The joy of the Lord is my strength…
How many of us really feel that way one hundred percent right now?
I love it when God pours out His joy because something supernatural happens when He does. It truly strengthens you.
Do you ever question why some people are joyful and others are not? Sometimes we all need a fresh revelation of Gods love. When I am weary I take the time to be broken before God. I sow tears before the throne.
Sowing tears opens the well spring of love on the inside of us. The love of God has so captured my heart to a new depth, height, width and length as in Ephesians 3. This very love is beginning to pour out and overflow into the lives of those around me. Gods love has lavished upon me and these deep encounters in His presence are keeping me in a desperate cry for MORE.
I am reminded of the wife of the prophet who cried out to Elisha because a creditor was coming to collect her sons as slaves because of the debt her husband owed. God used Elisha in that moment and the woman and her two sons filled many vessels with olive oil. Elisha instructed her to pay her debt and live off the rest. Isn’t God good in the manner that he will rescue, he will supply the provision, pay our debt, and give us vessels that overflow to live “off of (2 Kings 4)”.
What a great depiction of this wife leaning on the Lord.
I would say the same for many of my childhood years. I leaned on the Lord. I sowed many tears as a child. I used to make big promises to God in my heart. As if I were so convincing or that cute that God would do what I asked.
Of course, I’ve always asked “BIG” prayers and when God started answering those prayers as a child it overwhelmed me. It overwhelmed me that this Almighty God cared about me so much that He would give me the desires of my heart. He loves to answer our prayers. As a child, I believed He loved me so much. There was no doubt in my heart that He was real to me. I had desired to know Him intimately.
I had this love for God in my heart. It was like this knowing that I belonged to HIM. I believe there was a FIRE I had obtained by that FIRST initial love encounter as a little girl.
My love for Jesus still BURNS AND THE FIERY TRIALS TO BE ENDURED FUEL ME TO SEE JESUS FACE TO FACE.
To this day, my Father in Heaven still holds me and keeps me…
I believe we are in a season of receiving the fullness of joy. I believe it is the season that joy will overflow in our lives like never before to give a strength that in no other way we could have obtained on our own.
The joy of the LORD is truly our strength.
Shout for joy!
May our weeping also be in repentance that we may grow closer to our God.
My heart weeps for this generation to know God.
Does your heart move with compassion for this generation?
Could you experience a BURNING passion to be a doer of Gods word not just a mere hearer? Have you taken the time to sow tears that you may reap an eternal joy?
Think of a few things that touch your heart with compassion. Think of that as similar to the compassion God feels for you. I know God desires for you to live a life of purity and to follow Him no matter the cost.
Jesus paid the price for our tears. He knows each tear drop. A heart that BURNS for God is also bold to CRY for Him. Cry out for His will to manifest in the Earth. Cry out for lost souls to enter the Kingdom of Heaven today. Cry out with a fierceness in your voice. Cry out to have MORE JOY!
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
Psalm 126:5 ESV
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
Though you have not seen, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.