Too many times we underestimate the significance of the enemies attacks. Sometimes we just accept things and try to go on with life, not realizing that the enemy, in efforts to hinder our lives, has done something strategic. If you have ever had any contact with the devil, then he has undoubtedly stolen something from you at one time or another.
John 10:10 (KJV)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
We know that the thief He is referring to is satan. Since satan is a thief by nature, he steals. That’s the nature of a thief. If Jesus tells us in His Word to watch out for satan because He is a thief, we shouldn’t be surprised if after letting him in our life to some degree, we end up getting robbed of something valuable to us. One thing that satan is after in the lives of every believer is their joy.
According to Galatians 5:22, joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Of all the fruits of the Spirit of God, joy is the most important for an overcomer. When the fruit of joy is developed in the life of a believer, they will overcome the enemy. Knowing the power that joy has in the life of a believer, satan does everything in his power to steal it. One way that satan attacks believers is through affliction and persecution. If that doesn’t work, he attacks their material and physical possessions. He will attack their cars, their finances, or their physical bodies.
As believers, we need to realize something about healing and divine health. Many people are struggling with healing because they see healing as something to be attained, something “out there somewhere” which they are trying to get. But, in reality, healing is not “out there somewhere.” As far as God is concerned, we already have healing. It was given to us through the work of the Cross. Divine health is something we already possess. When symptoms occur, it is nothing more than a thief trying to steal the health that is already ours. In other words, divine health is not something we are trying to get from God; it’s something the devil is trying to take from us! The same is true when it comes to your joy.
“If satan can’t steal you joy, he can’t keep your goods.” – Jerry Savelle
Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV)
…the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10 (AMP)
…the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
Nehemiah 8:10 (Good News Translation)
…The joy that the Lord gives you will make you strong.
Satan is after your joy. He especially likes to use the “little things” to steal our joy, such as: your car won’t start, your hair isn’t looking right, a husband and wife start fussing, and the list goes on. The devil knows that if he can get your joy, even over something “little,” he can steal your strength. If you have no strength, you can’t resist the devil. If you can’t resist the devil, he won’t flee. We have to learn to laugh. If we can laugh at the devil, we can overcome him every time. LOL is not something you text someone, it’s something you do.
Faith, that laughs at impossibilities, and cries, “It shall be done!”
– Smith Wigglesworth
Genesis 1:26 says that we are created in the image and reflection of God Himself. If we are created to reflect God, we need to see a picture of what He is doing right now.
Psalm 2:4 (KJV)
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
(AMP) He Who sits in the heavens laughs…
(MSG) Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing.
(TLB) But God in heaven merely laughs! He is amused by all their puny plans.
(Knox) He who dwells in heaven is laughing at their threats.
God doesn’t just do things for no apparent reason. If God is who we are made in the image of, and made to reflect, we need to learn to laugh more so that we look more like Him.
Job 5:22 (AMP)
At destruction and famine you shall laugh…
When you know the devil has stolen something from you, it is very easy to get discouraged and allow your joy to depart from you. Right at that moment, when you don’t have any joy, you have no resistance to the attack. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. If he can’t get your joy, HE CAN’T KEEP WHAT HE STOLE FROM YOU! Do you want back what has been stolen from you?
Jeremiah 33:11 (KJV)
The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
When would praise be a sacrifice? When you don’t feel like it! When the devil has just attacked you! God is basically saying, “If you’ll maintain joy no matter what the devil brings against you, I’ll return your goods!” He doesn’t stop there. God has a certain way that He wants it returned.
Proverbs 6:31 (AMP)
But if he is found out, he must restore seven times [what he stole]; he must give the whole substance of his house [if necessary–to meet his fine].
God is saying, “I’ll not only get it back to you, I’ll make him pay it back seven times!” That is, if we don’t let the devil get our joy. Your joy causes a spiritually magnetic pull on what has been stolen from you. Your joy will cause things to come back home. Joy is a spiritual thing. It can and should be used concerning spiritual matters. Never fight the enemy with natural weapons. Never show up with a knife to a gunfight.
I once heard of a basketball coach that was so mad at his team during halftime. They had played such a horrible game and displayed poor performance across the board. On his way to the locker room, the Holy Spirit spoke to him and said, “Don’t yell at them. Simply laugh at the first half.” This coach did just that. He and his team began to reflect on all their mistakes in the first half of the game. They began to laugh at one another, and soon, they all forgot about their disappointments because joy had taken over.
I don’t know what the game has looked like for you so far, but there is another half to be played. You need to laugh at the first half. If satan can keep you from laughing, he can keep you from winning the game. It does not matter your situation or location, joy works for everyone.
“Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.”
The next time devil comes at you, you need to LOL! The next time you turn around and realize something has been stolen from you, you need to LOL! In order to take back what has been stolen from you, you have to start with taking back your joy.