Joy

JOY

 

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.” -Ezra 6:22


Child of God, it is time to celebrate with joy!  You might be asking, “What exactly am I celebrating?”  You’re celebrating that your miracle working God is a God who hears your cry and comes to raise you up at the proper time.  He is a God who does miracles beyond your comprehension.  He is a God that does everything with wonder and awe!  He is a God of the impossible!  This is the reason to celebrate with joy.

Now, I ask you what situation are you in?  What are you asking God to do for you?  Is it possible God desires you to pray that He would change the attitude of the person that you need help from?  God has many ways to answer prayer.  God stands with you.  He remains by your side.  He is present.  He is on location ready to help YOU!

One way God helps us is to change the mind and/or the heart of a person who is stopping God’s will in your life.  This verse clearly shows that.  Perhaps you’re dealing with a unsaved husband or a boss that is making your life miserable. Go before God, on your knees, and ask Him, with a heart of thanksgiving and celebrating whom He is and say, “God, grant to me the same as you did Ezra and your people.”  This was no easy task for Ezra or the people, but Ezra knew God was able to help them.

In the beginning of his journey, God had already touched the King’s heart to allow him to go.  Ezra was the King’s cupbearer.  This position was given to a highly trusted individual.  The job of Ezra was to take a sip of the drink the King was going to drink and to make sure no one was trying to poison him.  You could say this job was indispensable, but God allowed the King to let him go and with a letter of protection as he traveled.  He knew just how his God was so powerful! His word says, “The king’s heart is in his hands and he will turn it each way he pleases!”

As you bring your request before God, ask if the attitude change might be your heart He is looking to change, and then ask God to change the heart of the person who is causing the problem.  Lay everything at the altar.  Rejoice and celebrate as you bring your request to Him because He has made it possible through Jesus Christ for you to go in boldly.  Once you go into the Holy of Holies, God himself will meet you there.

Put Your Hope and Trust in God!

 

Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

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