As we continue on this journey we have to get to the place of knowing how to encourage ourselves. We have read how David encouraged himself in the Lord and we have read and heard about the fact that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We have heard it preached, but it seems that no one is really escorting us into how to do this and what it really means. Oh, sure it is easy to exult in the Lord when all is going well, but when a child has died, when you have been fired from your job, or when you are at the point of divorce or false accusation how to you praise Him? How do you forget about your now situation and focus on Him?
These are not easy situations to be in, but I submit to you that this is a choice. This is something that you must do on purpose. No one is happy or joyful by accident and you depend on joy coming by external happenings. Joy comes from the inside and so if there is nothing on the inside then of course you cannot expect it to come. My question to you is this: IF you are saved and in relationship with Yeshua and if Ruach Kodesh (Holy Spirit) dwells on the INSIDE of you, then the joy in fact IS there so why can't you draw from that place? When someone passes of course we are to mourn because it is a loss and it affects so many. But to go on in a depressed state because of it or because someone has walked out on you, fired you, talked about you, or falsely accused you is unacceptable. The devil wants you in a place of anger and depression. The adversary wants you in a place where you cannot experience the Presence of Yehovah and bask in His unexplainable joy. Why would you be so distracted (because that is what it is) that you cannot see the Lord in the midst of your circumstances? He alone is our strength and remedy for any and all situations. People say things like, "I am human." That very well may be, but we are called to be super human, to be more than conquerors and to run to Him because HE is a very present help in our time of need.
Can you just say to yourself, "Yes, this has happened, but it won't destroy me." We have not been taken out of the world and remember Yeshua said that we would have tribulation, but He overcame!
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it will be evident that such overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. 8 We have allkinds of troubles, but we are not crushed; we are perplexed, yet not in despair; 9 persecuted, yet not abandoned; knocked down, yet not destroyed. 10 We always carry in our bodies the dying of Yeshua, so that the life of Yeshua may be manifested in our bodies too. 11 For we who are alive are always being handed over to death for Yeshua’s sake, so that Yeshua’s life also might be manifested in our mortal bodies. CJB
So then BE encouraged and on purpose! We have so much more going on from within us. To be or not to be- that is a choice.
Shalom to you and within your gates.
Prophet Nabiyah Baht Yehuda Mattocks © 2014