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Happiness is an emotion that is short-lived and can be reversed by the first signs of trouble. Joy is not an emotion, it is a spiritual force that you live with, day in and day out. Your ministry of cheerfulness doesn't shut down just because tribulation comes. God-given joy stands throughout every attack of the enemy.

Cheerfulnesss is fixed and permanent. While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, "Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: neverthelesss not what I will, but what thou wilt" (Mark 14:36).

Problems and difficulty did not change Jesus, because He knew that He came into the world to defeat death for all mankind on the cross.

Cheerfulness comes from knowing the Good News. When the devil throws his fiery darts of gloom, you have a shield of faith against depression. Get your shield up! Happiness also can be produced by helping others.

Considering your neighbor over yourself is the ladder out of misery and unhappiness. By helping others, you have the opportunity to see yourself in a different perspective. Meeting someone else's need requires you to break from self-consumption.

A few years ago, I was scheduled to minister in a rather large church. It was my first time there, and I was waiting with the pastor in his office before the evening service began.

He kept huffing and puffing, sneaking out to see how the church was filling up, getting more and more irritated as the service time drew closer.

I finally asked him what the problem was, and after telling me that the church was only half full, he exclaimed, "I just couldn't preach to this crowd! It's too small!"

I was shocked by his attitude, and I wondered how he ever managed to make the church grow to this size. I said, "You know what your problem is?

You came to have the people meet your need, but you should have come to help meet their need. If you'll do that, it won't matter if two people show up or two million."

You see, that pastor's priorities had gotten out of line. His cheerfulness had been robbed because he'd become totally consumed with himself. His main focus was not on the people or their needs, but on himself.

Just as Jesus does with us, He expects us to prefer others over ourselves. As you spend time developing an intimate relationship with Him, preferring others will become your heartbeat. Love for others will overtake you and a powerful ministry of cheerfulness will begin to grow within you!

As you daily run the race set before you, Jesus will ignite a holy fire in you that will fill you with joy overflowing! There's nothing like living for Him!

Source: The Ministry of Cheerfulness by Jesse Duplantis.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Jesse Duplantis
Web site: Jesse Duplantis Ministries
Jesse Duplantis is a dynamic evangelist who has traveled throughout the world since 1978 preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), which has its International Headquarters in America and additional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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