Joy, Moment-By-Moment

April 23, 2013 | Tags: ,

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A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

-John 10:10

Do you ever wonder why you can have something so positive happen to you one day, and then the next day, you wake up with overwhelming feelings of despair, with no reason why? That’s the work of the enemy. He works to rob you and me of our joy in Christ by stealing our thankfulness and our praise of God each and every day. He knows that every day, Jesus has brand new, custom-tailored grace for us that is more powerful than His oppression. However, he uses the same thing against us time and time again–getting us to focus on that desire of our heart that is yet unmet. If he can get us to focus on that, then he can steal our joy for what Christ is doing in us and around us today.

It’s a trap, and a powerful one. Satan likes to steal, kill, and destroy your joy and mine. The antidote–focusing our minds and hearts on Jesus, one moment at a time. Being thankful for what He’s doing right now. Praising Him in our hearts for His grace in this moment. Looking to His direction and guidance for this decision right here. That is how we remain joyful in the Holy Spirit. It’s an intentional decision that we must make one moment at a time. If we don’t, we can get swept away in the despair and hopelessness of the evil one.

Here are some things you can do to stay focused:

1. Have a favorite Bible verse memorized and recite it out loud the moment you begin to feel down.

2. Listen to praise and worship music and begin singing.

3. Pray. Ask God to help fight the enemy of sorrow for you and lift your spirit to Him.

4. Intercede for another in prayer and ask God to bless that person.

5. Offer to help someone in need.

All these will lift you up to God, getting your eyes off yourself and on to the Lord.

We must be intentional about these things. They will not occur naturally without making the effort to place ourselves in God’s way. After we do that, He is faithful to do the rest.

Which one can you do right now?

By Courtney Silberman

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