Esther 8:17 – And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them. 

Our Lord, the God if Israel, is full of joy and gladness. And His people, our Jewish brothers and sisters, know how to have a good time. God  loves seeing the His kids celebrating His goodness and faithfulness. When people see your smiling face and your joyful attitude even in hard places, they are drawn to the Father’s heart. You are His sunshine in this dark day.

Declaration: I’m joyful and full of gladness. I proclaim the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.


It’s amazing to me that some of the smartest people on planet Earth aren’t very wise. Take this quote from the talented artist and songwriter Terry Riley for example:

“The incredible thing about the human mind is that it didn’t come with an instruction book.”

We’ve all heard the tired young couple with a newborn say, “Wish they came with an instruction manual!” Well, they do. The oldest, most distributed book in the world, the Bible, is a God-given book of instruction on how we are to live, think and what we are to think about. How do I know this?

The word “mind” appears 187 times in the Bible. The word “soul,” which is your thinking, will and emotions, appears 536 times, while “think” appears in 82 scriptures and “imagine” is written 46 times. “Consider” and “suppose” appear another 76 times. The grand total? 816 instruction to shape our thought lives. Why?

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: – Proverbs 23:7

It’s true! We become what we think about! That’s why God is greatly concerned with our thought life. In specific, He instructs us with this truth:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned for received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:8-9

Do you want the God of peace to be with you? Of course, you do. Then think about good, pure and excellent things because He is good, pure and excellent! Now there is some great instruction from the Word of God.

From my book: Soul Invasion