Stolen Joy

At what cost do we allow ourselves to wallow in discouragement?  Or despair? Or self-pity?  What do we release in order for them to take up residence?

The very things we need in order to defeat these enemies, are the qualities we release willingly in order for the foes to set up camp!

The moment we let Joy fly out the window we’ve opened for it, it is replaced with dismay – and enemy with many tentacles.  Like a wild, vine, it send out shoots of discouragement, sorrow, despair, self- pity, hopelessness, anger and apathy.  Each in turn sends out roots that grow deep into our soul.   Where once the beams of Joy flooded in, the darkness flows.

We then no longer have the ability to open the door or window for Joy to return.  We can only willingly ask the Light of the world to return it to its place.  But, with this comes a painful removal of the darkness.  The Light can effectively replace the Joy, but the scars remain as a reminder to us of what our choices cost us.

So easily we forget, and let the scarred areas return to the darkness – each time letting it dig in deeper.

And each time we call out to Him, He returns in His faithfulness.  Yet we are never the same…. He forgives and forgets, but our humanness always remembers.  Alas, our remembering does not always call us to obedience! Oh, that it would!  We wait anxiously for when our resurrected being will no longer bear the scars nor the memories – and we shall have tears no longer.  Then and only then will our Joy be full and complete.

We must chose to believe our true Joy is never connected to our circumstances – otherwise we willingly weigh it down and destroy it with externals.  True Joy resides within and untouched by the world!  Even in our greatest pain, we can stand because of His Grace.  His faithfulness goes beyond our feelings.  When we are down, the enemy attacks our witness, our purity, our wisdom, our faith and our integrity.  He will bring charges against us and we must be wise enough to keep silent when we find ourselves attacked by others.

When we find ourselves in the storms of life that threaten to steal our Joy, all we can do is hang onto Christ (our Light) and ride it out!  He will bring us through no matter how hopeless it may seem.  He may even require us stand alone for a time, in order that we will learn to lean on Him.  

As I read through the scriptures, I am made aware of how many times JOY is associated with trials and pain, when I would have expected it to be found only in good times !   I have enclosed many scriptures for you to ponder… and hopefully you will look up each passage and learn what the father has to say to you about Joy in your own life!  



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Thank you, Marsha!



Ps 16:11

"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."  


Psalm 43:4

"Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God."  


Psalm 51:8

"Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice."  


Psalm 51:12

"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."  


Psalm 65:8

"Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy."  


Psalm 126:5

"Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy."  


Isa 61:7

"Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs."  


Isa 12:3

"With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."  


Isa 35:10

"and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away."


Isa 61:3

"and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."  


Isa 66:5

"Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: "Your brothers who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame."


Zeph 3:17

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.""  


John 16:20

"I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy."  

John 16:24

"Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete."  


Psalm 63:3-8

"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you."

"I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands."

"My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you."

"On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night."

"Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings."

"My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."  



Isa 64: 5

"You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.


Psalm 35:5-9

"Of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me."  

"Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid."

"Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation.""

"May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay."

"May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away;"

"may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them."

"Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,"

"may ruin overtake them by surprise-- may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin."

"Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation."  


John 17:13

""I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them."  

Isa 56:7

"these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.""  

1 Peter 1:8

"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,"

Romans 15:13

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  


2 Cor 1:24

"Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm."


2 Cor 2:3

"I wrote as I did so that when I came I should not be distressed by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy."


Gal 6:4

"Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else,"  

Gal 5:22

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,"  


Col 1:11

"being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully"


2 Cor 7:4

"I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds."  


1 Thess 1:6

"You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit."  

Hebrews 1:9

"You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.""  


Hebrews 12:2

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  

  Hebrews 12:11

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."   


1 John 1:4

"We write this to make our joy complete."

James 1:2

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,"  


Heb 3:6

"But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast."


Psalm 89:15

"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD."


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