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There is only one commodity and one resource that has the power to strengthen you in your weakness. This valuable commodity of strength and power is the joy of the Lord.

Joy empowers you to be the person that God has always desired you to be. Joy is not a weak and insipid emotion but is at its best when life is at its worst.

Satan’s plan is to steal your joy and to weaken your resolve. Satan’s plan is to infect you with disappointment and vaccinate you with discouragement.

The devil knows that he cannot deny you of your salvation or of the forgiveness that Jesus has given to you. So, what he tries to steal is the most valuable commodity you possess which is your joy. Satan is relentless and he will do everything that he can to lie to you and eventually deceive you out of your joy.

Stand toe to toe … nose to nose … with the accuser and declare in his ugly little face, “Satan, you will never take my joy from me!”

When you choose to defy the enemy with the joy that Jesus died to give you, you will become a powerful force. God can use joyful Christians who are bold enough to hang onto their joy no matter what is going on in their circumstances.

Practical Application: 

1 – Write a thank you note to someone who has been a blessing to you. Write and mail it today!

2 – List three more things for which you are grateful. Don’t forget to share on Twitter or on Facebook with #beatdepression!


I declare that Satan will no longer steal my joy! I am a powerful Christian because God’s presence has given the gift of joy!


“Thank You, Jesus, that it is Your joy that strengthens me and propels me into all that You have for me this year. Even on the days when I do not “feel” joy, I know that I have it because You promised it to me. I stand on Your promises not on my feelings. Amen.”

ScriptureNehemiah 8:9-12  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.the Tirshatha: or, the governor 10Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. 11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.


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