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How to live in joy and peace

I find myself in a season where mindset is everything. I think that with any season of transition, we can all relate to that in between space of trying to hold onto to the vision of the season to come while it’s in process. Let’s talk about how to live in joy and peace. 

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There is power in living in joy and peace. There is power in declaring that I will live in joy and peace. This is why this affirmation is so important for me to breakdown, specifically for those that are in transition. For those that are in process, where you’re not where you want to be yet but you can see it and the difference sometimes is our mindset in getting us to that next season.

Affirmation: I will live in joy and peace

Today’s affirmation was inspired by a verse in Isaiah. I’ve been in Isaiah a lot lately and I’m finding it’s a soothing book of the Bible to read when you’re in transition and need to get your mindset right.

Before we can really dig into the power of this verse and what you are affirming over yourself when you say, “I will live in joy and peace”, we first have to understand what joy and peace truly means. Because the joy and peace the Lord is talking about in this verse is not the same joy and peace the world often refers to.

Defining joy:

In Nehemiah 8 it says, “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”

Did you know that joy is not necessarily a feeling? One can feel joy but it isn’t required to have joy.

This is such an important mental shift. The Bible says the joy of the Lord is our strength. Meaning that when we feel weak and like joy is nowhere to be found, we can still find the strength to carry on through the joy of the Lord.

Joy is a supernatural sustenance from the Lord, and is an actual weapon of warfare.

Sometimes our emotions can be a battle. When it’s hard to feel joy because of what’s happening you still have the joy of the Lord. Actively choosing to use the joy of the Lord to strengthen you is a way you fight back. But how do you practically do that? Through praise. There is power in speaking things out loud and there is power in worship.

Praise and worship is a weapon of warfare, meant to strengthen us.

The Bible says the power of life and death is in the tongue, not our minds. So when our mind says, “be depressed.” Our mouths can say, “I will live in joy and peace. I will praise the name of the Lord who is my refuge in times of trouble. The joy of the Lord is my strength, He is my rock and my fortress. I am not alone because God is with me.”

The joy of the Lord is our strength. Now let’s talk about the other half, peace.

Defining peace:

Let’s define the peace that God gives us. The peace God gives is not the same kind of peace the world gives. Here’s proof, in John 14:27 it says,

““I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!”

God’s peace is consistent.  

It’s not based on your situations, or on however you’re feeling each day, it’s as solid as God is no matter what.

When you say I will live with joy and peace you are not ignoring the realities of what may be happening in your world. You are declaring that even in the midst of those realities, I choose to remind myself of who strengthens me and who goes before me.

Joy and peace, these are two anchors that God is telling us to root our lives in. 

Now let’s go back to our foundational verse in Isaiah 55 because I want you to catch something here. In order to get the context of Isaiah 12 you would want to read the whole chapter, but we’ll just go back to verse 11. Let’s read it in the AMP translation this time,

“So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“For you will go out [from exile] with joy And be led forth [by the Lord Himself] with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The order of the verses is key. Starting with God’s word always producing fruit, followed by God declaring that we will live in joy and peace, means it’s a promise. This isn’t a suggestion, this is God declaring his joy and peace over our lives.

So what does all this have to do with seasons of transition and waiting?

Again, it’s a reminder that the power to life and death is in the tongue, not the mind. Sometimes we get caught up in the fact that because our mind may be struggling with some things, we can’t live in joy and peace. But in fact, the opposite is true.

You can be depressed and still have joy while working towards healing.

You can be stressed by all the uncertainty and still know peace.

Because that is the essence and power of God’s grace.

Joy isn’t just a smile in the face of adversity, joy is strength. To be able to wake up another day and thank the Lord for his mercy even though you’re experiencing the worst season yet, is joy. To be able to move forward without knowing how things are going to work out but trusting that God will always be there for you, is peace.

Joy and peace are practical, they’re not the fairytale that happiness and positivity tries to sell us at times.

When you affirm, I will live in joy and peace, you are declaring something powerful over your life. When say this affirmation, I need you to say it with your chest. I need you say this affirmation like you know exactly what it is that you are saying.

You are saying, “I will live with the joy of the Lord, which is my strength. I will live with the peace of the Lord which is consistent and can’t be shaken by the woes of the world.” 

As you go throughout your week, no matter what it may bring I hope you remember that joy and struggle can coexist. I’m not talking about happiness but a joy that’s meant to strengthen you and empower you to go another day. The joy that reminds you, that even in this place there’s someone who’s got your back. And as you remind yourself of that, I hope you declare in that moment that you will live in joy and peace.

This current battle is not your home, you’re just passing through this in between place, struggle is not the end game. Wherever you find yourself at today, I hope you remember that even in that place joy can still find you ❤️

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