Joy contains restorative power. It restores and makes things better than before. God doesn’t only give back what the enemy stole. He gives everything back plus more, added and multiplied to you.
At times, we have to lift our hands and shout to the Lord. We may even need to dance or spin around. We have to do whatever it takes to release the joy of the Lord inside us and shake off depression and oppression. Nothing can beat joyful believers!
Joel 2:21-23, 25 (NKJV)
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things!
22 Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; for the open pastures are springing up, and the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their strength.
23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you.
We find three instructions to receive restoration listed in verse 21:
- Fear not.
- Be glad.
The first thing we must do to operate in restoration is not to be afraid. Fear connects us to things we don’t want. We need to be “Teflon” Christians where nothing sticks to us. Whenever we are rejoicing, whatever the enemy tries to bring against us—thoughts of fear, lack, and destruction—can’t stick.
Second, we have to be glad. Knowing Jesus and being assured of His love and how much He cares for us should be enough to keep our gladness level high.
Third, we are instructed to rejoice. God told us to rejoice and be glad. When we do, He will give us the former and latter rain together. We will have what they had under the old covenant and more.
Whatever has been taken from us, rejoicing will get it back and then some! God wants to bring restoration to His Church and our lives. All hell can break loose, but when we know how to tap into the force of joy, we will remain steadfast and immovable because our eyes are on Jesus and His promises. That gives us confidence about the way things will turn out. We win!
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