Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore Psalm 16:11.
Joy is different from happiness; joy is something that can’t be taken when God gives it to you, happiness can turn to sadness in seconds in regards to what a person says or do. But when God gives you joy, whatever is happening around you will not steal your joy.
Whether you’re a believer or non-believer life issues will come, Satan will bring some and people will bring some. Your joy can’t be taken if you don’t allow your circumstances to take it. Are you enjoying your life? If not, God wants you to, He didn’t create you to be miserable and living a life of sadness. Many people today live their lives in a constant state of stress and turmoil, but as a Christian, we don’t have to live that way, because God’s Spirit lives in us, and a fruit of His Spirit is Joy. This joy is not a just a “happy feeling” based on our circumstances or on the things we possess; it is an unshakable stability in our inner man (spirit). God does not want you to live on a emotional rollercoaster, that’s why He places His Spirit in you to conquer the thoughts and the attacks that come to your mind to make you feel sad, depressed, and stressed.
As you build your relationship with God, it does not mean your life will be a bed of roses skipping through life, but you will have someone walking with you through the difficult times. Someone that you can talk to at any time about anything. Some of the things we as women go through are because we didn’t seek God first; and because we didn’t, it brought heartache, disappoints, relationships we never should have been in. When we seek God’s directions, He will lead and guide us throughout our life. If we follow His directions, nothing that comes in our lives, we can’t conquer when we allow God to be our representative.
Whether you are a believer or non-believer God will allow us to direct our life because He created us as a free-will agent. He will allow us to abort the plan He has for us if we choose to do so. God’s thoughts towards us are not to bring harm or make us feel bad about ourselves. When we’re led by His Spirit, He will direct us in our everyday living such as, we can be driving to work and God will give an unction to go another way. Later on that day you will find out there was a terrible accident. We may want to accept a job and God will unction whether or not we should accept the position, He will do this when we allow Him to direct our lives.
Simplify your life, don’t try to do too much, Satan works hard to complicate your life so he can steal your joy. If you want to live a less complicated life, you may have to simplify it by not doing so much. Too many times we try to complete too many goals or tasks at one time and when we don’t complete them then we get stressed and depressed. Make your tasks and goals in a time frame you can complete. Sometimes we get overburden when there are things we need and don’t have the means to do so. When there is something that you need or want, pray and ask God to provide the need or want; if it’s not against God’s principles keep asking Him until you receive what you’re praying for. God will never against a prayer that is against His godly principals. God wants you to have joy, He wants you to enjoy life and allow Him to be your Father, friend, protector, and be the supplier of your needs.
Unforgiveness will steal your joy, joy is restored to your life when you learn how to forgive, it does not mean you will not forget because our brain is like a computer, it stores actions. When you truly forgive, when you think about it, or talk about it, there will be no anger or sadness. Walking in the obedience to God is one of the best ways to have a joyful, blessed life. Another way to keep your joy is being yourself, being satisfied and happy with yourself is a very important key to enjoying your life. When we try to be what other people wants us to be were not being ourselves and it will steal our joy.
Get out of a religious trap feeling as though the only time you’re pleasing God is when you’re at church, praying, or reading the Bible. When we allow God to come into our lives and invade every area of our life, He will be pleased when we’re doing simple everyday tasks, God is very much aware that we have obligations. The thing is not to allow ourselves to get overwhelmed with our daily lives and not having time to spend with God. Jesus died so that we can have an abundant life and that includes every area of our being.