Joy Restored

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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…,” John 10:10.

Definition of the word “steal” – take (another person’s property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it.

So, when Scripture says the thief (Satan) comes to “steal,”  he can NOT take what we inherited by the indwelling of the Spirit. He can not steal the eternal property of the fruit of the Spirit – JOY.

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law,” Galatians 5:22-23.

Our “property” is our residency IN Christ. Satan can’t cross boundary lines drawn by the blood of the Lamb and take a smidgin’ of what belongs to God and His children – the inheritance of God for His children.

The boundary lines have fallen for me
in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance,” Psalm 16:06.

Not without permission and he will never be granted that permission, can Satan ever take a single item of our inheritance IN Christ. He has no power to walk through the veil of the blood of Christ and take what belongs to Him. Never has and never will have that power. Ever.

“O Lord of hosts,
How joyful and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing himself to You with confident hope and expectation].”

So, here’s an application for us in this –

Take whatever it is that’s causing you to overly contemplate a problem, and whatever it is that’s leading you to obsess on what you can’t control, and put it all down at the feet of Christ through prayer. The Lord Jesus has said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28.  The rest Christ gives enables us to let go of whatever is wearying and burdening our minds and emotions and experience a very real peace.

If you are physically able, consider getting down on your knees in prayer and remaining there until you have given all of it, all of what’s burdening you, over to Him. Then, get back up, stand to your feet, dust off your knees and walk confidently that He has taken your burden from you. Don’t question if He has, but instead worship Him that He did! And use the Title Deed (the Word of God) in claiming your inherited property of JOY! What I mean by that is, let the Word of God guide you in how to walk in the joy of His salvation.

“Would you just take a moment in silence and would you, if you need to, pray the prayer that David prayed, “Lord, restore to me the JOY of  Your salvation,” and would you ask the Lord to give you the fullness of His joy? And would you ask Him to help you to see that protected inheritance?”



Lisa Rippy

I’m Lisa Rippy, a happily married woman to my wonderful Rip. We have 5 children and we live right outside of Madison, MS. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a love for all things “homey” from decorating, simplifying, remodeling, organizing and simply turning a house into a "Home Sweet Home." My passion is helping families live the life they long for in the interior of their hearts and homes. It all requires thought, planning and work that Rip and I both love to do! But if there is anything at all I can do to help you and your home life, please reach out to me. Nothing would thrill me more than to inspire YOUR heart and home!

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