Take It Back, III

Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”

The second thing to do to get your joy back is to analyze the cause. Lam. 3:40Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” (NIV, emphasis added). So far we have identified that an unbalanced schedule, an unused talent, an unconfessed sin, and an unresolved conflict sap joy very fast. Yesterday we said the way to deal with toxic people in our lives is to avoid them. When I am preparing for a God Will Do It Again season for instance, there are some people that when they come to my office always say nasty things, pass nasty comments. So, until I am done delivering what God will have me do, I avoid such people.

My colleagues know them, and when they show up in those seasons the standard response is, Pastor is not available. Pastor is not available for certain seasons and I have no apologies for that. If you have people that consistently sap the joy out of your life, avoid them! And if you are married to one, then you need counseling because you cannot avoid your spouse. What if the person is not your spouse but still someone you cannot avoid, then you will need help, guidance. But generally, you can avoid up to ninety percent of such people. the fifth kill joy is an under nourished spirit. If you do not nourish your spirit-man, you are going to have a challenge with retaining joy.

How do I get my joy back, I start by admitting it is lost, then I analyze the cause and then I need to correct what is wrong. One of the things I have noticed that holds people back in my walk with God is, that people know what to do but they do not do it. I talk to people and by the time you are done, the person already knows what to do but he or she just is not doing it. You need to correct what is wrong. In fact, the secret to continual overflowing joy is obedience. Let us say for instance that you have identified that it is an unbalanced schedule that is sapping your joy. Don’t just smile and say, I have an unbalanced schedule. Get up and correct what is wrong! You have to take action. John 15:10-11 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my JOY. Yes, your JOY will overflow!” (emphasis added). Your joy will overflow in the Name of Jesus.

The fourth thing you need to do is to focus on the good in your life. It is important that our focus is not on the negatives because everybody has a few. Focus on the good. We said the number one thing that holds Christian’s back is knowing what to do and not doing it. Most Christians are not in darkness from not knowing what to do. The second thing that holds people back is ingratitude, not focusing on the good. Overtly focusing on the negatives kills joy.

Prayer: Father, please restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with Your Holy Spirit, in Jesus Name. Amen!

Posted on Wednesday 27 April, 2022, in Acknowledge God, Blessings of God, Goodness of God, Gratitude, Joy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.

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