Do not allow people to determine your joy because the devil knows that your joy determines your strength, wisdom and the anointing on your life.
SCRIPTURE: Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:5
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Presence of God is the centre for joy; it is a joy station.
The Word of God reveals that there is a connection between your joy and your wisdom. It is with joy that wisdom is drawn out of a man’s heart (Isaiah 12:3). Wisdom is principally a product of the mind. So, whatever affects the state of the mind affects the flow of wisdom. This is why the negative emotions of depression, fear, doubt and anger affect the productivity of the mind.
Now, one major enemy of joy is DEPRESSION. It is an enemy that must be dealt with knowing fully well that your wisdom is determined by your joy.
Now, what are the dangers of depression?
1. Depression shuts down the mind (Proverbs 5:20).
Depression makes it impossible for people to access what the mind has to offer in terms of ideas, answers and solutions. The mind functions at its best when it is relaxed in joy.
2. Inspiration is impossible with depression (2 Kings 3:11). The Holy Ghost is the vehicle of joy, so, when the Holy Ghost is absent, inspiration will be lacking.
3. Depression paralyses action.
A depressed person cannot pray or study, thereby depriving himself of wisdom.
Now, the wisdom of God for handling depression is to make the choice for joy. Joy is a choice and not a gift (Habakkuk 3:17, 18). Do not allow people to determine your joy because the devil knows that your joy determines your strength, wisdom and the anointing on your life.
My counsel is, look at your future with excitement (Jeremiah 29:11), and make the choice to rejoice always (Philippians 4:4); make up your mind to fight depression from your life.
REMEMBER THIS: The Presence of God is the centre for joy; it is a joy station.
- Fuel your joy by studying the Word, praising and worshipping God.
- Determine to live a joyful life.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank You for the joy of salvation. I receive the joy of the Lord today and I decree that nothing shall steal my joy, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: YOUR JOY AND YOUR WISDOM
QUOTE: A man or woman, whose life is given to the worship and the praise of the Master can never remain unknown. Culled from ALABASTER BOX by Dr Becky Paul-Enenche
DAILY READING: 1 Kings 20-22.
AMAZING FACT: Jonathan Edwards was an American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian. Edwards is widely regarded as one of America’s most important and original philosophical theologians, known for his popular sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” a classic of early American literature.
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PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Every root of depression is cursed out of your life today in Jesus’ Name.
Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities