A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it – Proverbs 15:23.
An anxious heart weighs a man down, when the weight of anxiety shackles our minds our hearts cannot overflow with the joy of the Lord. God wants us to have joy, but Satan wants us to be filled with fear, anxiety, and worry; everything that is the opposite of what God desires for us.
Life brings discomfort, disappointments and hurt. Discontent and ungratefulness will rob us of our joy and gratefulness to God. When we focus upon our lack in relation to another’s lot such as larger home, better job, more money we are silently saying to God “Why didn’t You give me what You gave them”? Why haven’t You’ve been as good to me as You have to them? We don’t realize or understand what they may have went through to get what they have. Secondly, Satan will also bless you to keep you under his bondage.
Although others may have blessings we desire, they cannot compare with the richness of joy that God gives us when we have truly given ourselves to Him. Joy is one of the Fruit of the Spirit and the only way we can receive Joy is through the Holy Spirit. Joy is something man neither Satan can take, but we can willingly give it to them by our thoughts and actions. Sin separates us from God, and anything that pulls us from being in His presence. Sin is enticing, it’s like a fisherman’s lure, once we take a bit, it hooks and enslaves us, but when we place God’s laws in our hearts we experience supernatural and untarnished joy that no sin can not offer. Sin can’t come into the presence of the Lord and neither can we when we practice sin.
When we’re busy and overcommitted, it will still our joy and our sensitivity to the voice and Spirit of God. When we’re tired and worn, it steals our joy, it steals our connection with God. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy; this is what’s happening when were to busy and overcommitted. God speaks through various avenues, but when were tired and worn we overlook what He’s speaking to us by. He also speaks to us audible, but our hearing is deaf because we’re tired and worn.
When we hold back any area of our lives from God, we subject our joy to the whims of circumstances. Then we’re tempted to try to control the misplaced source of joy. Desiring to fully control our circumstances squeezes out our joy and replaces it with fear, what if’s, and worries. There is nothing that comes into our lives that takes God by surprise! When we stay connected with God no matter what comes into our lives it will not steal our joy, it will take away our happiness, but it will not take our joy.
God has promised blessings and He also informed the believer what to expect in this life. Christianity will not be walking down a path of flowers daily; as He has overcome, so will we when we commit ourselves totally and completely to Him. Pay attention to what you think about, if it’s not edifying, you need to remove the thought. Think on the things God’s Word has instructed the believer to think on (Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things – Philippians 4:8).
Another snatcher of joy is being around people who are always embittered or heavy-hearted. An embittered or heavy-hearted person will feel jealous or cynical about a spirit of joy because they have allowed Satan to steal their joy and they don’t want you to have joy. The spirit that is controlling them will be like a serpent wrapping itself around you squeezing joy out of you. That’s why we have been instructed to put on the whole armor of God, we need it on daily to deal with the issues of life and Satan.
Stay connected to God through prayer, fasting, reading and studying His Word. Make a conscious decision to submit to His Word. Try to be around other believers who are encouraging and have faith. Fight the good fight of faith and don’t allow anyone to steal your joy!