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September 18: Overflowing Joy

But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Isaiah 65:18

John 15:1-11; Isaiah 35:1-10

In yesterday’s devotion, we learnt that rejoicing must be an act of the will. We can determine to be full of God’s joy in spite of everything going on around us. So what are the practical ways to do that? I’m glad you asked because I am happy to share that with you today. First, as we have discussed previously, Joy is a product of the Word of God. Jeremiah (15:16) said when he found God’s Word; it became for him the rejoicing of his heart. So feasting on God’s Word increases our joy level. Also, learning to focus on His promises will stir joy in us (Romans 4:20). Maintaining the glow of God’s presence keeps the Holy Spirit pouring the oil of gladness on us. Also, Jesus said that through asking and receiving in prayer, our joy will increase (John 16:24). Finally, sowing financial seeds into the kingdom of God and other people’s lives will fill our hearts with joy (Psalms 126:5, 6). Meditate on these scriptures today, and begin to act on them. Then watch joy well up in your life like a river that never dries up! You are blessed!!