Reflecting on that discouraged feeling in relation to the new year, I was reminded of a sermon a former pastor, Robert Sponable, preached on the first Sunday of a new year back in the early 1990's. I can't remember the complete title of his message but it had the words, JOY-ROBBERS in it and I can remember bits and pieces of that particular message. I don't remember most but
Categories mentioned in Pastor Sponable's message that cause us to be robbed of our joy were Circumstances, People, Things and others I might not be able to bring to mind. In recent days I've been reminded not only of that message from many years ago but of something I later wrote in a personal journal when I was first diagnosed with a debilitaing disease that led to more auto-immunne diseases and syndromes.
Please understand that I wrote the following several years ago and didn't intend other's eyes would be seeing it. I believe it's time to share that particular day's entry.
As unusual as it is that I remembered Pastor Sponable's message from my past, it's just as unusual for me to remember what I journaled later in 1995. Therefore, I'm convinced those two things were meant to be used by God to keep me from losing perspective and a testimony of His enduring mercy and love. He's been there every single day of this journey. I've had some days I ranted and raved (hate to admit that) and days of unparalleled happiness and content. I was housebound from mid 2000 through early 2008 except to go to doctor/medical appointments.
That may change again and I'd like to think I will have the same attitude regardless of my physcial condition.
God has allowed me to bring a novel I wrote many years ago out of storage and I'm hoping I can get it polished and published this year as I believe He's called me to do, BUT more than my desire to carry that out I'm more concerned about keeping those Dasterdly D's of the Devil from changing my course and keeping those Joy-Robbers Jailed.
READ: 2 Corinthians 10:4&5
". . .for the weapons of our warfare are not flesh, but divinely
powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying
speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the know-
ledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the
obedience of Christ."
Joyfully jailing those Joy-Robbers today!