The Joy Of The LORD was taught by Rev. Dunamis Okunowo on the 7th of November 2021 at Shouts of Grace Center, Joke Plaza, Beside Trans Amusement Park, Bodija-UI Road, Ibadan.
In his teaching, Rev. Dunamis made mention of the following important points:
The devil doesn’t want you joyful at any time.
Joy is a decision, not a feeling. Decide to be joyful regardless of the circumstances.
Depression is not something you should allow in your life.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.Proverbs 12:25 (NLT)
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;James 1:1-2 (KJV)
As long as you are a human, several troubles will surely come your way. However, know that in the midst of all the troubles you are going to have the victory.
Your victory will come by joy, not depression. It may not look joyful, but rejoice!
In the midst of that adversity, something is being worked out.
Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith WORKETH patience.James 1:3 (KJV)
Rev. Dunamis then taught from Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.Romans 14:17 (KJV)
Joy is one of the things you can use to illustrate the kingdom of God.
If you want to get the best out of the Kingdom of God, you must live right, live in peace, and stay in joy.
You cannot live by your feeling! It is not everything that the body screams for that you must provide!
It wasn’t easy for Jesus to go to the Cross for you, but He went. It may not be easy to live right, but you must live right.
Peace comes when we are in the center of God’s will. Peace is an indicator that you’re doing what God wants you to do.
God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are all joy-beings
Sometimes joy is a decision you must make, irrespective of the situation.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [be] in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.Habakkuk 3:17-18 (KJV)
Joy affects prosperity.
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, [even] all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.Joel 1:12 (KJV)
You say, “The reason I don’t have joy is because I don’t have money.”
“The reason you don’t have money is because you don’t have joy.”
Nobody takes possession of anything through sadness/depression.
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:1 Peter 1:8 (KJV)
The joy may be unspeakable, but there are several other ways it can be expressed.
Ways to express Joy unspeakable
It is jumpable
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.Luke 6:23 (KJV)
It is singable
Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.Isaiah 52:9 (KJV)
It is danceable
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.Psalm 149:3 (KJV)
It is laughable
At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.Job 5:22 (KJV)
It is shoutable
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.Psalm 5:11 (KJV)
Worry adds nothing to your bank account; joy releases the forces of heaven to work for you.