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DAY 8 MONDAY: OCTOBER 2018

LET YOUR JOY BE FULL!

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full (John 15:11).

Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22. A Christian is expected to be full of joy. There is a great difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is a fleshly attribute that is temporary but joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that is permanent and eternal. A drunkard and a fornicator can be happy but they are not full of joy. Joy is an attribute of a spirit filled believer that is bubbling in the Holy Ghost. Joy is divine and permanent attribute while happiness is earthly and temporary attribute from the flesh.

A Christian is not supposed to be sad and sorrowful no matter the situations and challenges of life. We saw this in the lives of Paul and Silas; even when they were beaten with rods, kept in prison with fetters on their feet and hands, they were still full of joy and praised God (Acts 16:22-26). As Christians, we should be full of joy always and learn to give thanks to God no matter the situations and challenges confronting us. To be full of joy is a sign and symbol of victory in the Holy Ghost.

Your life is a demonstration of the glory of God. The people around you should feel the presence of God through your impact and encouragement. You are the light of the world; a city that is set on a hill can never be hidden (Matthew 5:14). A Christian that is full of joy is a light that attracts the world unto God. That is why Jesus Christ said in the Scriptures that he who believes in Me, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). Joy also brings about the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Daily Tip: A Christian should be full of joy and give thanks to God always. Shalom!

Golden Text: You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 15:11).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. My Father! My Father! I receive Your grace to be full of joy always and forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I bind the spirit of sadness, bitterness and sorrow all the days of my life in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Psalm 91.                  RBT: ZAPH. 1-3.

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