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One Voice Makes A Difference with Janet Swanson

Oct 16, 2023

Janet talks about the difference between the Joy of the Lord and Foreboding Joy.


Hey you guys!  This week I am being super transparent with you! You are going to hear some very personal things of my journey with God and how I dealt with the “valleys” and the “mountains”! 

Have you ever heard of the phrase FOREBODING JOY?  I wanted to know the exact meaning of “forebode” so that I could better understand this phrase of foreboding joy. Here is what good old Merriam-Webster says forebode means: “to have an inward prediction of, foretell or predict.”

Interesting right?

Foreboding joy is is a feeling, a prediction, an assumption that while you are happy, full of joy, rejoicing, “on the mountain top” that something bad is about to happen!  Have you ever had that feeling?

If you have experienced abuse, betrayal, or trauma, I am sure you have had to deal with foreboding JOY!

Let me know your thoughts! Because, friends…..I get super REAL with you!!

Here’s the truth……foreboding joy will mess with your discernment! If you give in to the temptation of foreboding joy, (the feeling that something bad is going to happen) then it will be difficult to know when the Holy Spirit is warning you about something, or if HE simply wants to BLESS YOU!

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1. Philippians 1:9-11 – A Prayer To Be Able To Discern What Is Best

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

2. Romans 12:9 – Hate What Is Evil & Hold Fast To What Is Good

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

3. 1 Kings 3:9 – Ask God For An Understanding & Discerning Heart

“So give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?”

4. Hebrews 4:12 – God’s Word Discerning Our Thoughts & Intentions of Our Hearts

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

5. Proverbs 119:66 Teach Me Discernment & Knowledge

 “Teach me good discernment and knowledge for I believe in your commandments.”

6. Proverbs 14:8 Seek God’s Will For Your Way

“The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, but the foolishness of fools is deceit.”

7. Romans 12:2 – By Testing We Can Discern What Is The Will of God

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

8. James 1:5 – Ask God For Wisdom, He Gives Freely To Those Who Ask Him

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

9. Proverbs 3:21-24  –  Preserve Sound Judgement & Discretion

“My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament  to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.  When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

10. Hebrews 5:14 Through God’s Word We Can Grow In Discernment

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.