Overcoming JOY Stealers

Thoughts from my journal during and after a time of fasting & prayer...

Micah 6:8… A new year… a new faith adventure.  How easy it is to be drawn into my own depravity… my thoughts, desires, dreams, fears, self-discipline… quickly expose weakness and failures.  Fasting and praying.  I want to know You wholeheartedly.  Awaken my senses to You.  Help me to know the difference in managing things and focusing my energies on hearing and following Your whispers.  Shine light on the enemy’s activity around me and help me respond as, “It is written.”  I need Your wisdom for family transitions, kids, work, planting, and equipping others.  I want to add value through Christ to those around me.  I pray for workers of the harvest field.  In Jesus Name

As I discipline my body to hear you more clearly, I find that many of the other desires that quickly consume me loose their power.  I need Your help to overcome JOY STEALERS… they rob me of the joy & peace that are a reflection of Your glory.  Refresh and restore as only You can!  “You must become greater, I must become less."  I repent and submit my… (specific details shared with my Master )  Thank You for the cross and Your mercy.  I need You and want to be about things that bring You glory.  In Jesus Name

We all have things that are fighting for attention and energies.  The Bible reveals how to Overcome JOY STEALERS around us in Philippians 4:1-13  (for more see 3/6/11 podcast)

What are your JOY Stealers?

2 comments (Add your own)

1 Joshua Abel - Sun, March 6, 2011 @ 10:07 PM

Schedule alterations... I like being at home...just is my nature. I don't necessarily mind "doing something" or "going somewhere" once I'm doing it, or once I'm there. But alterations in my off-time schedule is definitely a joy stealer and something I must give over to the Lord.
2 Pastor - Mon, March 7, 2011 @ 11:29 PM

As soon as I heard the alarm on Monday, my mind was bent toward distructive thinking. I read His Word and gave it to God multiple times, but the feelings remained strong.

Received a text saying, "Praying for you... love you... appreciate you & so does God." ... and the feelings of oppression seemed to lose their grip. Later, another dose of encouragement as a friend dropped by with lunch.

Thank You God for the power of Your Spirit with timely encouragement through the willing hearts of others to defeat my JOY Stealers.

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