Daily Devotionals
Shout for Joy! Gloria Copeland 17 August Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12 is the secret to overcoming persecution. At the very moment when persecution comes, you are not to be depressed. You’re not to be angry or discouraged. You are to rejoice and be glad! Not just glad, but exceedingly glad! Luke 6:23 takes that command even further. It says, “Rejoice ye in that day [of persecution], and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven.” A few days after I first noticed that instruction in the Scripture, someone came into my office and told me of something critical that had been written about us. So I just took that verse literally. I got up and began to leap for joy. “Glory to God! Joy, joy, joy!” I shouted. I’m sure the person sitting on the other side of my desk was surprised, but I didn’t care because the Word worked. I found out you can’t jump for joy and shout praises to God and be depressed at the same time. Remember that the next time persecution comes your way. It will ruin the devil’s whole scheme. He thinks he has figured out what that persecution will do to you. He thinks it will discourage you and stop your ministry. But if you’ll immediately begin to leap and jump for joy…if you’ll believe what Jesus said, and shout, “Praise God, I’m blessed!” the tables will be turned. The devil will end up being the one who’s discouraged. He sent that persecution to stop you, not to bless you. Just think how frustrated he’ll be! Proverbs 4-5; Psalm 1 I rejoice and am exceedingly glad when I am persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for the kingdom of heaven is mine. Matthew 5:10-12

Scripture Reading: John 15:16-27