I understand it is quite a challenge to be a happy, positive person in this world controlled by the rulers of darkness. But this is not a valid excuse because Jesus has overcome the world. Whatever you focus on will impact your attitude. Are you looking at the works of darkness or the works of Christ? We will become whatsoever we lend ourselves to, we have a choice. We are not married to the projection and influence of this fallen world.
John 16:22 When you see Me (Jesus) your heart will rejoice, and your joy no man can take from you.
Psalm 16:11 In your presence is fullness of joy.
Joy is a supernatural impartation that can only come from God and no man can take it from us. Joy is a more powerful component than sorrow, it always searches for the best of everything. The disciples were sullen and abandoned when Jesus died, but when He appeared to then they had joy once again. He told then He would suffer many things and rise again but they did not believe Him. If they would have believed Him, then even His death could not rob their joy from them! Joy is the result of believing what you cannot see and those who cannot see cannot take your joy from you.
Psalm 35:23 Stir up thyself, and awake to My judgement, even unto My cause.
Many years ago the Lord told me how to stir up myself, He said just put everything in perspective. The world tells us that we must conform to their brand of thinkin, we must believe we are changing the climate and we will all burn up. But the Word tells us that Jesus is coming back for a glorious church, and not because we are in danger of fire. He is coming back when the Father sends Him, not to save us from the planet but to save us from our sins. When our sins were forgiven and washed away, that is the basis for our joy. The joy of the Lord is bound up in His Word, when we receive the Word we receive His joy. Believers who have no joy have not accepted the Word entirely. Let’s put things in perspective so you can stir up the joy that can come from God alone. Your sins have been expunged and forgotten. Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit have come to make their abode with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is with you every day of the world until He calls you up to Heaven to live for all eternity. No matter what the principalities and powers throw at you, they cannot change your position in Christ Jesus.
Mathew 5:18 God‘s Word is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after the stars burn out and earth wears out, God‘s Word will be alive and working.
God’s Word is everlasting, so our joy is everlasting. Don’t let the devil convince you that you must be forsaken along with the world’s membership. The reason God ordained the new testament church of Jesus Christ is so we would have a place to go to get our joy refreshed. If we are subjected to the ways of the world for long periods of time, it puts a demand on our joy and it tries to weaken it. When Jesus was born, the angel told the shepherds that He had good tiding of great joy. Jesus brought great joy and He sent the Comforter to take His place, now the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of great joy.