Saturday, December 29, 2007

I'm going to be happy anyway.

Yesterday my cousin and I read the chapter from Debi Pearl's book, Created to be His Help Meet, called A Merry Heart. We also read the next chapter A Thankful Spirit, since thanksgiving is a real precursor to joy.

I wanted to share some verses on joy with you, because if you are depressed, you simply cannot get too much joy! You need a constant influx of it! Think about it- you've had your mind bombarded daily, sometimes 24 hours a day with depressed, miserable, hopeless thinking. Well, now is the time to sow a seed of joy into your mind! The good thing is- you only need a seed to get started. Have you ever grown zuchini? If so, you know that it only takes one or two seeds to end up with more zuchini than you know what to do with! You have had your fair share of depressed seeds, I'm sure, but the depression, isn't truth. It has no real value, or any power over God (Who is Love). When you choose joy, you are choosing God's will for your life, and then all of God and His power can back you up. Seed for seed, joy is more powerful than depression. Again, think about gardening: If you plant an heirloom tomato seed, you will end up with a strong plant, bright read fruit, and a powerful taste (not to mention the antioxidants!) But if you plant a hybrid, you will get a nice fruit, for sure, but it has been denatured- when you take a seed from that tomato and plant it, it will not produce in kind. You will get a denatured product. The next generation after that will be more so. In the same way, depression is a denatured, perverted counterpart of joy. A corruption. Joy is the truth- the original condition of man.

Psalm 126:4-6
Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.

Those who plant in tears reap with joy. This is a spiritual principle! You can't reap any joy unless someone does something to sow it. But! You don't have to have ANY joy to sow some! You can be in grief, in severe mourning, in tears, just like the verse said, and yet: you will reap with shouts of joy if you will only plant. How to plant? Better start with the word of God. God who loves you has been gracious enough to give you a book full of seeds, and Jesus His Son has purchased true freedom and joy for you with His blood. Read your bible- find some verses on joy, and begin to store them up hopefully in your heart. It will make all the difference.

Psalm 5:11-12
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Protect them, so all who love Your name may be filled with joy. For You bless the godly, O Lord, surrounding them with Your shield of love.

This makes me think of music. One easy way to begin renewing your heart to joy is to surround yourself day and night with right music. I must say, that just music is not going to do it. When I was depressed, I listened to terrible stuff- Sarah Machlachlan, Queensryche, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Alanis Morrissette, and others. This stuff will only feed your depression! Once I was healed, I threw all this stuff out, and began listening to worship music, and music with a scriptural base. I had it going in the house all the time, and pretty soon when a depressed thought would come at me: immediately (almost simultaneously) would come the lyric from one of the songs I'd been listening to. My spirit was being so fed, so saturated with the good music, that I didn't feel any need to get depressed!

I could write much longer, but for time constraints I've got to quit here! So consider joy today- I challenge you to find one thing- no matter how small- that is worthy of your smile! If there is nothing worthy, then let your smile be your seed, so that someday you will be reaping in joy.

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