Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude. — Joyce Meyer

🌿💕🌷||Joy Stealers|| 🌷💕🌿
Sometimes it can be difficult to feel happy when there are people out there who are actively trying to prevent that from happening. Sometimes, in order to stop you from achieving your aims, they try to hem you in with negativity. They might even end up getting downright mean. Some of you reading this might be able to relate in situations where you are constantly have to protect your joy and peace if not you are going to give in or say something you going to regret. The enemy knows our weaknesses so he will try us. I love this quote by Joyce Meyers: Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude. I say ” Run for your life! Hang up that phone! Pray for them.”

It could be a so called friend (more likely, a frenemy) jealous of your recent success and trying to detract from your achievement. It could be frustrated friends and family undermining you, whether they realize it or not, because you’re not following their idea of what your life plan should be or maybe they are jealous of you. The bad news is that some people will sometimes try to bring you down on purpose. The good news is they don’t have to succeed. Just because you are a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean that you are a doormat for people to walk over. You can be kind but also assertive. Don’t let people make you think that you are anything other than amazing. Don’t let insecure people who may be jealous of you make you think that your dreams or successes are dumb. They are dumb for gaslighting you. Gaslighting is an emotional warfare technique whereby someone tries to make you feel worthless by talking your successes into failures. Stand up to it. God created you with purpose inside of you. Don’t be distracted by people who is trying to bring you down. The enemy is working diligently to steal your joy. Sometimes people have issues with you who’ve done nothing wrong to only because someone else got them on their camp to believe on their plots, manipulation and confusion they themselves created against you. Finally, as hard as it may be…pray for them. Pray for God to build their confidence up so they no longer feel the need to tear others down to make themselves feel better. 

Satan is out to steal your joy. His ministry is to steal, to kill and to destroy (Jn 10:10). He knows that if he can steal your joy, he can keep your properties. This is why he will do anything to frustrate you and everything that has to do with you. He wants you to be sorrowful so that you block the avenues to fruitfulness. The devil knows that when you are fruitful his kingdom will be more in a mess. Hence he will use whatever it takes to stop you. Do you know that the devil can use your colleague, coworker, husband, wife or friend to offend you and make you think that they are the ones who have offended you? His primary purpose is to cause you pain whilst hiding behind them. The devil disguises and manifest in so many ways to deceive man so that man will turn around to blame God.
You see satan knows that if he can succeed in deceiving you, you may doubt God and miss your blessings that will ultimately make you more sad and bitter. Bitterness can never produce fruitfulness. Whatever you are trusting God for that is yet to manifest is not enough reason to be sorrowful. Know that God is who He says He is and would do what He says He will do. God cannot lie. His word is settled in heaven. If you are yet to receive the solution does not mean that God has not done it or is not going to do it. God is ever faithful. God is more concern about you receiving the blessings than you are. Instead of being sad check your life. If you are convinced that you are right with God then just hold on because God is always right on time. He is never late. Stir up your confidence in God. He won’t disappoint you. Has God ever done something for you before? If your answer is yes, do you think that He has changed? Mal. 3:6, says, “for I the Lord, I change not: therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed”. God cannot change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What He did for you yesterday He can do much more today and tomorrow. Believe Him. He said if it was not so He would have told you so (Jn. 14:2). The devil wants you to believe that God is not worth it or trustworthy. But then we know that the devil is a liar. He has no truth in him. Thus he is called the father of all liars (Jn. 8:44). You see, God did not save you to leave you at the mercies of the enemy or of this world. The fact that you are a Christian does not mean that you might not suffer things like sickness, loss of job, disappointments etc. But in all of the challenges, God has made provisions for us to overcome whatever the world can throw at you. it may be true that you may not know what tomorrow holds but if God is your God, He knows what tomorrow holds for you and knows how to bring it to pass in your life. Don’t be afraid of tomorrow because of yesterday’s mistakes or failures. God says “remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” Isa. 43:18-19. Beloved, know that your tomorrow shall be greater than where you are right now. Stop worrying. Worrying has never solved any challenge in life rather it makes things worse. Know of a surety that God is working things out behind the scene. Know also, that the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former. Hold on and wait for God’s end. It is always glorious. No wonder the bible says “weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning”. Rejoice child of God because your victory is assured in Christ. Apostle Paul, said, rejoice, again I say rejoice. Make up your mind that the devil will not rob you of your joy. Gird your loins with the truth (Word of God). Don’t allow satan to deceive you and rob you of your joy because if he succeeds, he can defeat you and rob you of your blessings. Satan’s mightiest weapon is deception. His only hope of winning is to get you to quit and rob you of your joy. The only way he can take anything from you is by deceiving you into handing it over to him. Stop believing in his lies and start walking in the word of God that has made you an overcomer and more than conqueror. Receive grace to remain joyful and RISE. 💕🌷🌿


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