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God’s Joy Is Our Strength

Diane Epling

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One of the strongest weapons God gives us to fight depression and anxiety is His joy. I know what you’re thinking: How can I be joyful when I feel like I’m carrying the world’s burdens? If this describes where you’re at right now, I’ve been there too. I know exactly what you are feeling, but you know what? So does Jesus. He understands how we feel because He’s felt the same. He was faced with the same emotions, the same situations, the same heartbreak and betrayals, and the same rejection. The difference was that Jesus gave all that to the Father and found His strength in God’s joy. 

Many of you already know the personal crisis my family has been fighting this past year. If not, you should read my book “The Voice of the Church,” you’ll discover that I can definitely relate to your need for God’s joy. The struggle to remain joyful and put my trust in God when the enemy was attacking me and my loved ones on every side has been an ongoing challenge. I can honestly say that my faith has been put to the test, but God’s grace was sufficient for me. The stronger the enemy battled, the more God continued to pour out His blessings. 

I don’t claim to know why all these things have happened this past year, but I am confident that God has a plan, and I choose to follow Him. In the meantime, when I feel overwhelmed and fearful, God cradles me in his loving arms, giving me unimaginable joy and comfort. He reminds me that He has a plan for me and those I love, so I choose to set aside my fears and doubts and trust God. I know, sounds easy, right? It’s so much easier said than done, though. In studying God’s Word, Nehemiah 8:10 NIV says Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

As I fight these battles, I can find strength in God’s promise of victory. In Romans 8:37 NIV, God tells me in His Scripture that He has already given me victory over my battles with the enemy. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. So, I claim that victory. God fights with and for me, and I am more than a survivor. I am a Warrior of Fire. There is so much more to know about the strength and joy God offers. I lift you up in prayer today, petitioning Him to bring His unexplainable, unconditional joy into life that will give you the strength to overcome the enemy with a victorious shout.

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