Contending For Your Joy– Part 1

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10 (NKJV)

All too often I see Christian men and women living life and serving the Lord without any true joy.  They seem to be doing it out of obligation or even begrudgingly.  But this shouldn’t be so.  In fact, we can see God giving Moses a strong message because the people had chose not to serve Him with joy and gladness of heart.

“Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.” Deuteronomy 28:47-48 (NKJV)

The devil works very hard to steal, kill, and to destroy our joy – you might say he is contending for our joy. 

Q: So how can we become truly joyful when we are facing trials, tribulations and are being tempted to doubt and fear our future?

There is only one true remedy for changing our attitude and it is taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  It is choosing to cast down any garbage coming into our mind –— those things contrary to what God would want us to think upon.  We see the Apostle Paul encouraging the believers in Philippi to have a proper heart and attitude when he tells them to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4)  Paul then gives them the recipe by giving them an outline from God for what they should be thinking and meditating on.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

If we think on garbage, our attitude will be garbage.  Some would say, “I cannot just simply generate joy when I want.”  I would suggest two things.  First, we need to repent of our lack of joy.  If we know God wants us to be joyful and we are choosing not to, then we should know we are sinning, so we need to repent.  The second thing we need to understand is we are going to have to contend for our joy.  There is a responsibility on our part to engage in this spiritual warfare against the enemy.  In Part 2 of this devotional we will look at three essentials for every Christian for being filled with joy. 

I want to encourage you today—keep your eyes open to the schemes of the enemy.  Choose to meditate upon the Word of God and find answers and hope in your future with Him.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional what can we learn about our being filled with Joy?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you filled with the joy of the Lord or is the enemy stealing your joy by tempting you to think on things you shouldn’t be thinking on?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take every thought captive and choose not to think upon the things you know to be negative and destructive.  When one of these thoughts pops in your head, find a Scripture to meditate upon – one bringing the light of truth and the hope of God. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for giving me a way to fight the enemy in his attack upon my joy.  Thank You for Your Word and the promises contained within it.  Help me to remember the things I have read within Your Word when thoughts from the enemy come into my head.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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