As life gets busy and things wear us down, it can be easy for us to become discouraged, down, sometimes even lethargic. It's never good for one to be in any of these places, especially for too long a period of time. Un-invited circumstances happen to us all; maybe just not at the same time. If we are not careful, we'll lose our joy and can become like the rest of the world. The world needs to see that we handle our problems differently than they do. Not because we are better, but because we have the Spirit of God in us to help us through the hard times. With the economy being so bad, it's taken a toll on the health of many. People are stressed out because they have no peace in knowing a God that will take care of them. We as Apostolics need to cast our care on Him, AND leave them there! Many times we cast our care on Him with a fishing pole, only to reel our cares right back in. We
can have peace and JOY, even in the difficult times. This is what the world needs to see. We are human, just like them, but we are a happy people because God is our help in time of trouble. He has saved us, blessed us, and He is with us through the storms of life.
Proverbs 17:22 says, A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
joy! SO much joy, in fact, that I started laughing hysterically!! The prayer meeting had settled down, and there I was laughing uncontrollably. I could hear some snickers (which I can't blame them, it IS funny seeing someone laugh in the Holy Ghost) but I just couldn't stop. It was a gut wrenching laughter I could not control. The words kept going through my mind, "devil, you're an idiot!" I felt such victory! Something had happened and I didn't know what, but I felt so good!
Later on that night, our new convert text me and said "Praise be to God! For He has opened my left ear."
On Monday night we met again for prayer. She was in much better Spirits. God is working on that family member that is giving her trouble. The young man reported he had gotten more work! God had answered our prayers.
I won't forget that night. I won't forget the joy I felt. The mood was so light after prayer! Something had happened!
Thanks be to God that even though our circumstances may not change right away, we CAN have JOY in those times. We can be free of worry. We can be happy. It is good for us, and it is was the world NEEDS to see! They are looking for joy and cannot find it. But they will see it in us if we continue to carry everything to God in prayer.
A Merry Heart Doeth Good like a Medicine!