I once read a word by Bill Burns that the Lord led me back to this week and I want to share it with you. It said, “Listen, My people. Listen. I am shouting from the roof tops; this is the season of great joy. And, great joy I will release to you, which will bring strength of victory and power within you. I know what is coming and I know the outcome of everything. Receive that which I am doing right now. Let me deposit My joy in your heart, and despair will go. Come into your rightful position of allowing Me to lead you into all joy, says the Lord.”
“Let me deposit joy in your heart and despair will go” took me back to a morning in 2012.
I was asleep in the early hours of the morning, and I was dreaming. I dreamt that Jesus had come to me and touched me and when He did, great joy flooded me. It was a joy unlike anything I had ever experienced. It was so real to me that I woke up laughing, filled with great joy.
When I awoke, I was thankful for that joy, especially at that exact time in my life. You see, it was one year to the day since we buried my brother. However, the joy was short-lived. It was only a couple hours later I found out my oldest sister had gone to be with the Lord in the middle of the night.
I found it very odd that God would give me that dream on the morning I would find my sister had passed, and a year to the day from my brother leaving this earth. But I knew God was telling me something. I knew He was telling me that there would be a time of great joy, I only needed to hold on to that. And hold on to it I did. Just recently I shared this dream with a friend. She conveyed to me that she felt the Lord was also showing me the joy my sister felt when she stepped into his presence.
It was much later that I realized that deposit of joy, at that exact moment, kept me from allowing despair to overtake them as I walked through that difficult season.
Luke 2:10 says, “And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
Most of us are familiar with this verse. Especially at this time of year. Good Tidings of Great Joy! This was fulfilled when Christ came to earth.
Let’s look at a few of the words in this scripture.
Tidings means good news of blessings.
Great means massive in weight and intense.
Joy means joy, gladness, to rejoice and be glad and to thrive. I love that.
This truly should be a season of joy. Frankly, I don’t see that joy on most faces. Yet, the truth remains that this joy is available to us, if we will only receive it.
It is my prayer for you today that you will allow God to deposit into YOUR heart…. great joy. He is offering this awesome gift this season; won’t you accept it?
May God deposit into your heart joy, a massive weight of intense blessings, so big that it will cause you to rejoice, be glad and thrive in your inner most being. And may all despair vanish once and for all amid His joy in you.
Blessings to you in this most joyous season!
Appoint My Days
I make every moment of my life count. I will be full of joy and peace, enjoy every second of my life, and will not waste time in worry, fear, doubt, unbelief, complacency, depression, strife or anger. A cheerful heart is good medicine, so I will laugh a lot, have lots of fun, be light-hearted, and enjoy my life. Jesus came that we may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance, to the full, overﬂowing. So, I will enjoy my life to the full and have abundance in every area – ministry, experiences, relationships, finances, and health.
Proverbs 17:22, John 10:10