LET NO MAN STEAL your joy. How many times have we heard this? Actually, I think this is a misnomer. To steal says to me that someone comes in sneakily and takes from you, but no man can take from you the gift of God that possesses you and that you truly possess. The Bible says the kingdom of God is within you, “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost”. Nehemiah said, “the joy of the Lord is my strength!” Nazi concentration camp survivor Viktor Frankl said this, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
People can take away your stuff and they can strip you of all dignity. They can slander your good name and whisper lies into the ears of people with itchy ears. The enemy can wear you down like an old pair of running shoes; but no one, not even the devil can steal your joy unless you give it away. Joy is an eternal gift of God that will sustain us on this earth journey and then we will experience it forever in His kingdom.
You can choose to walk in joy or you can give it away and walk in your negativity and sourness. You can choose to rejoice in the Lord “and again I say Rejoice!” Or you can choose to become more bitter, more hardened and more of a complainer. You can choose joy and the fear of the Lord or cowardice and the fear of the world. Joy is a beautiful gift of God. Receive His joy and be at peace. Choose today to operate in joy!“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalms 16:11 NKJV#runyourrace
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