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June 2019

JOY FOR TURNAROUND

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds ‘feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. Habakkuk 3:17-19.

The pictures from this scripture above is a tale of woes. The depiction of tragedy, how more terrible could it be? Joy is the least of the response in such situations. Some could opine that it’s actually hypocrisy to expect joy in such circumstances. Unfortunately, that’s not my suggestion, the heart will pour out whatever is within.

Instead of joy many know how to play the blame game with God; thats their choice. The prophet says “I will rejoice” reiterating again he says “I will joy”. Simply said, joy is a choice!so what is your choice in the face of the challenge. What comes out in the time of adversity is the true picture of your personality.

Make joy your fence and defence.

“The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.”Joel 1:12

Every time joy is lacking, a breakdown is certain. Sadness stifles productivity, the trees represent long standing productive channels which includes businesses, careers and profession. When joy dries up, everything of value dries up and dies.

Joy flows like a river that even circumstances and situation come, they pass without displacing it. Every challenge is a tipping point to change, joy is a necessity to make change happen.  Joy terminates the dry seasons of life and turns things around to fruitfulness. The river of joy turns the desert places to fruitful forests.

Tragedies are turned to opportunities with limitless possibilities. What has been lost is recovered while rejoicing; joy is the turnaround moment, make joy your choice.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the turnaround power of joy, the desert places become fruitful forests by rejoicing. I draw joy today from the wells of salvation in Jesus name.

TICKET TO TRIUMPH

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds ‘feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. Habakkuk 3:17-19.

Joy is by choice, it’s not by force. Joy is made to happen its not determined by what is happening around. The natural reaction to losses, failure, unproductive business, career and life expectations is sadness. Sadness may even lead to despair and despondency in some instances. Some have suicide ideations, others attempted suicide and some committed suicide over life situations.

Life situations and circumstances are not selective, it’s common. Your response is also a choice, the prophet would not allow the situation to steal his joy. He wasn’t rejoicing for the situation but he was joyful in-spite of the situation.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22.

Joy is therapeutic, it renews, revives and vitalizes anything and everything. When joy becomes your response in the face of challenges, you’re indeed full of joy. Understanding how joy works is an understanding of God at work. Joy brings the presence of God to bear on a challenge to change outcomes. Don’t be overwhelmed by the challenge, joy changes the outcome by providing solutions.

Joy provides strength for triumph through challenges. Joy turns challenges to triumphs by innovative solutions. Joy is not the normal response to life challenges but the supernatural key to all round triumph. Those that have overflowing joy use it as their instrument to reign in life. Sadness draws down and drowns, Joy is the ticket to the high places of life.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3.

Prayer:

Dear Father, I cannot determine the circumstances and situations that come my way but the joy you give can handle it. Joy is the ticket to triumph irrespective of the challenge in Jesus name.

Joy therapy

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22.

Weakness and sickness can be used interchangeably without loosing meaning. The earlier sign of many sickness is weakness. Appetite is lost, food become tasteless at some instances. Not many attribute the symptoms or signs to lack of joy. When joy dries up, strength is lost and weakness sets in.

A merry heart is like medicine to the soul, joy is the secret to a merry heart. Joy is not the job of a third party, make joy happen personally. Protecting your joy shields the heart from weakness and brokenness. Joy is the cure for weakness and in turn the ailment from such weakness.
Joy is the remedy for a broken spirit.

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:for this day is holy unto our Lord:neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.

Laughter has long been recognized as therapeutic, but it must come from a joyful heart. When joy comes, the cure is sure, weakness is terminated.
The word of God is the generator of joy unspeakable full of glory. Everyone redeemed of God should be able to make joy happen. A song of praise, connects to his presence where fullness of joy dwells. The garment of praise disconnects from the spirit of heaviness. There is an appointment with joy for the redeemed in Zion.

Laughter should not be a rare, when joy comes there is so much to laugh about or make someone laugh. It could start with making fun of yourself; eat the fat, drink the sweet, make merry or literally enjoy yourself. Joy is the ticket to be free from weakness or sickness.
Engage in joy therapy. Never leave joy behind!

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.” Isaiah 61:3-4.

Prayer:

Dear father, thank you for the therapeutic effect of joy. Weakness, sickness and illness are not permitted in your presence, they are terminated with the release of joy. Thank you for my joy shall be full in Jesus name.

INSTRUMENTS OF JOY

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. Isaiah 61:3-4.

One of the habits I learnt early on was the choice of music to listen to. While many were listening to every or anything, I decided to listen to only songs of joy. Zion is a place where joy flows like a river to everyone that is connected by redemption.

Mourning, ashes, and the spirit of heaviness are terminated in Zion. The instruments of joy at work are beauty, oil of joy and garments of praise. Zion is obviously a place where praise, worship, fellowship and prayer abounds. Zion is the joy factory with the instruments of joy freely given.

The beauty of his presence replaces ashes, the residue of corruption or worldliness, oil of joy terminates mourning, heaviness of heart is clothed with garments of praise.

” By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”Psalms 137:1-3.

Singing is one of the emblems of Zion, songs of Zion are songs of joy. One of the effects of the songs of Zion is the turn around of captivity. When they refused to sing the songs of Zion, their captivity was sure.

The same songs procure deliverance. The songs of Joy connects men on earth to heavenly helps by the release of the instruments of joy.

Those that sing of the beauty of the lord receive beauty for ashes, oil of joy overtakes mourning and garments of praise are received against the spirit of heaviness.

Never leave joy behind! The songs of joy release the instruments of joy anywhere and everywhere.

“Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”Isaiah 51:11.

Prayer:

Thank you Father for the riches of redemption and the liberating power of Joy. The instruments of joy ensures that we enjoy the beauty of the lord, oil of joy and garments of praise always. This is the heritage of redemption in Jesus name.

TURNAROUND POWER OF JOY

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. Isaiah 61:3-4.

Zion is the place of appointment with joy, and disappointment with mourning and heaviness. Every appointment begins with an invitation. This is what the invitation to Zion looks like:

-You are hereby invited to Zion city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.

-On the menu today is beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

-This invitation is to all and sundry, come thirsty and hungry.

-There shall be abundant supply of everlasting joy for as many that come.

-Unlimited sounds of music, laughter and dancing shall be provided by the songs of joy band.

–Come one! Come all!!

—Everyone that comes to Zion never remains same, Jesus is lord.

“Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”Isaiah 51:11.

For those that think that heaven is going to be boring,think again. Zion is a type of heaven on earth, joy is the atmosphere of the presence of God. The spirit of heaviness, ashes and mourning are terminated or expires in Zion. No wonder the redeemed alone have access to everlasting joy at work.

Christianity is boring and mechanical without everlasting joy. The oil of joy renews, refreshes and revitalizes the abundant lifestyle of the redeemed. Everlasting joy turns the depressed and oppressed to trees of righteousness. Zion is the place to experience the turn around power of joy.

Never leave joy behind, it is God’s franchise, it’s never in short supply in Zion.

“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”Psalms 30:11-12.

Prayer:

Dear Father, thank you for the turnaround power of joy, my life is never the same. Beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, all that I need for my joy to be full is supplied. Thank you lord Jesus.

EVERLASTING JOY

For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God:or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 2 Corinthians 5:13-14.

Everytime I remember the word infectious jollity, its a reminder of my posting in mental health during medical school. The laughter is raucous, the excitement is out of this world but the reason is unknown. The dancing, singing and clapping could be loud and energetic however the place is inappropriate and the person is beside himself. Sometimes other persons in the ward are drawn into the cycle of laughter, dancing or singing yet it makes no sense.

Why do we sing, dance or clap? What is the difference between theirs and ours? Some persons have been termed out of their mind for their encounter with everlasting joy and expressing some form of “infectious jollity”. This is the source and cause of joy for the redeemed, Jesus died that I may live abundantly.

I am not beside myself, I am rejoicing with the joy of salvation.

“Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”Isaiah 51:11.

Singing and dancing are not the source of joy but redemption. Some have turned to music for joy and gladness but got sadness instead. Redemption is the ticket to joy with or without music.

Zion is the headquarters or the place of joy for everlasting. Everlasting joy could make one behave unseemly but that is unto God. The entrance of joy maybe dramatic, the song could have a deeper meaning. Emotions maybe overcome, laughing, singing, crying and shouting could be expressed. One thing is sure, everlasting joy turns things around positively, nothing remains the same. Go for it.

“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.nO Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”Psalms 30:11-12.

Prayer:

Dear father, thank you for the turnaround power of everlasting joy. We return with joy unpeakable full of glory today, sorrow and sighing is far from us by redemption. So let it be in Jesus name.

FULLNESS OF JOY

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10

One of the virtues freely available and  abundantly supplied in Zion is fullness of joy. Zion is the presence of God, the life and nature of God is fully expressed. The church represents Zion, a place to be in touch and renewed to enjoy. The worship, fellowship, singing praises and dancing is part of the process.

Zion is the atmosphere of joy, however not everyone is full of joy. Some obtain excitement from the hype of music and dancing around. This maybe due to lack of connection to Christ or wrong expectations. Those that are in touch obtain joy and gladness not hype, happiness or excitement.

The difference is that one extinguishes soon after the music ends the other continues long after the music ‘s over. Zion is the headquarters of Joy for the redeemed to be refreshed.

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”Psalms 16:11.

Joy is God’s signature, his presence is electric with joy presents. It is the proof of being in touch with God and having appeared in Zion. The redeemed obtain fullness of joy in Zion to live abundantly. The redeemed are not reduced but recharged in Zion with fullness of joy.

God invented joy for the redeemed to enjoy. Sorrow and sighing flee when joy and gladness is obtained. Zion is not a place for excitement but enjoyment, this might change your perspective permanently. The fullness of joy ensure that there is no dull moment here.

The redeemed are refilled with the fullness of joy not trickles; joy like a river flows in Zion. No more dry seasons with the fullness of joy; enjoy.

“They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.”Psalms 84:7.

Prayer:

Dear Father thank you for this heritage of redemption, fullness of joy is our ticket to enjoy life abundantly. We are not called to sorrow and sighing but joy and rejoicing. So let it be in Jesus name.

Joy sings!

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38.

One of the therapy for depression management is music. Music has a soul lifting effect, the lyrics and the dancing has great impact. Parties are one of the avenues for singing and dancing. The parties may be all night, the excitement and happiness is electric especially when a familiar song is played and danced to the rhythm. This is the feeling that is sought for when the party begins. When the music and dancing ceases, the heart returns to its usual state of health.

Jesus made the call when the music and dancing stopped and the heart was going back to ground zero. Happiness and excitement is outside, joy is in the inside. With joy, the music and dancing never stops!

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3.

I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, “God invented joy” it’s his franchise and signature. When the dancing and music stops on the outside, the heart continues to sing and dance to the rhythm and rhyme of heaven.

Joy sings, it always has a song; it’s sync with the heartbeat of God. Those that draw water from the wells of salvation have a river of living waters flowing from their heart and soul. It could flow out in a song, or a dance without music on the outside. This may be concerning to persons that watch you closely.

Joy on every side is one of the heritage of salvation, the river keeps flowing.
This joy cannot be given, neither taken by man; joy always has a song, the music never stops.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Isaiah 55:1-2

Prayer:

Father I am grateful for joy from the wells of salvation, the river that continues to flows when the music ends. Joy refreshing and reviving. There is no dull moment in you by the joy of salvation in Jesus name.

OIL OF JOY

Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Joel 1:11-12.

Every engine that runs well has a good oil level. It’s customary to check the oil level before putting the engine on When there is no oil, some engines will  not run. Some engines will stop working as soon as the oil gets to a critical low. Others would knock when the oil level is low or dry. It’s amazing how much work the oil does in lubricating the hot moving parts of the engine to facilitates internal combustion.  That is the role of joy in the hearts of men, it’s for productivity and fruitfulness.

Everything dries and dies for lack of joy. Joy is the ticket and tonic of life. Life may not give you what you desire, but joy changes your portion.  When joy ceases, drying, dying, languishing and withering begins.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”Isaiah 12:2-3.

Joy refreshes, vitalizes and revitalize dead, dying or dry situation and circumstances. Joy is the ticket to productivity and fruitfulness.

Lack of Joy is the reason why things dry up, oil of joy makes your life green always.  It’s time to stop blaming the circumstances for the drying out of things. Check your joy level, it determines your life  of productivity for every activity. Do not burn out with activity without joy, joy is the job of the word of God.

When things around are withering, drying, languishing it dying, know that it’s time to turn your sadness to rejoicing for a turning around.

Joy makes your life green, Christ gives the oil of joy for mourning by his word. Take a drink of the oil of joy, it’s the tonic of life. Nothing dries, dies, withers or languishes again in and around me by the oil of joy.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”Isaiah 61:3.

Prayer:

Dear Father, thank you for the provision of the oil of joy that ends mourning, it’s my ticket to fruitful living. It turn dry situations and circumstances around in Jesus name.

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