What is keeping you from peace and joy?

If you want to list only a few words, here are some top contenders:

  • Drama
  • Spirit of Offense
  • Jealously
  • Fear
  • Anxiety

If you can recognize and remove these emotions, you can open the door to a life of peace and joy. You need to discover where in your life you allow these thieves to enter.  The words in this list can control your thoughts, your actions and keep you in bondage of darkness and hopelessness.

People want a life of contentment and happiness, but you cannot find that which is light if you do not remove the blindfold.  You can not change your emotions about things that “interfere” with peace and joy unless you take any thoughts captive that feed off the words in the list above. To take a thought captive is just a fancy way of saying – to gain control over what you think about yourself and life.

If you have not acquired a firm transformational relationship with God, you will continue to process things, and circumstances, around you from the view of the world. Even when handed the keys to peace and joy, you will not be able to see past the drama, the offense…until you recalibrate your mindset.

Without a Biblical perspective controlling your thoughts, your heart, and your eyes, you are unable to see how to escape.  You can look right into the light even with the blindfold off, but you still wear the dark glasses of deception. Therefore, you cannot recognize, or give credence to the fact that things can change.

This list of top contenders can all become a well-rehearsed drama in the lives of many. Creating a friction, an uneasiness that often either breaks up friendships or prevents them from forming.

When offense takes root, the first place it’s coming after is your mind. If offense can attach itself to your thoughts, it owns your ability to process understanding. The moment offense attaches itself to your mind, the ability to have clarity and peace is diminished, as everything now becomes about feeding every thought that is only directed at the hurt through offense.

The moment that offense attaches itself to your heart, everything you do becomes toxic and dangerous. The same goes for jealousy fear and anxiety.


You cannot look at life based on past failures and let that determine your future.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. (Mark 6:33-34)

This is referring to worldly concerns like worry and anxiety, drama, hurt feelings, those things that are the opposite of joy. Such as depression, misery, sadness, unhappiness, discouragement… where you experience anger, hopelessness, feelings of ill will.

You can retrain your mind to focus on that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

 We are made in His image. God is not stressed, so why are you?

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Have You Had Enough? by Ron Clark

Throughout our lives, resentment, anger, worry, fear, and stress led us to react in ways that caused chaos in our emotions and relationships.  We hoped that controlling everything and everybody would protect us emotionally and physically. It didn’t.

And oddly enough, no matter the result, we reacted the same way each time. And surprise, we had the same horrible results.

I can remember as a kid, window shopping on a chilly evening with my grandfather.  We came to a hardware store and the lights were turned off making it difficult to see in the window.  My grandfather leaned over close to the window, trying to see and touched his nose to the cold window.  He jumped back and then leaned over and touched his nose to the cold glass again. 

Yep, the same result: He jumped back again.

As funny as that was to see, that behavior is an example of insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result each time.  Don’t worry; we’re not talking about being crazy, we’re talking about bad decision making. This begs the question, have we had enough of the results to make positive changes in our behavior?

Only you can answer that question, but I can show you some things from the Bible that will help you change your actions and decisions.  First, you must know the truth and Jesus makes it clear, “I am the way and the truth and the life,” (John 14:6).  You must believe that Jesus is the only power able to restore us to sanity, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.  (Philippians 2:13)

If you’re one of those who say, “Life’s ok, it’s people I can’t stand.  They just don’t act the way they should or (truth be told) the way I want them to act.

Think about what Romans 15:7 says. “Accept one another, then, for the glory of God, as Christ accepted you.”

Ouch!!  That one hurt. 

I felt it big time.  We must learn to have reasonable expectations of others and ourselves.  Stop relating to others in the same old ways.  Look to God through prayer and the study of His word to learn how He would have you relate to others.  If I may suggest a simple prayer, “Father teach me to accept others as they really are, not as I would have them be!”

Once you begin to accept others, it becomes easier to stop fixing the blame on them for all of our mistakes and hurts.

I know that many things just happen in life, but have you stopped to think that how you react can make matters worse. And contribute to your depression and bad decision making.  If you choose to forgive and love like Jesus, your attitude will change to become an attitude of gratitude and joy.  

I hope you noticed I didn’t say happiness.  Happiness is dependent upon circumstances.  Joy comes from living like Christ and unlike happiness, joy lasts for eternity.

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