Are you tired of being discouraged in your walk with the Lord? Has your joy left you? Satan wants your joy, and he wants it badly. Be of good cheer! This powerful truth will help you find your joy and get you back on the track of being a victor instead of a victim!
2Co 4:8-9 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed—
Don’t just read the troubles, read the note of victories as well. In Other Words: I might get knocked down, but you’re never going to knock me out!
In fact, Satan has been defeated on the Cross by our Lord Jesus Christ. Satan should be afraid of you, Christians are a terror to Satan ! How to become a Holy Terror to Satan? Make a decision (not just try…). Say this: “I am not going under, I am going over! No matter what lies ahead, none of these things move me” If you are willing to wait, it will not take very long.
Let’s see the story of King David, who was called to battle and destined to win.
1 Samuel 30:1
David was so distressed he sat down to cry. House burnt down and families taken into captivity.
His men blamed him. (David could have reacted to say I don’t want this job anyway, I prefer to herd sheep)
David decided to be his own cheerleader. He made up his mind, if God has delivered him before (the lion, the bear, the giant, the battles), He will do it again! He is a covenant man.
Covenant man can be distressed but we don’t have to stay distressed. We don’t give up. We get knocked down but not knocked out! You were so bad before you got saved, when you served the devils; but now after you’re saved, you become a whim? When you get over on God’s team, you become a whim?
David began to encourage himself in the Lord. He started to ask the Lord if he should pursue. Lord told him that he will pursue, overtake them and take everything back. And that is the marching order from Heaven to the people of Christ today. It is time to get up in the power of the Holy Spirit, and it is time to fight back and get back everything Satan’d stolen.
2 Samuel 21:15
The Philistine was like Satan, keep giving trouble. (see V15, V18, V19, V20) ; King David always being prosecuted.
the Devil may be So persistent – But where covenant people are concerned, he is a persistent loser.
Q: Did the devil try to stop you from reading this message? That is one way he is doing, keep attacking. But our weapon is not carnal; they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong hold (2Co 10:4).
Are you desperate for victory? Make an uncompromising stand, don’t give in.
2 Samuel 22:1, In the midst of battle, David sang. “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, ….”. Distress gone and Joy enters.
When you are under pressure, it is an indication that Satan has fired his best shot. And if this one does not get you, he is finished! Shout: I am never going under. V.29..by my God…I leap over the wall. David was joyous. He refused to give in to his emotion. He expects God to give him the victory again. David knew it is not God’s will for his servants to be defeated.
Jesus said the words He spoke will give you JOY:
John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
But Satan always tries to steal the word of God:
Why Satan wants to steal the Word?
As long as you have the Word in your heart, you will have the joy in your heart. The devil will not be able to defeat you.
When we read the Word and realize that it’s God’s will for us to prosper and be in health that produces JOY on the inside of us. The devil knows that the best time to take away the Word from your heart is immediately after you have received it. Because the Word has not taken root yet and to prove God is wrong.
How does the devil steal?
Through affliction, persecution, the cares of this world, the lust of other things, and the deceitfulness of riches.
Do you know that the devil can also steal things from you? (John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…) Do you know that it was the devil who stole your car, your money, boyfriend, or whatever it was that you have lost?
He can’t just reach in and get your joy out of your heart. He will try to steal from you physically to weaken you spiritually. Devils Start by Stealing things, is to get to your heart ultimately. Satan also likes to use the “little things” to steal our joy, such as: your car won’t start, your hair isn’t looking right, a husband and wife start fussing…
Nehemiah 8:10 says, The JOY of the Lord is your STRENGTH.
The devil knows that if he can get your joy, even over something “little,” he can steal your strength. No strength = can’t resist devil = devil won’t flee. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. If he can’t get your joy, HE CAN’T KEEP WHAT HE STOLE FROM YOU!
Do you want what the devils stole from you, back? Simply this: The devil can’t defeat a joyful believer!
The Hebrew word for Joy = “exhilaration”
The Hebrew word for strength = “stronghold.”
In other words, the exhilaration we have is a stronghold in our lives and keeps us able to face the enemy and withstand him when he is attacking us.
Jesus always tells us to be of good cheer: 677 times in the Bible, God said to take joy. In the Old Testament, God told His people “Be of good courage, be not dismay. Fear not.” In the New Testament,Jesus said: In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Our New testament Bible, was originally written in Greek: The Greek word for “joy” is ‘Chara’, derived from the word ‘charis’, which is the Greek word for ‘GRACE‘
Bible contains words that are all true, truly recorded by true people. But not all the words are the Truth (Satan also spoke in the Bible), the Truth that will set you free is the word of Grace, the Gospel of Grace. So, by knowing & believing in Grace, the Gospel of Grace that Jesus Christ died to give us, we will experience the Joy, that no man nor devils can take away from our heart. The Joy that Jesus promised to give us in John 15:11. JOY is a spiritual powerful force!
Be of good cheer. Satan wants your joy. If he can make you joyless, then he has defeated you. When you get defeated, he will spoil your goods and steal them from you.
No One Can Take Your Joy (Word of God) : John 16:22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
The devil cannot take your joy….unless you allow it.
Bible says Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour – so, unless you allow him, but if you resist him he will flee from you. And, the reason, he is roaring is that he ain’t got no teeth anymore! Jesus has defanged all his teeth. A roaring lion knows well that it has no teeth to kill its prey, so its only weapon is to roar the prey to death.
Just like the devil, he cannot take your joy from you, but he can create enough pressure roaring around you, until you are emotionally drained up and give up your joy.
Joy comes from the Word of God, reading your Bible on God’s promises, on Grace, on God’s goodness, God’s unconditional Love, God’s total forgiveness of sins; then you can rejoice to have Joy. And if you can rejoice, then your victory is near! For example: When you are in financial pressures, keep meditating this scripture promise word: But my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19); When it looks as if there is no way out, say the verse out loud. Learn to say the verse until it gets rooted in your heart and Satan cannot take away anymore. (Power of meditation)
Part two: Give Thanks in every situation, Not for every situation.
Many Christians are taught that they should praise God for every bad thing that happens in their lives. But, that is not what God said. Evil things are not from God. Satan is the god of all problems. So if you give thanks for your problems then, you are actually praising Satan! Satan wants to deceive people to give him praises, to steal praises that belongs to God.
God did not tell us to praise Him for the troubles. He said to give thanks “in everything, NOT “for everything”. In every situation, we should praise God in the midst of our troubles. We are not praising Him for the troubles; we are praising Him for the deliverance from the troubles.
Pay back time:
When Satan comes against a child of God, all he does is to create more troubles for himself. We are God’s Covenant people. God made provision for us both ways: if we give, we get a return on it; if Satan steals from us, we get a return on that too!
God is not saying to lift your hands and praise the Lord because something was stolen from you. He is saying that you must maintain your joy. If you’ll maintain joy no matter what the devil brings against you, God promise to return your goods 7 folds !” Praise God!
When would praise be a good sacrifice?
When you don’t feel like it! The more you don’t feel like praising God, but still if you do it, the bigger that sacrifice of Praise is to God . And, God is saying, “I’ll not only get it back to you, I’ll make him pay it back 7 times!”
My friend, no matter what is going on in your life right now, the game is not over, stay in the game until you emerge victorious. Some people complain about how rough the game of life is. My friends, it does not matter how many times you miss the ball, God is in charge, He sets the rules of the game, He will make you win, for it is His will for you to win!
This is a story of how absurd or foolish way, even that, God can make you win:
King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:14-25), called a solemn fast when Judah was surrounded by a huge army that outnumbered them. The spirit of the Lord come upon one of the men and he began to speak. He instructed the singers (musical worship team) to go ahead of the army. The singers are to shout “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever! God did not choose the skilled swordsmen, the mighty men of battle to lead the forces. He chose the singers who normally will be the last in the line of battle fields, and put them out in the front-line, just to sing and praise the Lord for His goodness.
When the praises marched out with their head held high against the enemy, the enemy did not know how to react; they became confused and began to fight among themselves, killing each other. Then God’s people just walked in and gathered up the spoils that was left after the enemy had routed itself. There was so much spoils that it took 3 days to gather all of it. Wow that must be a huge lot of spoils to collect!
Judah in Hebrew also means praise. Jesus came from Judah tribe, and we are joint heirs with Jesus, so we are also tribe of Judah. We are Praisers, and Praisers cannot be defeated! There is power in praising, rejoicing and thanking God. The devil doesn’t know what to do when he has launched an attack against you, and you keep praising the Lord.
Even Medical science has said that merry-laughter can prevent diseases, and heal the sick faster. Merry heart keeps diseases away. One of the ways to release joy is by laughing (India’s laughing Yoga – Forced laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter)
As Christians, we are the children of light. Don’t pull a long face looking depressed. Being holy and spiritual is not to walk around with a stern face, so judgmental. This is the face of a person being baptized in Lemon juice.
I was attracted to Christianity because I saw them as happy people. People beaming with confident hopes. I only began to enjoy life after becoming a Christian. Jesus said: “take no thought for your life” (Mat 6:25)
Christians should not have a pity party time, let me tell you: this kind of party will have no one coming, you will be the only one having such party alone. As Christians, we have Jesus who fills us with Love, Hope, Peace, and Joy. We fear no future, for we know Psalm 23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
We are the covenant people and God has promised deliverance. The game was not over just because the way things looked at the moment. Look beyond the circumstances and see God’s salvation for you. Do not see yourself defeated; see yourself delivered.
What is God laughing at?
Satan is trying to fight a losing war. His day is coming, that is why God laughs. Rejoice for you are in Christ.
We are the Covenant People
Seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33), Question: What is the kingdom of God?
Some people thinks kingdom of God is mission fields, missionary work, serving in the church, etc.
The kingdom of God was not something outside you flowing in — “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking”, but something inside you flowing out — “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.
So to seek first God’s kingdom means to make it a priority every day to have your inner man flowing with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Righteousness is not your own righteousness based on what you do. It is a gift from Jesus who is your righteousness. (Romans 5:17; 1 Cor 1:30) God wants you to know the truth that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor 5:21)
Only when you realized that Righteousness has been given to you as a gift, apart from your performance, then only peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit will be flowing out like a river of Joy.
“Peace be with you” Jesus showed his disciples His nail pierced hands and side (John 20:19–20) God wants you to know that His Son’s finished work has given you peace. Your conscience can be at rest because your sin debt has been settled, paid in full on the Cross.
Joy will come into your heart when you see Jesus in the scriptures, worship songs or anointed preaching. So every day, make it a priority to see yourself righteous in Christ. Don’t be conscious of your sins. Instead, be conscious of your righteousness.
And whether you are reading your Bible or listening to anointed preaching, see Jesus with His pierced hands and side, which speak of His finished work. See all your sins forgiven, and you will flow with peace and joy. When you do this, you are seeking the kingdom of God!
The game is not over! Put up and uncompromising stand. Satan is persistent, a persistent loser. If you are under heavy distress, the devil just fired his best shot, if he can’t get you now, he can’t get you anymore.