He Brought Them Forth with Joy
Psalm 105:43 tells us know how the newly freed Israelites came to that place. They came through tremendous hardships; they had been enslaved 400 years. In the fullness of time, God brought them out with joy. Think of what it feels like to be set free from slavery. That freedom is full of joy! It’s not just for formerly enslaved people, but for all of us, for we were all slaves of sin. (See Romans 6.) The act of Jesus set us free from slavery to the sin nature.
What is joy? Joy has been described as the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of our lives. It’s the quiet confidence that ultimately, everything is going to be all right. Joy is in the determined choice to praise God in every situation. Joy is a spiritual experience of living in a personal relationship with a personal God, whose very nature and identity is infinite goodness. What is the difference between joy and happiness? The synonyms are similar, but there is a difference. Why did God use the word Joy in His Word? Why is Joy one of the fruits of the Spirit? (Galatians 5.) Happiness is based on something happening in the natural world, like when you get a promotion or your team wins the championship. But if those things don’t happen, you don’t feel happiness. But the joy of the Lord that emanates from our spirit knows that God is in control no matter what circumstances dictate! For more insight, listen to this message delivered by Dr. Dowdy on April 26, 2020.
Key Scripture Psalm 105:43, 37, 38, 41 NKJV
43 He brought out His people with joy,
His chosen ones with gladness.
37 He also brought them out with silver and gold,
And there was none feeble among His tribes.
38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
For the fear of them had fallen upon them.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
It ran in the dry places like a river.
Special Healing Prayer: Lion of Judah Worship Center includes time for Holy Spirit directed prayer. The service has been separated into three parts. We encourage you to feast on this three course meal!
Foundation Scripture for LOJWC Ministry:
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23
What We Believe:
We believe in God, the Father, Almighty, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day he rose again according to Scripture. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father, from whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the God-head, who revealed himself on the day of Pentecost. We believe in the gifts of the Spirit and their continuous operation in the body of Christ. And we believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic church. Amen.
We conduct spiritual warfare. It begins with us as we speak God’s word and speak to our bodies, minds, and emotions. Therefore we make a faith confession which says: “Satan, in the Name of Jesus, I declare this body a sickness-disease-free zone. Every germ, virus, bacterium, etc., that touches this body dies instantly in the name of Jesus, who bore my sicknesses, carried my diseases, and by whose stripes I have been healed. Therefore I command life into every cell in this body, I receive healing for my emotions from every past embedded hurtful, fearful memory. I speak active deliverance from the law of sin and death, according to the finished works of Jesus the Christ, the anointed and His anointing.”
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