“…be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” (Nehemiah 8: 10, Amplified Bible)
God’s delight is our protection. His joy is ever-present and immediate, and our joy in Him, in goodness and love, is everywhere. This happiness is natural to us and inseparable from us, for we are never apart from the source of it, God.
We have every reason to be joyous and to give up grief and depression. There is nothing stronger than Omnipotent Life–that Life that is full and promising and perpetual. This divine Life is constantly refreshing us, beckoning us into newness and glory, even when we feel the world is crashing around us. The darkness is made to be lit. It calls out for the light of Love and receives it.
And this acceptance of our natural and necessary happiness is our strength and our foundation. The beliefs about loss and disappointment, inadequacy and failure, can’t take our joy away from us unless we agree to it. Being joyous, grateful, aware of God’s ever-available and active good, brings it to light; and our natural state of freedom, lightness and happiness surfaces. It is easier to accept joy than to deny it. We are built to laugh, to smile, and to love. Your purpose is to lighten the world with your radiance. Don’t delay!
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