Joy unspeakable and full of glory. That was coursing through my spirit as I prayed this morning. I began to pray for joy, overflowing and pouring out onto every person I meet. It became so much more present in my spirit, that I looked it up in Scripture. “6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” Peter 1:6-8 The trial of my faith… I don’t know about you, but mine has seen some trials. That fire purified my faith, made it more precious than gold. Too many times than I can count Jesus has jumped into flames in situations I should not have even been in just to pull me out.
So, where is my joy now? It wasn’t that flames that quenched my joy. I allowed the devil to steal it when I gave him space in my life. Read that again. You can be thrown into the flames like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and still come out with your joy and not even have the smell of smoke on your clothes. Too many times we give space to the enemy and place him in a position to push us into the fire. Where are your thoughts when you are alone? Who are the people you are inviting into your personal space? Do you encourage and participate in the negative atmosphere surrounding you? Guard your thoughts, watch who you allow to have access to you, shut down negative talk around you. “13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 Be the holy as I am holy. Ouch. That hit home for me, but take heart He will still pull you from the flames you get yourself into.
“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:2 Wow, there is so much grace and comfort in that verse right there! Our Shepherd, takes His staff and gently (for some of us 🙋🏻♀️, not so gently) and brings us back in His fold. He restores our joy and cleanses us from the stench the smoke left behind. Thank You Jesus for your mercy and grace, but we’ve got to do better at protecting our joy. We must guard our minds daily because the devil seeks to destroy us, he’s constantly prowling to see if our guard is down so that he can attack. “8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].” 1 Peter 5:8-10
Finally, this morning God reminded me I’m chosen and so are you! “9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 We are a “peculiar” people. We are distinct, special. Don’t allow the devil to steal your joy. Do not let him ever dull your shine. We are sons and daughters of the most high King, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. That should put a smile on your face and a shout in your step. Joy unspeakable and full of glory, praise your way into it. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal