By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi
Memorise: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11).
Read: Psalm 16:5-11
Man is by nature, limited in all areas of life. What qualifies a man for glory, victory and excellence is the backing of the Almighty. For without God, man can do nothing (John 15:5). Every man on earth is in daily search of joy and fulfilment. These cravings have either brought men closer to God or gotten them enticed by the devil.
Joy is one major fruit of the Holy Spirit that compels the move of God. There’s no situation on earth that can bring man to fullness of joy. God is the source of joy and as such, every one seeking eternal fulfilment will require divine intervention. If God is not in your pursuit, victory is not in view. The closer you are with God, the better you become on the earth. All other avenues to joy devoid of God’s touch, will at best only earn you happiness. Happiness is common and is as a result of happenings. No material acquisition or physical attainment can produce joy. Whatsoever a man possesses can only bring happiness which is short-lived and has temporary effects.
Salvation without the joy of the Lord is frustration in disguise. You can’t enjoy God when you live this earthly life in sorrow. It’s required that we pray in this fruit of the spirit into our lives if we will harvest the best of God on the earth. The joy of the Lord brings strength and encouragement to the believer – Nehemiah 8:10. You can’t make tangible progress in life without a merry heart. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22).
Don’t allow the situations of your life, marriage, business and education to weigh you down. You can only get better if you link up with the Holy Spirit to receive abundant joy.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
God is the only known source of abundant joy, blessings and miracles. Don’t be deceived, if God is not in your pursuit, success will never be in view. Get God and get peace and joy. Seek the Lord and be blessed of Him. In His presence is fullness of joy; at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11). Don’t stay on the wrong side of earthly failure and defeat. Get into true fellowship with your Maker. Spend good time in worshipping Him, serve the Lord with gladness of heart and not by compulsion from men. Be built up through His word. If you will do these, your joy and miracles on earth will have no end.
Grant me access to the fullness of joy that comes from Your presence.