by Jo Ellen Stevens
|Jo Ellen Stevens of TCIC Ministries is a Prophetic speaker, author, worshiper and intercessor. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years and was a worship leader at the Assembly of God for many years. She is an ordained minister (Restoration Ministries) and works with Restoration Ministries in their Ministry Rooms doing prophetic worship with her husband. She has taught many bible studies and have led many intercessory prayer groups.|