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The devil has cheap substitutes for many things, but one thing he cannot substitute is joy.
On the Day of Pentecost, God filled 120 people with the Holy Spirit; they were wall-to-wall Holy Spirit. But did you notice, it didn't just benefit them? They were so full of the joy of the Holy Spirit, it drove them into the harvest fields.

The Holy Spirit fell in the morning, and by 9 o'clock they were on the streets reaching the lost.

There is something about getting full of God that will drive you to the masses.

Why is God restoring joy to the Church? Because there is a world to harvest and joy is part of our supernatural equipment to do the work.

The only Bible most of the world is ever going to read is us.

Second Corinthians 3:2 says, "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men...." The only Church the world is going to come in contact with is what we take to them, so we must have something they don't already have.

The devil has cheap substitutes for many things, but one thing he cannot substitute is joy.

When the world sees joy in the Church, it will get their attention!

Source: Blood, Fire, and Vapor of Smoke by Mark Brazee
Excerpt permission granted by MBM Publications

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Mark Brazee
Web site: Mark Brazee Ministries - DOMATA School of Missions
For more than 30 years, Pastors Mark and Janet Brazee have traveled throughout the world sharing the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Together they've shared the powerful truths of faith and healing in more than 50 nations.

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