Monday, May 14, 2018

Using Alpha Power to Be Cheerful

UV 2946/10000 Using Alpha Power to Be Cheerful

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast
Proverbs15 v 15

Regardless of what has happened in our lives, regardless of the circumstances, we can predispose our hearts and minds to be cheerful, to have a victor mentality and not give in to a victim mentality. Our hope is in Christ that even as He overcame sin, poverty, misery, betrayal, deepest anguish and sorrow, physical torture, humiliation and a slow and painful execution, we too can face any or all of these with equal composure and confidence that the Lord will deliver us. That hope gives us the inner joy and peace. He embraced an absolute level of sorrow to exchange it in our hearts and lives for an absolute level of joy. Knowing the assurance that this hope brings, our hearts and minds can always be kept cheerful. We need to see the bright side of things. We need to count our many blessings. Then, our hearts will be like a continual feast in which the delicious, wholesome and healthy dishes of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control are being served. We need to dip into the dishes again and again for our appetite for these finer things of life will never be satiated. The Holy Spirit will make an inexhaustible supply of these dishes from the kingdom of God. We only need to ask ourselves – from which dish shall I serve myself now- should it be love or joy or peace or patience?

The joy of the Lord is my strength. What pleases the Lord is the source and cause of my sustenance. The Alpha power of the Lord embedded and confirmed in and by His word will work in our Omega situations or 360 degrees over 365 days of our years. It becomes an uninterrupted feast. The Lord is delighted when we find our delight in His company, in our personal relationship with Him made possible through Christ. He is delighted when we seek after His wisdom, rejecting our own and the world’s. He is delighted when we seek the things that are invisible and spiritual in preference to the physical and material. He is delighted when we find pleasure, strength and wisdom in His word.

Not only are our hearts cheerful when we meditate on His word but it reflects even in our faces. When our hearts are beating at the same frequency as the Lord’s, we will be aligned with His perfect will. The cheerful attitudes we cultivate and maintain also act as medicine to heal our past hurts and disappointments. Our minds are no longer to operate like an yo-yo going up and down according to whether the circumstances are good or bad. We set our minds like thermostats not to dip below a certain level of joy or cheerfulness. We move all lust and covetousness from our hearts and keep all available room therein for healthy emotions, continual rejoicing. That is why St Paul quotes King David, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again, I say, rejoice.” The joy of Christ is continually bubbling in and from our hearts to influence and spread to others in a contagious way.

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