But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB)
Do you feel as though your joy has been stolen from you? Perhaps in the past you were known for the way you would brighten up a room the minute you walked through the door. Perhaps you can’t even recall the moment you lost your joy. It may feel as though you were blindsided and the pressures in life served as a thief in the night.
As God’s Word states that the joy of the Lord serves as our strength, it is highly recommended that we safeguard our joy. We must stand guard against the enemy’s schemes as he attempts to discourage us to the point whereas we willingly hand it over to him. There may be an offense that you are nurturing at this moment; you must decide if it is really worth the loss of your joy.
Nevertheless, one thing is certain; our joy cannot be stolen. Joy is not a tangible possession that someone can snatch out of our hands. Joy is a gift from God as a component of the fruit of the spirit. Nurturing our spirit with the Word is what waters and fertilizes joy so that it can create deep roots that essentially anchors itself firmly within our souls.
Lord, thank You for the gift of joy. I commit to safeguarding it and watering and fertilizing it with Your Word.