Now is the Time to Be Joyful
by Steve Backlund
I declare that the joy of the Lord is your strength. As I think of joy, I have become aware of a troublesome subconscious belief system in me that is starting to come to the surface. I have believed that I will come to a time in life where I will be totally free from experiencing uncertainties, stressful situations, disappointment, unresolved issues, personal weaknesses, relationship challenges, and promises that I am waiting to see manifest. My deep belief has been that THEN I will be joyful. When everything lines up as I think it should, then I can walk in radical joy. This is a deception that creates joyless living.
Now, I do believe that difficulties will lessen as God's Kingdom advances in us and through us. We are indeed the blessed ones and should expect it to increase in every situation we face. Even though this is true, we also realize that as we are faithful in little things, we will be given more areas to have responsibility in (thus having new unresolved circumstances to believe for). Yes, we will always have situations that if we focus on them too long, could make us very discouraged.
So, I say now is the time to be joyful. It is unlikely there will be a more convenient season to activate the oil of gladness that is in us. Today is the day to rejoice. If we don't do so today, when will we? That is a question to ponder.