Don’t Let Satan Steal Your Joy
Don’t let the enemy steal your joy!
Don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy through fear, worry, discouragement, offense, frustration and bitterness, being misunderstood, feeling anxious, feeling hopeless and helpless, being mistreated, or feeling like a failure. By God’s grace, determine to continually fix your eyes on Him, and to continually set your mind on Him! Do not let the enemy deprive you of your joy, peace of mind, confidence, hope or spirit. Do not let Satan distract you by making you waste your time and energy on things that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things! Stay focused and keep pressing on! When feelings of discouragement and other negative thoughts and feelings come, RUN to God’s Word! Refresh and refill your mind and spirit with the truth! When you are discouraged, focus on God and worship Him in the midst of what you are going through. You will be encouraged, and God will continually reveal Himself to you. And please, never forget: Wisdom comes from God!
1 Peter 5:8, ESV Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
John 10:10, ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Hebrews 12:2, BSB Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Romans 5:3-5, ESV Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Galatians 5:22, ESV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Psalm 51:10, ESV Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Romans 12:2, NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:23, NLT …let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Philippians 4:4, ESV Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice.
Romans 8:28, NASB And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (AMEN!)
With the political, social, physical and even spiritual battles we face, we can get frustrated, discouraged, and even bitterness can set in and Satan knows us so well that he continues to stoke the fire.
The only way I can deal with it, is by the Grace of God, prayer, Scripture and a change of paradigms (the lens in which we look, our perspective). When I do this, anxieties subside, frustrations ease, bitterness goes away and Joy returns.
We don’t have to change our principles to change our paradigms, and in seeing things with a different perspective, we can offer the Grace and Mercy, that we have been given, and that will move us closer to Him and return to us our Joy.
May God bless and keep you today and always. May you feel God’s unfailing love enveloped around you. I pray that God’s peace will constantly be your shield. I pray that you will always know that God is near, and that God loves you so very much. May the joy of the Lord always be your strength, and May God fill you with peace today and always! Amen.