Our Reason for Joy…
Isaiah 61:3 (NIV): “…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Let us be determined this week to choose:
Life instead of death. Let’s choose a crown of beauty instead of ashes. Let’s choose life in its fullest over being defeated by hardship and pain. Let’s commit to making this our daily prayer: “Father, I am Yours, restore hope in me… I choose life over death; beauty over ashes! I want to wear the crown of beauty because of You Jesus. I declare today: no more darkness or death – from now on I will live in Your light, Truth and holiness. Jesus, have Your way with me. Amen.”
Joy instead of mourning. Let’s lift our hands to heaven… our Lord is merciful, faithful, and patient. He is in control! Jesus defeated death! He delivers us. He is our salvation – we will therefore not perish, because our Lord is a miracle-working saviour! He can move mountains; He performs the miraculous, the impossible… He lifts us from darkness into light, He restore our lives! Let’s lift our eyes to Heaven… to the One who saves… to the One who loves us more than we can understand… to the only One who births overflowing joy in our hearts! Jesus is the only One who can turn our pain into joy!
Praise instead of despair. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Let’s lift our praises to our Heavenly Father! Let’s believe God to breathe new life into us! Let’s trust that God is in control of our lives. Let’s choose to praise and thank God instead of getting stuck in despair and dismay. Regardless of our situations – let’s choose to praise, sing and dance in the presence of our amazing Heavenly Father! Let’s choose to praise God for his goodness, faithfulness and love instead of pondering about our hardship. It’s about perspective. It’s about choice… Let’s praise God with all our souls!
Father God, we honour You! Jesus, You are our prince of peace. Our heart’s desire… You are all we need and want! No matter the storms we are facing – You are the One we trust and praise! We choose life instead of death! We choose joy instead of mourning! We choose to praise and honour You! Father, thank You that You have our best interests at heart! Do a great work in us. There is none like You! Thank You for loving and saving us! You are our reason for JOY!