Some months into the work of ministry in the land of Eruwa, I woke up with a high spirit. I strolled to the office, singing songs. One of them was: “I’ve got the joy of God in me. I’ve got the spirit of the Son of God. I’ve got the joy of God in me”. 

It was an interesting time in ministry. The only person assisting the office had just decided to ‘try out’ other things. He left for Lagos a day earlier. I was alone but in high spirits. 

As I opened the door of the church, the song in my mouth flew away. It was replaced with shock. The whole church was flooded. The office was not spared either. The devil began to leverage on the moment, “You cannot do this. You cannot continue with this. You are alone now. Who will help you?” 

God is always faithful. There was a thought in my heart about joy all that week. It was simple: 

Everything seems to go wrong when you feel weak and depressed. But when you choose to be cheerful, every day will bring you more and more joy and fullness.

Proverbs 15:15 TPT

A joyful heart has a continual feast. I remembered, “I am not sad because things are bad. Things are bad because I am sad”.

I laughed and said, “Jesus walked on water. Temi, you can walk in water”. I waded in the water and found a wood to sit on. I sat in the middle of it all and began to sing again. Then, I made calls to some church members. We took care of it all. We lost some books but we had a clean rug eventually. (Smiles) 

If you will walk with God, you must have an unbreakable spirit. Your journey of faith ends where joy dries up in your heart. Joy is the fuel that propels the called. If you ever run out of joy in any area of your life, things will begin to dry up. 

If it is your marriage, your union will no longer be strong. If it is ministry, the anointing will not flow. Even if it is business, creativity and inspiration will shut down. The devil is a trickster at magnifying problems. Be a master at magnifying God. 

Abraham built a resilient spirit by magnifying God. 

he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Romans 4:20 KJV

Have a culture of giving thanks to God no matter what—the attack on your joy is the attack on the future of your calling, ministry, and marriage. Do not allow it! 

Your joy is restored. 

Your strength is renewed. 

© temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa

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