What's Your Best Ally?


The joy of the Lord is truly your strength! It is your best ally in times of discouragement and trouble.

Days go by, each one different than the last. Every moment is unique, bringing joy, enthusiasm, misunderstanding, or discouragement. Humanly speaking, it’s hard to get past moments that are difficult. However, we should choose to fix our eyes on Jesus and on His Word. Why? Because our God is faithful! And our God has entrusted to us a formidable weapon -- His joy!

The book of Nehemiah gives us a beautiful illustration. We read that the people, when they discover God’s law, begin to weep in discouragement. But their governor, Nehemiah, encourages and exhorts them to have a party and rejoice! (see the Bible, Nehemiah 8:9-10)

And that’s what the people did. When it seemed all they could do was cry, they went home, feasted, and celebrated.

God knows what He’s doing when He asks you to take ahold of His joy and rejoice in Him...the joy of the Lord is truly your strength! It is your best ally in times of discouragement and trouble. 

Do you feel discouraged or defeated today? Take hold of the joy that God wants to give you! He is your help, your fortress, and your friend. This joy is His gift to you!

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