By Nina Roach
Grab a warm cup of tea or coffee and let's engage as we celebrate the joy of the Lord. King Solomon, the son of King David and author of the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs, was one of the wisest men that ever existed.
All of his unusual poetic collections of fables and gaining wisdom about life and relationships with God and others have led many over the years to contemplate and self-reflect about today's passage above.
What stood out most for me today was "... a joyful mind causes healing."
Many times I wasn't experiencing the joy that I could have been because of my thoughts. What you may not know about me even though I post these daily Devos and you may have attended my ministry gatherings, is that I used to be extremely moody. I was so sensory and fleshly driven and responded to others by the mood of the day.
Oh, my! I must take a praise moment right now. Why the praise moment?
I used to have so much hurt and pain in my soul and just reflecting on how much the Holy Spirit has healed my mind and emotions in my soul has oozed out more joy within me. I have really been set free! Woohoot! But I also realized there was a part that I had to be responsible for as well.
I had to decide to shift and renew my mind and allow the Word of God to be the good medicine to all my flesh and let the Holy Spirit have full access to my soul. I believe if I would have stayed in that mindset my broken spirit would have dried up my bones and sucked the very life out of me prematurely.
Only the Holy Spirit can give you a happy heart that is good like a medicine. He can give you a joyful mind and heart that brings healing and strength. Do you want healing today? Then set your mind on things above and not on all the things and people that try to unsettle your mind.
Here's another intentional strategy to think about and act upon... Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
And these things will bring healing and joy to an unsettled mind.
Welcome the Holy Spirit at this moment as it is He who manifests the fruit of joy within you. You have to choose to will that joy to arise within yourself. Jesus came to bring you joy, and when He returns again, He expects you to be still maintaining His joy. Mary, the mother of Jesus, didn't realize all that her baby boy would one day become for each of us, but imagine all the joy that she must have had.
Decree It: I thank you Holy Spirit! You have turned my mourning into joy and dancing again. I have a happy heart that is full of good medicine from Your Word and a joyful mind that has caused me to experience healing and maintain my health.