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Go After Joy

“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:11)

“Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.” (Psalm 45:7)

We speak of the joy of the Lord quite often as a strength in trouble or a fruit of the Spirit… but I truly believe it is a great weapon for spiritual breakthrough and freedom.

God is completely faithful, He is generous as our Provider and sensitive as our Healer. When we are in need, He wants us to recognize His love and allow joy to lead us to our breakthrough. The psalms remind us that God’s loving kindness is new every morning (Ps. 30:5). His mercies are like the rains that fall upon the fertile soil of the heart to bring forth the seeds of spiritual strength (Lam. 3:22-24). No question, God is the instigator of our breakthroughs; yet we are all called to walk in step with Him for the achieving of spiritual victory.

We are co-laborers in the Kingdom of Heaven for our breaking forth.

As Kingdom Agents, we can and must see the joy of the Lord as a spiritually anointed tool that releases us from the chains of oppression. Joy is a great weapon against fear and depression.

I still remember…

In Sunday School years ago, we used to sing about the power joy had to bring great freedom in the Spirit. We would sing “if you want joy you must laugh for it” and off we’d go with, “ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha”. Pretty soon we would all experience laughter that would cause us to see differently the rest of the day. Those little songs were a point of release, setting the atmosphere of joy that influenced our dispositions and changed our heart attitudes. In one sense we were taking our thoughts captive without even realizing we were having moments of breakthrough.

I truly believe that the supernatural life of the Spirit is more natural than we think… try it – laugh a little and see if it doesn’t lighten the load. The Joy of the Lord can be your strength for breakthrough! (Neh 8:10)

Emotional Rollercoaster

Mt Elgon, Kenya

Mt Elgon, Kenya

The Prophet Elijah had experienced a great victory on Mt Carmel, where Yahweh was proven to be the true God. God had answered by fire, just like Elijah said He would. The people had turned their hearts toward God and the Baal prophets had been put to death (1 Kings 18:37-40). All things considered, it had been a great day in the Kingdom of Heaven.

All but that Jezebel thing…

These times of spiritual breakthrough; as powerful as they may appear, also open the door to vulnerable moments… uniquely human moments. Elijah had expended a great deal of energy, both physically and spiritually. It was truly a mountain-top experience, but now he needed to watch out for the valleys that lay below.

Jezebel’s Threat:

As soon as Jezebel heard of the victory of Elijah, she sent her threat and his expectations for revival and reformation were dashed into pieces like a china cup on a concrete floor (1 Kings 19:1-3). Being disappointed, Elijah got his eyes off the Lord, became fearful, and ran for his life down to Beersheba and then beyond into the desert. He was alone, having left his servant behind. He was tired, exhausted and in the wilderness by himself without food and water. And in the emotional state he found himself in, this threat seemed bigger than his strength could endure.

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Expectations:

Of course he was not alone; because the Lord was there, but he felt totally abandon, helpless, fearful, hurt and overwhelmed. He was not thinking from the viewpoint of God’s purpose any longer. As quickly as the victory was gained another battle was exposed. He had now resigned to pray that God would take his life from him. “I’m no better than my fathers” he said, “I’ve had enough.”

Our Father - Our Friend:

Taking the opportunity to ”father” Elijah, God asks him twice, ”Why are you here?” (1 Kings 19:9 & 13) In other words, God was asking His Child to think about what he had been doing. Elijah said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts, and the Children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left and they seek to take my life.” I can almost hear the passion of a frustrated son explaining to his father that he might be missing something.

The Father’s Response:

  • “I’m invested in you Elijah, because I love you.”

To me its the real story of the “still small voice”. God must remind us that the big things are awesome and can get the attention of people, but they are not the point. The point is that God loves us more than what we do! That is the truth that matters most. Intimacy with God is to feel like an embrace and an opportunity to hear the Father’s still small voice. He will whisper secrets that draw us close in times of disappointment, but we need to tune into them.

  • “You are not a failure. Get back on track, I trust your obedience.”

God believes in us more than we believe in ourselves. Here we see God demonstrate His loving approval of Elijah by saying, “Go anoint Hazael as King over Syria, Jehu as King over Israel and Elisha as a prophet to follow in your footsteps.” God was saying that He still had a plan and He was not done with Elijah. God wants us to recognize that we are part of a “big picture” and only He knows all that is happening within the frame.

  • “Encourage yourself in the fact that there are things in the spirit I am still revealing to you.”

Then God gives Elijah a secret… ”I’ve kept 7000 faithful people of Israel away from following Baal. So don’t give up, you are not alone.” We must remind ourselves that God is at work even when we do not see it.  Seeing properly means we must see spiritually. The alternative makes us vulnerable to the emotional rollercoaster of living under the threats and poor perception of natural sight.

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