This is a message from a Pastor on Long Island, N.Y. An audio version of it may be found here: http://lovesongchristianchurch.com/Multimedia_Teachings/Pastor%20Gaspar%20Anastasi%20-%20A%20Force%20Called%20Joy%20-%20Part%203.mp3
Now you might not be suffering, you know, total financial devastation. You might be just under the attack where he’s stealing and trying to kill you… he hasn’t destroyed you yet. And what he’s doing, throwing all of these financial troubles… all of these financial circumstances in the spiritual realm in the way that God sees life. And I think it’s important to see it the way He Sees it, since He Has the bigger picture: since He Has the higher View of everything.
The devil is come to steal your Joy. If he steals your Joy then he can steal your Faith in God as your Provider. You know? Do you hear what I’m saying? If all of these backdrops of your life, or , you know, the stock market went down… and the bank account’s interest is no longer… CD’s only 2%, whatever it is, and, this is not doing well, and that… there… he’s stealing… in essence… he’s coming to steal your Joy! Because once he takes away this (3x) wall around your Faith, this protection around your Faith… then you lose confidence in God supplying all of your needs! And then when you start losing Faith in God, then the first thing you do is you stop tithing… which is the very avenue for God to open up the windows of heaven: and then you stop moving in giving offerings… you see? But it didn’t start with that… it started with your Joy being depleted. Amen? How many of you understand that ? You can see that, at least from the spiritual standpoint?
Now, you gotta clip your mind over here. You see in the physical/natural realm we see it a little different. But we’re talking about God. Did you ever go up in an airplane and look down just before you’re landing? You see everything. You see Kennedy Airport, you see the cars, you see the highway, you see, you know, the Throgs Neck Bridge, The Whitestone Bridge… You see it all! You have a different vantage point. God Has a different Vantage Point in Life! He Sees things different! The devil, in making you think it’s just the physical things he’s after, but in essence, he’s after the Spiritual forces that make you a success in Life: or could make you a success! And when these, financial problems come… is in essence, originally to steal your Joy… your outlook in Life… the brightness of your future… so that your Faith will then dissipate in your God supplying all of your needs according to His Riches in Glory.
So we see that financial pressure can, if we allow it, can be a Joy stealer. Unforgiveness, anger, broken relationships, and finances. These are major things that the devil will use to steal your Joy. So when these things are happening to you, instead of just getting into the physical realm, you want to be alerted in your Spirit. The trumpet sounds… it blows in your heart… and The Lord Says “Don’t just stay in one plane… get into the Spirit realm… the devil’s after your Joy! So you got to get into more Joy!” Now, how do I get myself filled with Joy? I know that you’ve been wanting to know that, right? That’s the question you’ve been having in your heart. Let’s take a look, first of all, at Psalm 16. We’re going to talk about how to get filled with Joy, and how to have Joy protectors. Psalm 16. Psalm 16. See, we can’t take the subject of Joy lightly. “It’s just well, The Joy Of The Lord: ha ha ha, laugh laugh laugh. Big smile. Yeah, that’s cool.” No, we’re talking about a powerful Force that Gives you a Supernatural Ability to have resilience in Life! When the wind blows, you don’t snap and break. When the trials come, you stand! And you’re able to see beyond the trials and see that God Is still Sitting on The Throne, and He Wants to Bless you, and will. It’s a powerful Force that will keep your body in health… because It will actually nourish your bones: your, the marrow of your bones are being prosperous, and therefore… The Life Is In The Blood, and your whole body begins to prosper.
To be continued… revrob 🙂