Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor – Joy in The Holyghost
“And they rose early in the morning … Jehoshaphat stood and said … Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness….” (2 Chron. 20:20-22)
Jehoshaphat consulted with the people and appointed singers to praise the beauty of God’s holiness. This was at a time when he should be panicking because of the strongest alliance of nations, at the time, that had besieged the country he was ruling. Not every singer can face a battle and still be singing and dancing. He had to select the ones that could do it. How do you sing and dance in the midst of a raging war? Similarly, not all persons can face the storms of life and still be joyful. For some people, the moment Mr. Landlord says, “I am increasing your rent,” they lose their singing voice. It is unfortunate that minor problems prevent people from attending church services.
A lady called after me repeatedly, “Papa”! I said, “I am hearing.” She said, “Papa, is this how my life will be?” “Where did God leave you?” I asked her. Finally, she said, “My husband just left me like that.” So I said, “Okay, is that what you are trying to tell me? Lets pray.” “Pray o, pray to your God now,” she said, breathing heavily in despair and anxiety.
That is exactly how many people are. When their neighbor ask, “Are you not going to church today?” They say, “In this situation? What will I go there to do?”
When you have joy in the Holy Ghost, every time is church time, every time is joy time. Interestingly, that woman’s husband returned. Whatever you lost is coming back to you.
Word of Wisdom: It takes the Holy Ghost to face a raging war, singing.
Prayer/Confession: In the name of Jesus. LORD, bring it back. (Ask him to bring back whatever you’ve lost).
Further Reading: 2 Chron. 20.