Joy = Strength

Nehemiah 8:10 — “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (NLT)

Another version says, “And be not grieved and depressed” (AMP). There are too many Christians who are miserable and downcast. Depression is draining. Many believers are tired and lifeless because they continuously wallow in self-pity. Feeling sorry for ourselves wears us out physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but Nehemiah declared, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”

If you are worn out and tired today, all you need is a dose of His joy. You may say, “Well, that’s great and all, but I don’t have anything to be joyous about. My life is terrible.” If that is you, you need an attitude adjustment.

In all actuality, you probably have many things to rejoice over, but one thing is certain. If you are in relationship with Jesus, no matter what you face, you can always find joy in your salvation. Hallelujah! Pray as David did in Psalm 51:12, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit” (NASB).

Satan knows if he can steal your joy, he can break your will. And once your will is broken, it’s only a matter of time before you’re overcome with sadness. Then you are rendered useless to the kingdom of God, and the enemy has you right where he wants you—tired and depressed.

Maybe today you’re swimming in a sea of self-pity. You are dejected and worn out. I challenge you to look past your misery and focus on what the word of God says about you. I pray for the joy you felt at the time you came to know Jesus to be restored to you! Allow His joy to strengthen and uphold you right now. Depression has no hold; you are a child of God. Glory to His name!

Psalm 13:5 — But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation (NIV).

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