A Voice of Gladness

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The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah wrote, “There shall be heard again, the voice of joy and the voice of gladness…the voices of those who sing as they bring sacrifices of thanksgiving into the house of the Lord…God will cause the captivity of the land to be reversed and return to be as it was at first” (Jeremiah 33:11).
I particularly love two words in this scripture: reversed and return. I believe God is saying when you stay full of joy and learn to offer up the sacrifice of praise, He will have mercy on you. He will reverse negative situations. He will return, or restore, what’s been stolen or broken.
But notice that restoration doesn’t come from complaining, being negative, or being bitter. Restoration takes place when you have the voice of gladness, the voice of joy. That means you wake up in the morning with song in your heart. You go out each day with a sincere smile on your face. Things may not always go your way, but you don’t become discouraged. You shake it off and count it all joy. Restoration will occur because you have the voice of joy, the voice of gladness, and you keep offering up that sacrifice of praise.
Learn to count it all joy. Don’t be determined to never have problems or get discouraged when times get tough. Be determined to stay full of joy in the midst of your sweet struggles. Choose to adapt an attitude of gratitude.
And no matter what comes your way, don’t lose your joy. Learn to offer up that sacrifice of praise. If you keep the voice of gladness, the voice of joy, you cannot stay down and defeated. God has promised He will reverse and restore. Not only that, but because you have joy, you will find the strength to outlast every attack, to overcome every obstacle, to defeat every enemy. You will become everything God created you to be, and live a life filled with passion.

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