Do you have the joy of the Lord in your heart? Beware of these 4 things that can steal your joy! Don’t let anything steal your joy!
Losing the Joy of you Salvation. One reason is that the joy of salvation has been lost. The church at Ephesus had this same problem. Revelation 2:4 states that the church had “left thy first love”. David, who is considered one after God’s own heart, needed to ask God to restore unto to him the joy of his salvation. All Christian probably come to a time in their life where they have lost the joy of their salvation. I know I have. To battle this, you must renew your faith in the promises of God.
Confusing Activity with Devotion. Another thing that can cause us to not have joy is confusing activity with devotion. Max Melonuk states, “Busyness with Christian activities will suck the believer dry and convince him or her that the “abundant life” Christ promised is anything but”! Devotionals fuel you and busyness uses up your fuel. Once you get dried up from the constant giving of yourself to others, you need a reason to keep serving. The joy of the Lord is the only reason to keep on serving.
Wrong Motivation for Joy. The third way joy can be stoel can be stolen is confusing the motives of joy. The right motivation is to know God better, to see Him living through us more everyday. Even our desire for joy itself, when it interferes with our desire for God becomes a wrong motivation.
Basing your Joy on Circumstances. Life will not always give everyone peaches and cream. Life will hard out hard times and the only way to get through it is to have joy or to believe on the promises of God. James 1:2 states, “My Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations”. Job’s circumstances would not give an unsaved person much reason for happiness, much less the feeling of joy, but Job had Joy according to Job 19:13. Worrying about things takes away joy. God’s children cannot control their circumstances, so just trust God to take care of you.
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