Why is it important to maintain our joy? The Bible tells us:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10a (NIV).
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:
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest. John 10:10b (NIV)
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. There is a place that God has for us 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!
The joy of the LORD is your strength! Nehemiah 8:10b (NIV)
This means you are given strength to overcome when you have true joy!
A cheerful heart is good medicine! Proverbs 17:22a (NIV)
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.
It 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 and even during the worst of circumstances.
How do you maintain your joy?
- Meditate on the scriptures, especially about joy, peace and contentment.
When you do these on a consistent basis, during those times of attacks you are surely more apt to overcome and maintain your joy.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
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 give us the strength and the hope to get back on our feet.
For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
Bring your problems to God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things -Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)
God wants you to bring your troubles through prayer - you to praise God through the storms. God wants you to be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy! Your inner joy is such a powerful tool.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls - I Peter 1: 8-9 (NIV)
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.