Laugh More!

‘We were filled with laughter, and…sang for joy’ Psalm 126:2 NLT

God created every human emotion you feel. He designed you to cry when you are sad and laugh when you are happy: ‘For everything there is a season… A time to cry and a time to laugh’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 NLT). Jesus said, ‘These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full’ (John 15: 11 KJV). Question: how often do you laugh? Doctors say laughter has incredible healing effects on your body. It also has incredible healing effects on your mind and soul. Stop and think about the days you laughed, even though you really didn’t have anything to laugh about. You were far from God and bound by sinful habits, but He set you free, didn’t He? In the Old Testament we read: ‘When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter…sang for joy. And the other nations said, ‘What amazing things the Lord has done for them’. Yes, The Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! (Psalm 126: 1-3 NLT). If God has set you free, then you truly have something to laugh about. Stop being so ‘heavy’ about everything! Expecting perfection from yourself; your slow growth in God; your deficient prayer life; your failure to memorise more Scripture verses; your fear of sharing your faith with others etc. We carry around such heavy burdens. If you’re ‘laughter impaired’ you may have to work at it. It’s easy to find plenty to worry about, but to be happy, you sometimes need to work at it a little. So the word for today is – laugh more!

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Your Daily ‘Spiritual Supplements’

‘Our Sufficiency is from God’ 2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV

Christian counsellor Dr Ann Shorb writes, “Each morning I reach for an assortment of nutritional supplements. Each has something I need, but not one by itself is enough to provide everything”. Here are the ‘spiritual supplements’ she says she takes:

1 His death on the cross is sufficient for my salvation: ‘He is also able to save to the uttermorst those who come to God through Him… He…lives to make intercession for them’ (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)

2 His strength is sufficient for my weakness: ‘He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak’ (Isaiah 40:29 NCV)

3 His authority is sufficient for my struggles: Jesus said, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and…earth. Go therefore’ (Matthew 28:18-19 NKJV)

4 His power is sufficient to restore me: ‘The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises…all who are bowed down’ (Psalm 145:14 NKJV)

5 His wisdom and knowledge are sufficient to direct me: ‘He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold’ (Job 23:10 NKJV)

6 His grace is sufficient for all my needs: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

Sometimes you’ll hear Psalm 51:12 quoted as ‘Restore unto me the joy of my salvation,’ instead of ‘Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation’. There’s a big difference! My salvation means me working to be saved and never knowing if I’ve done enough. Thy salvation depends totally on Christ’s finished work on Calvary. It acknowledges that while we’ll never be ‘sufficient of ourselves…our sufficiency is from God’

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