One way the enemy seeks to destroy us is to magnify our troubled experiences. Circumstances may cause us to walk a mile, but it’s the enemy that put splinters in our feet alone that journey. Satan does not care how he weakens us, be it small or large, physical, emotional, or financial, as long as he can infect us with the disease of wrong thinking, as long as he can affect our experiences in such a way that it causes us to question God’s love for us, as long as he can take our joy which is our strength, Satan is happy in our suffering.
However Joy, comes from the Lord, and Joy is expressed not only when things go well, but also when tribulations and extreme tragedies come into our life. in 2 Corinthians 7:4 the Apostle says he is overflowing with joy in his afflictions. The very thing we have got to realize is when the devils tries to kill our joy, steal our happiness, and destroy or faith with trials and tribulations what he really is doing is perfecting our character and a perfected character bring about a stronger faith in an almighty God Romans 5:3-4 is ther any wonder James said count it all joy when you encounter all sorts of trials? James 1:2-4
But...when we allow Satan to invade our minds with doubt and hopelessness and depression, we become like a beaten prize fighter in the 10th round of a championship fight, wondering if they can make it through the last two rounds of our spiritual battle or even if we should just throw in the towel and quit. .
Weary from well doing, we no longer desire, to fight to keep our marriage; we've lost hope in our loved ones being saved; we've given up on our financial condition; we’re no longer believing God for a healing of that chronic sickness.
If we allow Satan to invade our minds with doubt and hopelessness and depression,we become drained by the troubles of our family and friends, and to make matters worse, the church elders, those that should be counseling us out of our mess are telling us for some forsaken reason we are not living up to the expectations God has for our lives. And before we realize it, the enemy has dealt a devastating body blow. With broken ribs and broken spirit, we are still in the ring but no longer in the fight, our spiritual Joy has be stolen just like our breath; or in truth we've given our joy away.
Even in those times when we just don’t feel like rejoicing, because He knows that our rejoicing in Him is strength. This is why James 1:2 says “…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” God knows that it is the joy in Him that strengthens us and draws us into a deeper relationship with Him. the prophet Habakkuk teaches us that even in the most desperate time we must contend for the Joy we have in Christ Jesus. He prays;
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 Habakkuk 3:17-18(Amp)
Habakkuk 3:19 (Amp) 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]!
Yet will I rejoice, even though I’m going through all this, I will rejoice in the Lord, no matter what my circumstance are I will be joyful in God my Savior, regardless of what’s going on in my life.
Rejoice in the lord always, and again I say, Rejoice!