“Joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

This devotional was originally posted on the 5th July 2020.

And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.                                        

Acts 13:52 (NASB)

This morning’s reading is about Paul and Barnabas who had travelled north from Cyprus into Pamphylia Region, they were now in Pisidian Antioch. Generally they were well received having been invited to address the synagogue on the Sabbath. Paul preached the Good News beginning with in the Old Testament; Egypt to Canaan, King Saul to King David and then his descendant Jesus Christ. It was a powerful message which left the listeners wanting more. The effect of the Gospel message upon the city and surrounding region was profound, and drew jealousy from the Jewish leaders of the town. These individuals raised a mighty furore and succeeded in driving the disciples out of town. The disciples didn’t leave grumbling though… they went rejoicing, full of the Holy Spirit.

They had wtnessed great results from sharing the Good News of Christ, as well as opposition and being driven out of town. Yet they did not let mere circumstances dictate how they felt, their confidence came the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. Knowledge of His presence reassured them, filling them with joy. Later Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi says this: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4-5).

Dear reader, rejoicing is not always easy when the trials of life drag us down. Be it personal, financial, social, health or even persecution, they all can cause real pain. The key to conquering these circumstances is found in keeping close contact with your Father God in prayer, who is always nearby. He will give us peace and reassurance through His Holy Spirit, blowing away the dark clouds. Seeking Him brings joy in all our circumstances, He will cheer our hearts like a serene sunrise after the storm.

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