HE MAKES ME GLAD-Dr. Ananda Stira
Greetings in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus!
The Bible says in Psalm 92:4 “For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands”. This verse tells us, that the Lord will make us glad by doing great things for us. He will perform wonders in your life. Hence you will rejoice and be happy.
THE JOY OF SALVATION
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people”. Luke 2: 10
Yes the birth of Jesus brought joy to all mankind. The Lord desires that all His children must rejoice and be glad. No more sorrows, no more tears. Instead he wants you to be happy and glad.
“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10
When does man become so happy? When does a man get happiness? When he is redeemed from a life of sin. When all the old habits, sins and thoughts vanish and a new man is born, certainly a man becomes glad. He is filled with joy. This is the joy of salvation. Our Lord Jesus wants to give you this joy.
In acts chapter 16, a jailer asked paul, “What must I do to be saved”. Paul replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved, and thy house”. The jailer obeyed accepted Christ and he and all his family were baptized. The Bible says in Acts 16: 34,“he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household”.
Yes, when we repent and accept the Lord Jesus, a great joy fills us and our family.
“Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places”. Deuteronomy 33:29
No one can be compared to the child of God who has repented, whose sins have been washed away by His blood, who obeys His word and is filled with the Holy Spirit. They are way beyond, above everybody else. Divine peace and happiness engulf not only their own hearts but also encompasses their families and homes. The Lord Himself delights in them.
Several years ago, I was preaching in the Good News Crusades held at the Railway Grounds, Trichy. A lady hailing from a very orthodox family attended the meetings with tears and great agony. Her husband was a high-ranking official in the Southern Railways. There was no peace and joy in their family. She heard about the love and redeeming grace of Jesus in the meetings for the first time in her life. She accepted Jesus as her own Savior. A divine peace encompassed her. All the despair and sorrow in her heart vanished. After some months, she met me and told thus; ‘Brother, I come from a very prestigious family which does not know about Christ. My husband used to doubt me always. I could not talk or be friendly with anybody. He will fight with me and lock me up inside the house. Even my teenage sons never talked to me. It was then that I came to the meetings and understood the love of Jesus. From then on, whatever happened to me, I laid it all at His feet. His peace came into me. I used to cry and pray in my shower. Slowly the peace and joy that I had in me passed on to my family also. Now my husband and sons have experienced this joy of salvation. My family is now a little heaven on earth”. What an amazing experience. Yes, my beloved, may the Lord fill you and your family also with this joy of salvation.
JOY IN DOUBLE MEASURE
Secondary, according to Psalms 90:15 “Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil” the Lord says, that you will experience joy and happiness for as many years as you have experienced trials and tribulations.
I underwent a lot of tribulations in my young age. Since I lost my parents at a very early age I grew up in an orphanage. Some Godless wardens who were incharge there beat me up for no reason at all. At one such instance, a warden asked me to do a shameless and sinful act. I refused and so when I was sleeping he hit me hard on the stomach with a bamboo cane. For two months after that my stomach was swollen and my urine passed as blood. I endured so much in my adolescence. But whenever I faced such sufferings I would read Psalm 90 and cry out to him, “Lord make me happy in proportion to the years I have experienced trouble.” The Lord heard my prayers and made me exceedingly glad. He satisfied me with His grace, manifested His mighty deeds for my sake and endowed our children with His glory. He has made me glad in double proportion to the years that I was afflicted. He will do the same in your life also.
How does He do this? Read Psalm 14: 7. “When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.” Though I was a very good student I was denied higher education. But the Lord gave me wisdom and helped me to perform several researches and finish doctorate education. When I worked in various hospitals the doctors there used to despise me at first. But then when I taught them certain nuances in medical science that were previously unknown to them, they would be amazed.
The Lord has exalted me in His ministry also. I came to the city of Trichy at the age of 16. I did not know anybody then. There was no one to support me. But He who called me established this Ministry of Jesus and has led us so marvelously for the past 28 years. He has made me a blessing to millions of people all around the world. Hallelujah! Yes , He restored me from my captivity and made me see gladness. The same God will restore you from all your bondages and captivities be it sickness, debt, satanic bondage or financial insufficiencies. He will saturate you with joy and bliss.
JOY DUE TO THE GREAT THINGS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT PERFORMS
The Eternal and Omnipotent God has called us to do great things.In Exodus 3:10, He called Moses “Come Now” to do great things. “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.” Exodus 34:10. He who called Moses is calling you today to perform great things by His power.
The Lord is going to do amazing wonders through you. All those who are with you will see the great things that the Lord does. He will perform awesome and magnificent things through you. In what way will He fulfill this? In Acts 1:8, the Bible says, “you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” He fills us with His Holy Spirit, and He performs great things through us. We are not ordinary humans , we are extra-ordinary children of God. You might not be rich , highly educated or talented. But when the Holy Spirit is in you, He will do mighty things. His power is revealed in new and unseen ways. His name is glorified through you.
When this happens, our familes, friends and even our cities are filled with joy. Look at Mordecai who was despised by the evil Haman. Haman wanted to destroy Mordecai and all Jews with him. God thwarted his plans and all the enemies of the Jews were vanquished. Haman was hanged in the gallows. Esther 8:7-12. “So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor.” Esther 8:15,16; 9:4; 10:3.
Even I always prayed, “Lord do something through me and gladden your people.” I still pray likewise. I ask the Lord not only for prophetic utterances but also that limbs be formed for those who have none, that the blind may receive sight , that dry and barren areas be made fertile and that wars will cease.
In 2010,we were conducting Good News meetings in Gujarat. A man called Sushil Bai aged about 40 years had come there for prayer. One of his legs was just 9 inches long. I told him about Jesus and His power. Soon after that , within 3 hours his other leg had grown fully to 3.5 feet in length.
At another time, a lady called Bavana Samuel told her testimony in the Nagercoil family blessing meeting. Her only daughter was about to be married within few days. This sister Bavana had no sons. So her brother and another brother’s son had come to help her with the wedding arrangements. When they were going by a motorcycle they had an accident and were thrown into a nearby gutter. Somebody called Sis.Bavana and told her, “Your relatives are dead in an accident. Their skulls are opened and they are in the hospital mortuary.” When she reached the hospital, this sister cried out loudly, ‘O, somebody help me. Is there no man of God nearby who can pray?’ A sister near her gave her my number. She called at 1:30 am in the night from a public telephone. I attended her call and I prayed thus, “My dear daughter, do not worry. Your relatives who were presumed to be dead will be resurrected by Jesus. Your daughter’s wedding will be held as planned.” At that same time Jesus appeared in the hospital where Rajan and Ajith were kept shook their bodies. Their life returned and they started breathing normally. When sister Bhavana returned to the hospital the doctor told her your relatives are alive now , we just need to perform a small operation in their head. Both Rajan and Ajith regained their health quickly and went home in just six days. Sis. Bhavana’s daughter’s wedding was wonderfully held as planned. Glory be to God.
In the same a young sixteen year old girl came to me for prayer in Bellary. She had no eyes at all from her birth. The eye socket was just an empty hole. I was shocked when I saw this. Due to my shock and perplexity I couldn’t anything for her. I just pronounced the name of Jesus three times. Instantaneously new eyes were created and she was able to see perfectly. Hallelujah!
Yes these are the great things that the Lord is going to perform in your life.
“For the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song or instrument of praise”. Isaiah 51:3
Yes my dearly beloved, you might have been teased, ridicule and humiliated in the past. From today the Lord is going to do great things to you, amen!
THE JOY THAT THE WORD OF GOD GIVES
Psalm 119:77 says “Let your tender mercy and loving-kindness come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight”. Yes, the Lord God makes us happy through this Eternal word. This joy increases in us as much as we read the Bible all our mental distress, sorrows and tears disappear due drops in the sun. That is why the psalmist declares in Psalmist declares in psalm 119: 92 “Unless your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction”.
I always delighted in the Bible from my birth. Reading and meditating the word of God is an integral part of my life. In my childhood, someone stole my Bible one ay. I was so upset. I was not able to eat or sleep for three days. I cried and cried. Then my caretakers consoled me and bought me a new Bible. Only then I was consoled. Even now, I cannot remain even one day without reading the word of God. Hence the Lord is empowering me and using me as a blessing to thousands.
My dear friends, do not read the Bible just for the sake of compulsion or duty. Read the word of God with a great desire and love. Your hearts will be filled with great joy.
JOY BY DOING HIS MINISTRY
Lastly, the Lord rejoices in you when you satisfy His longing for souls.
“He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord]”. Isaiah 53:11
The Lord our Creator desires that the entire world will be filled with the knowledge about Him. He desires that all people must inherit Heaven. He yearns that all the evil in this world will be overcome by His righteousness. We must not fear the evil kingdoms but establish God’s kingdom on this earth. We must eradicate hate, bitterness and show love. When we make those who are around us as partakers in His kingdom, a great joy spreads amidst us.
Jesus, the Lord of Lords came into this world as a man, shed His blood on the cross,rose again on the third day, still lives amidst us and does great things by His power. We must talk about this Jesus to all people. When we do that, people who do not know about His love are rescued from the dominion of Satan. They become children of God, inheritors of His glory and heirs in His kingdom. They are filled with joy and gladness, All of heaven rejoices.
So remember, when you are winning souls, you are serving a great cause and your lives are filled with joy. Great changes will happen in your workplaces. Your authorities and colleagues will turn to Jesus through you. Your friends will accept Jesus wherever you are, in a school, college, office or at home you can lead many to Christ. Your family and society will be transformed. You will be filled with happiness and the Lord will be filled with happiness and the Lord will delight in you.
May the Lord enrich you with His immeasurable joy.