Psalms 100:2 (KJV) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Clement was a committed worker in his local church assembly, but he was so sickly that it now bothered his pastor. One of those days when his pastor visited him in the hospital, he cried out: “…but Lord, Clement serves you Faithfully. I can attest to that. Why is he always afflicted?” He thus went on to confess Exodus 23:25 over Clement and prayed for him.

Clement’s pastor made that plea before the Lord because he also knew that there was no presumptuous sin in Clement’s life, but Clement seemed to be one of the most faithful but most afflicted workers in the church.

As if in response to his pastor’s prayer, the Lord caused Clement to read Psalm 100, and from the first verses, he immediately realized where the problem was. Whereas he was serving the Lord, he never served with the right attitude of mind. He was committed to service because he wanted to pay his kingdom due and was not serving with gladness but as a chore.

Sadly, many disciples like Clement have missed out on the fulness of the blessing accrued to faithful kingdom service because of the wrong attitude towards service to the Lord. We are to serve the Lord with gladness, not with sadness. Even fasting, according to the new testament order, must be approached with a spirit of gladness, and not sadness(as was the old Testament norm). Read Matthew 6:16-18.

As you face life victoriously, remember that the way you live your life as a witness unto the Lord is service unto God. Let the joy of the Lord fill your heart(Philippians 4:4). Be deliberate and intentional about filling your heart and mind with whatever produces joy and thanksgiving – don’t let unhappy thoughts, news, and imaginations dwell in your heart. Diffuse the negative force of sad news with perpetual Thanksgiving. (Philippians 4:8-9).

The devil understands the trick of keeping you heavy so that it can drain your spiritual strength (for the joy of the Lord is your strength). Overcome his whiles. Don’t forget that the way to serve God acceptably is with gladness in your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the garment of praise(Isaiah 61:3).

Prayer Confession: I serve the Lord with gladness. My heart is full of joy, and my mouth with laughter. My life is flooded with blessings. In Jesus’ Name.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in 1 Year: Numbers 33-36 (In Today’s Audio)

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