Philippians 4:4-7 ERV, Always be filled with joy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be filled with joy. Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.
I love to laugh, but I really love making people laugh. Laughing is just so much fun to do and listen to. You can be in the foulest mood, but laughter just carries it away. Proverbs says that laughter is good like a medicine. Lately as I worship the Lord, I’m overcome with so much joy that laughter bubbles up inside of me and spills over. That is known as the joy of the Lord. I can be overwhelmed with problems, issues that may send some into a pit of despair, but His joy comes along and says, ‘Move over! You don’t belong in this vessel,’ and away it goes.
Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. Wow! There’s a mouthful right there! I believe that by the time you finish giving thanks, you’ll find your needs are small and your God is big. When you enlarge the right things, the small things simply disappear. Focus on God, glance at the problem.
I will leave you today in the way I begin everyday:
“Father, I thank you for your Name. It’s above every name in heaven and earth. At your Name, demons tremble. Every problem has to bow to Your Name. I exalt your Name, make it large and glorious. Your Name brings peace and washes all fear away.
“I thank you for the Blood that was shed for me. That Blood covers all my sin, every mistake, misstep and wrong decision is redeemed by that Blood. When I watch you take all I’ve done wrong and drop it in a bucket of blood, I can no longer see it and neither do you. Thank you that it flows through my veins. As your daughter, I share your DNA so that everything in You is in me.
“Most of all, I thank you for your Word. It’s alive, powerful, sharper then a surgeons scalpel. It heals, it purifies, it delivers, it creates. Everything I need is found in Your Word. It always works. It always accomplishes what you sent it to do. Thank you that all my needs are met according to your Word. There is nothing that I have need of that you have not already provided. Because of your Word, I can come boldly to your throne of grace asking large things that my joy may be filled. I trust in your Word.
“Thank you that your peace that passes understanding, guards my heart and mind. I will stay focused on You and Your Word, pushing back everything in this world that disagrees with that Word. I will fill my mind with your Word, store it in my heart so that I don’t sin against you. I thank you that signs and wonders follow your Word and as I declare and decree what you say, you will back me up! Heaven and earth will pass away, but your Word will never cease.
“Now Father, everything I have is yours. My husband, my children, my family, my friends, my home, my things, my job and finances. Use me for your purpose. I surrender every care, I cast it on you. I won’t allow the things in this world to hold me back from doing and being all you’ve called me to do and be. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”