Satan Will Not Steal My Joy
In my last devotion, I stated that I would be stepping out in faith, would be still, and would wait on God. After expressing that, I planted my feet and claimed His joy each and every day. It felt as though Satan laid off for a few days... but he's hit again. It’s no surprise to me because he is a thief and a liar after all.
It's amazing what a gift positive thinking and claiming peace in the name of Jesus will do for us. As I began to step out in faith and wait for God to move, I felt as though I were in a constant state of peace, joyfulness, and I felt whole. With this feeling came confidence, confidence in who I was, who I could be, confidence in the One that guides my life; I hadn't clung to that confidence in a long time. I felt renewed and refreshed.
God gave His Son so we could have life and have it more abundantly. This doesn't mean that he wants us to walk through life feeling tied down in bondage, beat down, heavy from depression, doubt, holding onto unforgiveness, have hate in our heart, and live in discouragement -- it simply means that we should possess and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (joy, love, peace, etc…). Because we have access to all them thanks to the Holy Spirit that resides in us.
So, during these trials, why do we claim and accept the doubt, discouragement, and depression that Satan throws at us when God made available to us His everlasting joy, peace, goodness, faith, etc? We can have those whenever we need it and WANT it. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm done just accepting what Satan throws at me and laying down; is it even worth the time and energy? Instead, what would happen if God's followers began accepting His good and rejecting the bad? Philippians 3:7-8 "... More than that I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ."
John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against