Why is it important to maintain our joy? The Bible tells us:
The enemy wants to keep you trapped in a place of frustration, unhappiness, sorrow, heartbreak or one of many other devices. The Word of God tells us that it’s God who gives us life and life more abundantly:
We live in tough times with tough circumstances. The key to maintaining our joy is recognizing God is bigger than any problem that we have.
I don’t think we understand the power of joy and/or have the right tools to make sure joy is part of our lives. There is a place that God has that is far better for us. I’m not talking about just happiness either. Happiness is only an emotion and is temporary. What God offers is more powerful than that – true joy!
This means you are given strength to overcome when you have true joy!
When you have joy it’s like you have taken a dose of medicine to help your body feel better!
Joy is a condition of your heart.
The condition of your heart is significant because it is from where everything flows. When your heart is right then your life becomes full and fruitful. So when you place joy inside the depths of your heart, you become strong enough to fight. You become unworried, untroubled, at ease, peaceful, fulfilled, content especially during the worst of circumstances.
How do you maintain your joy?
- Meditate on the scriptures, particularly about joy, peace and contentment.
Some of you might be like me, not a morning person... It takes several cups of coffee for me to even wake up! However, on my way to work I begin to pray and rejoice and meditate on scripture and keep this up througout the day. When you do these on a consistent basis, during those times of attacks you are surely more apt to overcome and maintain your joy.
Rejoicing when things are going well is easy! It’s in the midst of a trial when it becomes challenging. It might not be easy the first time but God wants you to rejoice and keep rejoicing. Regardless of our circumstances, however dark they might be, we’re not abandoned, and we’re not destroyed. There’s an incomparable power within each one of us that can’t be shaken when we’re grounded in Christ. Certainly we’ll have days that bring us down to our knees in tears, but the same power that raised Christ from the dead gives us the strength and the hope to get back on our feet.
BRING YOUR PROBLEMS TO GOD.
God wants you to bring your troubles to him through prayer He wants you to praise him through the storms. He does not want you to walk around sorrowful, downhearted, gloomy, unhappy or heartbroken. God wants you to be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy!
Your inner joy is such a powerful tool. God wants you to have an abundant life full of inexpressible and glorious joy!
Don’t let the devil steal your joy!
Kathy Davis serves as our Administrative Coordinator. When she's not keeping the staff in line and the church running, she enjoys camping and spending time with her grandchildren. Read more about Kathy here.