The Joy Within

 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.  Proverbs 12:25

Different people derive their happiness from varied different things. Some enjoy the company of friends, some in the embrace of their family and loved one, some people derive their pleasure from their hobby, work or financial ability. Scientist say that feeling happy has nothing to do with the heart – it’s all in the brain. Well, that’s what they say.

However, medical science cannot explain what triggers the frontal lobes and limbic system in the brain for a person to feel euphoric or depressed, or other factors that determines how we feel like the neurochemicals in our brains.  For example, Serotonin helps to regulate our moods and Dopamine which gives us a feeling of pleasure when released.

Everyone is searching for the key towards happiness. That is why many are plagued in drugs and alcohol addiction because they want to stay in their extreme happiness no matter how short-lived and deadly they are. The modern world has devised many strategies and many ways towards the path of happiness, many are short-lived and all leads to nowhere.

With the festive period over, and in this world that tends to encourage cynicism and negativity, what is within our hearts? In such grim times, would our joy be a rare occurrence?

The Joy Within, forever joy...

Let us allow God’s Word to make our hearts glad…

Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.

Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!   Philippians 3:1-4

The devil has no power to steal your joy. Joy is a spiritual force inside your human spirit. Satan may be able to sabotage your health, finances and family, subjected to the sovereignty of God, as the book of Job teaches, but he can’t touch your spirit or what is in your spirit. Your spirit is off limits to the devil. And since he can’t touch your spirit, he can’t rob you of your joy. If you lost your joy it is because you gave it away. However, if you actively will to keep your joy, Satan has to go empty-handed.

If people can make themselves happy by their own efforts that is short-lived, we on the other hand, truly have even a greater reason to rejoice (through eternity) because we rely on what Jesus Christ has done for us!

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Comments
  1. Joo says:

    Hi David,

    I enjoyed reading your blog and derived much comfort from the post, ‘My heart will go on.”

    Yes, it is possible to experience joy in the midst of difficult times. Our joy is in the Lord and not base on outward circumstances.

    Habakkuk says “Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,
    Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
    The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
    Habakkuk 3:17-19 (Amplified Bible)

  2. You are so right. Satan has no power to steal, kill or destroy your joy. All he can do is just convince you to hand it over. DON’T GIVE THE DEVIL WHAT HE HAS NO POWER TO TAKe! Especially since Christ died to give you authority over the enemy.

    Thanks for the message. It hit home.

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