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On Monday night we have a two hour prayer meeting. During this prayer meeting we pray for revival and awakening in Alamance County. That people who know Jesus would fall more in love and people who do not know Jesus would accept Him!

At the end of the prayer meeting one of our interns read a passage of scripture. Romans 12:9-21. The very last verse says this: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Many times I wonder can I even overcome the evil that I see in my heart and desires? But it is possible!!! We can overcome evil by CHOOSING the RIGHT thing. Choosing what is good.

BUT the problem now becomes: Do I love what is good enough to choose it? Many times I DON’T! Which is why evil overcomes me!

Ps. 45:7 says, “You (Jesus) have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows.”

So many times with Christians we wonder why we aren’t filled with joy. Aren’t we supposed to be the most happy people??? YES WE ARE!

I was watching a video of Mike Bickle and Misty Edwards months ago, maybe even a year ago. Misty said something that has stuck in my mind ever since and that the Lord reminded me of on Monday night. Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy above His fellows BECAUSE He completely LOVES righteousness and HATES wickedness. But WE have something in us that still loves wickedness!!!

I see this so EVIDENT in my heart! I do not always overcome evil with good, because I don’t love the good thing enough, and there is love in my heart for the evil!!

So my prayer and pursuit is to LOVE righteousness and what is good, and ABHOR evil and wickedness as Jesus does!

I want to be violent in my pursuit to LOVE what Jesus loves and HATE what Jesus hates!!

Do you see it in your own life? The places where we still love wickedness? Oh to be anointed with the oil of joy!!! Oh to hate evil with every part of our beings!

Do it in us, God! Cleanse us and purify us of all the places where we still LOVE what You HATE! And make us a JOYFUL people like YOU are Jesus!

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I am going through one of those “seasons”,  something like a wilderness. One of those times where you pray that it is just a season. When you have to be conscious to not throw pity parties. When you have to remind yourself that God does love you, and His love is the only love that really matters. When you have to speak to your soul continually, to keep it from despairing.

One of those seasons where it seems like everything has gone wrong, just when you thought you couldn’t handle anything else.

You know those times. When it is really easy to be sad, and even kind of comforting because hey, you are going through a hard time, you deserve to be sad. Every little thing makes you sad. Things like your best friend didn’t text you back fast enough. Or you feel left out when you aren’t invited to things because you had other plans. (here I roll my eyes at the ridiculousness of it all)

Well, this is where I have been the past couple days. Just before writing this post I was venting to the Lord all the “woe is me” problems I am having. I even would smile and roll my eyes at myself as I would write selfish and stupid things. But I wanted to be honest with Him. At the end of it though, I remembered that no one can steal my joy. (A post at this blog reminded me: Kingdom Twindom.) It is my choice to give it up.

The Lord really opened my eyes to this truth during my internship at IHOP-ATL in 2008.  The truth is this:

Joy is a choice.

It is our choice to choose joy. Why? Because we have access to fullness of joy. It is found in His presence. (Ps. 16:11) It isn’t something that is taken from us without us having a say in it. No one can take our joy. Not even the gravest of circumstances or the most horrible of people.

Because there is a secret. Learning joy in all things. Learning contentment in all things. It is possible and it is found in HIM! Letting our mind, will and emotions concentrate on the most Beautiful One!

So what do you choose today? Even though my feelings or circumstances may say something else, I choose joy today!!! Pour out Your presence on us  Lord, that we would encounter the FULLNESS OF JOY!

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On Wednesday night I had the most amazing experience in the prayer room! Something just broke within me and I was able to dance and dance and dance before the Lord! It was amazing! It was during our 4am to 6am intercession set. A bunch of us started dancing and then everyone ended up dancing and we danced for almost the whole 2 hours! It was so awesome just to be free and just enjoy Jesus and dance before Him in joy!

When the morning people came in at 6 am we were still singing and dancing. They were looking at us like we were crazy, and then some of them started dancing too. It was so much fun!

My roommate Audria asked me if I was ok, and I looked at her kinda weird and said “this is me being normal”. So then I realized that the past 2 weeks I really haven’t been acting myself. One guy said he thought I was the kind of girl who was really intense and never wanted to talk to anyone. Then we hung out on Wednesday (before the dancing) and he said he realizes now that I’m not like that. But that started making me think. Why have I not been acting myself? I guess it just took some time to really adjust to being here, and to enjoying being here.

I’ve been so full of joy and excitement, its been amazing! And I am so enjoying my new friends! Its awesome to be able to experience God in such a real way with a group of people who are desiring the same thing. Which I’ve been part of a group like this for about 3 years now. My friends in Lynchburg and my friends in Burlington. I am so thankful and grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be part of such awesome communities!

Thank You Jesus for enjoying me and for allowing me the freedom to dance before You!

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