An incidence happened in the church at Corinth where a man was having an affair with his father’s wife. Paul was furious at the reaction of the church towards him and asked for him to be disciplined in his first epistle to them. However, in his second epistle to them, he asked them to forgive him and bring him back into the fold so that he won’t be overtaken by too much sorrow because he is conscious of the devices of the devil.
Paul identified sorrow here, as a weapon of the devil and he also said that we are not meant to be ignorant of the devices of the devil. Sorrow is a weapon in the hand of the devil and he has used it to wreck a lot of lives. Suicidal thoughts come of the wings of sorrow and it has yielded many results in the world.
To counter sorrow, our Lord gave us a weapon: Joy! We must be aware of the devices of the enemy and also the weapons of our warfare. Joy is not just a feeling or what shows on our face, it is a weapon of war! So many times, we don’t know what to do because the devil has blocked our way with sorrow and we cannot reach the counsel of God. He brings thoughts that turns our mind into a chaotic house.
At times like that, it is Joy that we need to break through the thoughts and reach the counsel of God for us. Joy is very important to our life as believers as it is a source of strength to us. Even God oozes out Joy for us to be strong for the Joy of the Lord is our strength.
James said we should count it all joy when we fall into diverse trials. Isaiah said with Joy, we will draw from the wells of salvation. Paul said the kingdom of God is in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost! If the devil can take away your joy, he has won! So, guard your loins and let out shouts and screams of Joy! Break the barriers and launch into the solution that God has made available for you.