If you have this set list of conditions laid out as the only way you can be joyful,
you won’t be. Ever.
See, joy is not born of circumstances.
You will spend your whole life telling yourself that “if this” or “if that” were just the way you wanted, you would have joy. These are lies. Joy resides in a person only by the spirit of God dwelling in them. If it was up to any circumstance we would never be able to attain joy, we would be forever reaching and striving for it, and always coming up short.
If something or someone comes into your life that has you thinking it’s everything you’ve ever needed to have joy, it’s a disguise of Satan. Joy can only be found by faith in Christ and the regeneration of a heart. Not people, or places, or goal achievements. Only the spirit of God.
Joy cannot be attained in any other way. Ever.
You won’t find it apart from Christ dwelling in you. But the devil would have you think it’s just beyond this goal, or that relationship. Lies! Only Jesus. Joy cannot come by any other way but a spiritual rebirth.
The void you ache to fill will never be filled until Jesus alone fills it. Of course Satan wants you to keep striving to fill it in every other way, with relationships or achievements, or attempts to gain power or intelligence. But those things cannot fill your void or bring you joy, ever.
Why do you think the devil had Eve thinking she needed to eat that fruit? He had her believing it was something she needed.
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” – Genesis 3:1-6
I think there is a part of all of us that knows what it was like to think “this is it. If I grasp this I will surely be happy, I will have arrived!” But these were all manipulations just as deceiving as the devil having Eve think that not only did she need to eat that fruit, but that God would not have “really” kept her from it, after all it was so pleasant, “why would He?” But it wasn’t the answer, it was a lie that the devil made her believe was good for her life.
Whatever you do, don’t forget this, the devil is not stupid. He knows how to line things up to tempt YOU very personally, to think that if you had this or that- you would have joy and fill that void.
His manipulations are so clever, you will believe it’s everything you ever needed to attain joy. But joy is a fruit of the Holy spirit, not a result of circumstance. It cannot be won or caught, like a feeling. It is not of the flesh. It can only come by a rebirth in the heart.
Your exhausting yourself striving to create joy, when it can’t be created by you or found in any perfect circumstance, place, set goal, relationship status, or job promotion. Joy can only be planted in your heart when the spirit of God grants you a new heart because you’ve repented and pleaded with Him to save you.
Joy will not come until you surrender to God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” – Psalms 28:7
Submitted by Amelia Barr