Yesterday was Christmas and many people went out for picnics, family fun, get-togethers, visits etc. Many people exchanged gifts. I know some families did the traditional gift boxes under the Christmas tree. Many had food to eat and to share. Some others maintained a low-key Christmas for one reason or the other. But no matter how you celebrated your Christmas, with fanfare or low-keyed, I want to encourage you not to let go of the spirit of celebration. Yesterday, I said God was ready to bring you joy in the midst of adversity, but even if it is yet to manifest, don’t give up. Hang in there because your spirit determines the result you get.
It is vitally important for us to maintain a merry heart. There are many things released in the atmosphere to keep you sad and break your spirit. The devil knows that if he can get you in the realm of complaints and grumbling, he will be able to steal successfully from you. He knows that the spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a broken spirit no one can bear. So his target is to break your spirit and make you doubt all the promises of God, but you must not allow him. You will be surprised how many people are suffering from sicknesses they never bargained for and even some have died because of their heart condition.
The text gives us a powerful revelation. A merry, joyful happy heart is as good as medicine. A merry heart is medicinal. How much do you need it today? It is a choice you have to make. Then it goes on to say when your spirit is broken it dries the bones, in other words a broken spirit breaks down your body with all kinds of sickness and diseases. A broken spirit will break down your immune system and make you susceptible to even the weakest bacteria. I therefore challenge you to refuse to be sad no matter what. My friend rise up and leap for joy and see the devil bow before you.
Psalms 34:1-8; 118:19-24, Philippians 4:1-4