“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me to give them the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit”~ Isaiah 61: 1,3 [Amplified]
Everyone encounters problems from time to time. Problems cause us to feel dejected and discouraged. It is easy to feel hopeless in such circumstances. During such times we feel like giving up. However those who are filled with the Spirit of God don’t allow these feelings to take over them. They wear the garment of praise and rise above the sadness in their lives.
The best thing is that they don’t stop there. They become people who spread the light and joy of the Lord to everyone else around. They lift up the spirits of those who are heavy burdened and falling. They encourage others and share the goodness of the Lord to them.
Today we can choose to go up and be positive or go down and let negative thinking bring us down. The first is the choice to live joyfully and the second is the choice of a life of self-pity and degradation.
Let us ask the Lord to show us how to live a happy, joyful and complete life. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and teach us how to live.
Dear Jesus, help me to give up all forms of negative thinking. Lord, teach me to live a joyful life. Help me to experience the joy of salvation once again, Amen.
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