Deliverance (Part 27)
By Joy And Praise
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV)
A joyful heart is good medicine...
Proverbs 17:22 (NASB)
For the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
Even sour faces smile when a baby laughs. Why? Because such pure joy contains much pure power: the power to soften a sadly hardened heart; the power to protect from demonic forces.
'And Jesus said to them, 'Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself' ' ?' (Matthew 21:16).
'A cheerful spirit is one of the most valuable gifts ever bestowed upon humanity by a kind Creator. It is the sweetest and most fragrant flower of the Spirit, that constantly sends out its beauty and fragrance, and blesses everything within its reach. It will sustain the soul in the darkest and most dreary places of this world. It will hold in check the demons of despair, and stifle the power of discouragement and hopelessness. It is the brightest star that ever cast its radiance over the darkened soul...' (James H. Aughey).*
As saints seasoned in the Spirit can tell you, joy and praise push mankind's enemy away. To his ears, they're fingernails on a chalkboard. To his eyes, they're blinding lights of exposure. To his nose, they're a whiff of his destruction. To his chains, they're agents of deliverance.
'Saying with a loud voice,
'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!' ' (Revelation 5:12)**
To Be Continued...
* James H. Aughey: http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/James-H.-Aughey-Quotes/
** Revelation 5:8-12: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=rev+5%3A8-14&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.