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The weekly meditation scripture and inspirational nugget are designed to encourage you in your walk with God, strengthen your faith and give you a specific scripture to meditate on all week long. To get the most out of these weekly scriptures, we encourage you to keep them before you every day and apply them to your life and circumstances. Declare them daily and stay focused on them until you experience true results.
Many of us have probably noticed that joy can seem like a foreign concept in today’s environment. People have become so accustomed to living without it that its presence seems odd in an unhappy, stressful world. It’s important not to confuse happiness with joy; happiness comes from the way we feel, but joy comes from what we know. When God is the source of our joy, we find strength to face whatever life throws at us.
Restoration should be a reality in the life of every believer, and God wants to restore whatever has been stolen or broken in our lives. Joy plays a big part in this restoration. When we miss the mark and fall short, God is a God of forgiveness waiting to wrap His arms around us and show us His love and grace. Whatever painful things in life we go through, we know they won’t last forever.
This restoration is available to us, but if we want it, we need to claim it by faith. Every time we rejoice, restoration follows. Our decision to rejoice isn’t based on what’s happening around us, but on what we know from God’s promises. When we’ve lost our joy, we find it again by trusting that He will do great things in our lives, regardless of what we see or don’t see at the moment.
Putting this into practice takes effort on our part. There are plenty of opportunities to let fear take over, but our decision to rejoice instead of fear agrees with God’s Word. Knowing what He has done determines whether or not we can rejoice, and we learn His plans for restoration for us by studying His Word. We also have the added security of knowing that whatever He declares will come to pass.
Father God, You want the best for us, and that includes the joy that comes from You, not from the world. No matter how we feel, Your joy is always constant. This joy makes us strong in You, and it leads us to the restoration You want us to experience at every level. Thank You for Your promises and for the faith to claim them. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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