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TODAY’S MEDITATION – Your joy is a strong weapon against the enemy’s attacks (James 1:2-3)

The Bible tells us to be filled with joy and praise (Philippians 4:4; Romans 15:11). It is clear that God intends for us all to live joyful lives. But today, many people, including Christians, suffer from a great loss of joy, not to say depression, as they feel useless and even suicidal, losing interest in things and people that they once enjoyed. My brother, my sister, let me remind you that the Bible says, the devil is here only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Therefore, when your joy has left you, know that the devil has already stolen, killed or destroyed it. Yes, it may not be easy for some people to hear this right now, but it may be helpful for them to know that their situation can be changed because the Lord has already provided a way out through many gifts: prayer, Bible study and its application, fellowship among believers, confession, forgiveness, etc. But first and most important thing to know: Jesus came to serve the others as an example for us to follow. When you focus on yourself or your condition, the devil will also help you to focus on those negative things that make you suffer or make you lose faith in the Lord! Therefore, the first step out of self-pity that comes along with depression is to move your focus from yourself to Christ and others. My friends, the only thing the devil wants for us is to kill us. He is such a coward that he will try to push you to kill yourself instead, that’s why he starts killing your joy, confidence, peace and happiness by any means necessary. Yes, as long as he finds an open door, he will enter to fully destroy everything he can in your life. That is his ultimate plan for you. But God has another plan for you: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). You see, a good means to fight against anxiety in your life is to abide in the Word of God, even when you do not want to. Our emotions can lead us astray, but God’s Word stands firm and unchanging. That is why we must maintain strong faith in Christ Jesus and hold even more tightly to Him when we undergo trials and temptations. The Bible tells us that God will never allow temptations in our lives that we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Although being depressed is not a sin, we are still accountable for the response to the affliction, including getting the professional help if needed. All in all, do not give in to the devil and stand firm with Jesus as the Bible reassures you today: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). My friend, no matter what is happening in your life, praise the Lord continually (Hebrews 13:15); remain in the joy of the Lord today, and don’t let the devil steal your joy! Maybe this meditation does not apply to you, but to someone you know, so recall that person of this. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [retweet] [facebook]