As Christians, we are called to be joyful. Philippians 4:4 tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always.” Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that “the joy of the Lord is [our] strength.” Easier said than done though, right? When times get difficult we find ourselves robbed of God’s joy. Yet these are the times that we need His joy the most!
On today’s show we shared an article from Focus on the Family that identified four thieves that attempt to rob us of our joy. A combination of lies, misbeliefs, and selfish needs, these thieves strike during tough times. But knowing what they are helps us to rest in God’s truth and keep our joy safe.
These thieves are:
- The belief that sadness disappoints God
- Feeling that we don’t measure up
- The need for control
- The belief that hard seasons disqualify us from God’s presence
Knowing what the thieves are will help you combat them. You can find the whole article, along with related resources from Focus on the Family, HERE. And, of course, be sure to stay connected with God through His word and through prayer, to ensure that His joy remains with you, even in life’s most difficult moments!
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