This totally is not my normal thing to post, but I just saw the above video on Facebook and had to share it with all of you. After all, God’s Word does have some good things to say about laughter and being joyful:

“A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (Ecclesiastes 3:2-4)

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

“Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. (Psalm 126:2,3)

“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (Proverbs 15:13)

“A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Keep in mind, though, that those of us who are born-again Christians should be holy as He is Holy, and therefore our speech and the things we watch and laugh at should be things that are pure and innocent. Here is a little of what God has to say in His Word concerning this:

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” (Ephesians 5:1-14)

 

I need to share a warning with you about laughter though, which will then keep this post in line with the many forms of spiritual deception and mysticism that I constantly warn you about:

As many of you know, with some genuine gifts from God, there are also counterfeits from Satan. His counterfeit for true joyous laughter that you need to be aware of has been entering many churches in the past and is continuing to do so! The following video by Andrew Strom will give you a frightening look at what is happening in the name of Christianity today. In his Documentary he seeks to answer the question, ‘Why are these manifestations so similar to eastern religions and Hinduism and the Kundalini cults, which are not found in Scripture and are not found in classical Christianity at all…” “…exactly the same as what we have been seeing…” (Not his complete quote from the 4:45 -5:58 minute mark).

In this Documentary Andrew Strom goes back to the recent past and analyzes many of the so-called ‘revivals’ such as the Toronto Blessing, the Pensacola Outpouring, and the Lakeland revival, and shows how the same spiritual activities that can be found in the world of the occult and in Buddhism and Hinduism also took place at these revivals, and how these same manifestations can be found in many churches and movements today!

 

 

For those of us who are truly born-again Christians by the Spirit of God, we know that in spite of how difficult out lives may be at times, our joy comes from the Lord; no matter how difficult the circumstances in life may be, the joy that comes from being in Jesus Christ is a joy that can never be taken away! It is not a fleeting moment or two of laughter and happiness that comes from what  happens in life, but a true joy that sustains us in the midst of our trials and carries us through to the end in spite of the sadness we may feel at times because we have been forgiven and cleansed from sin, guilt, and shame because we have chosen to place our trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and we rest in the fact that He is in control and will always work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)

Now I need to start cleaning and get back to listening to Roger Oakland who is now giving his presentation at Pastor Chris Quintana’s Calvary Chapel Cypress for the Defending The Faith Conference! Please pray, though, because they have been running into many technical difficulties! You can also listen live by clicking HERE

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your relaxing weekend (at least I hope you are taking some time out to relax) to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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