When they are diminished and brought low Through oppression, affliction, and sorrow, He pours contempt on princes, And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way; Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, And makes their families like a flock. The righteous see it and rejoice, And all iniquity stops its mouth. (Psalms 107:39-42 NKJV)

A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. (Proverbs 15:13, 15 NKJV)

Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them. (Lamentations 3:65 KJV)

Kiss the Son quickly, make peace with Him because if the Father gets angry at you, He will allow things that will generate sorrow in your heart to come your way and you will be blinded from seeing hope in the word of God, then you will do things that will bring you face to face with “death” in your relationships, finances, and life in general. Take God at His word now so that you can see the salvation of The Lord from afar and rejoice in it, then the mouth of “death” will be closed in your life.

Do you know anyone who is always sad and unhappy? How often does good things happen in that persons life? What about a cheerful person? Do you know any cheerful person? Someone might argue and say, well, the reason why the unhappy man is unhappy is because good things don’t happen in his life, he’s just having a hard time. Well, if you look at the second scripture up there you will see that the wisest man that ever walked the earth disagrees.

Understand this, the universe, the created reality can hear the voice of its creator. So, when one of His representatives “speak” His word the universe will hear and respond accordingly. Let me ask you two questions. One, what state of the heart accompanies the birth of a child? Two, what state of heart accompanies a death? Let me repeat this; sorrow is the foretaste of death, and joy is the foretaste of life. The manifestation of the word of God, which is Christ, is announced and heralded by joy.

The only time Jesus was sorrowful was when He was nearing His death, and He knew exactly what He was doing because He said He was laying down His life willingly. Joy and sorrow are like magnets, they attract either life or death, more joy or more sorrow. Sorrow is a covering that blinds people from life, it is a curse, that’s what the scripture from Lamentations is saying. Jesus willingly took our curse upon Himself, of which sorrow is part of.

When Paul and Silas were thrown into prison they sang themselves out with the joy of The Lord. When Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fire they danced themselves out of it in the presence of The Lord. The reason I am talking much about this is because the other two, righteousness and peace has been preached about so much, but not joy. But this kind of joy is the kind of joy that comes from being righteous in your heart and at peace with God in your heart, not the kind of happiness that comes from carnal merriment.

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