Do you feel sad, hopeless, worthless, or do not enjoy life? If you do, then you need healing for past and present joy issues. In fact, the negative behaviors listed below create offenses in your heart, that impairs your ability to feel joy and love others well. For a better understanding, read the following post: 12 JOY Stealers
Ask God to remove the spirit of pride and any deceptive spirits that would keep you from humbling yourself and hearing from Him. Also, repent of known sins so your prayers are not blocked. All your prayers should include “In Jesus’ name” because John 14:14 says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
For each negative behavior described below, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the following things: (Write in your journal what He shows you. Be patient, you may have to wait until a picture or word comes to your mind.)
- Related painful memory
- past or present
- your sin or another person’s unloving behavior
- Unhealthy beliefs.
- Word curses or vows.
- Your sinful reactions to the painful event that upset someone.
- Family history.
- Related painful memory
Recall the earliest or strongest memory of a time when you felt the same emotion(s) for each of the negative behaviors in the fruit focuses. It may be a memory of a general time period (i.e. birth, toddler, elementary, teens, etc.) or situation (i.e. death, sickness, divorce, etc.) in your life instead of one specific incident or actual event. Identify what is important about the time period or ongoing situation. List all the beliefs and any new feelings associated with that memory.
If you are angry at God for what happened, confess it and ask Him to take your angry emotions and resentment from you. I was angry at God and He still loved me, and He still loves you.
Sadness: sorrow about the loss of love, honor, respect, innocence, and not being accepted. Feeling dejection, which is a low spirit of depression and discouragement.
Depression: brooding on one’s problems; internalized anger
Loneliness: feeling alone or isolated
Apathy: the absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement (I don’t care attitude)
Despair: a loss of hope
Discouragement: having no courage, confidence, or hope
Grief: a great mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss
Hopelessness: you do not expect a favorable outcome
Despondency: being in very low spirits due to a loss of hope and a sense of futility about continuing one’s efforts
Misery: a condition of great suffering because of pain, poverty, etc.; distress
Inferiority: feeling below average; low status, rank, etc.
Worthlessness: feeling you don’t have worth; of no use, importance, or value
Complaining attitude: to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; finding fault
Loose unhealthy beliefs and lies that God showed you, then bind in a healthy or true belief. For example, if your unhealthy is, “I am hopeless.” “I am worthless.” “Life is hopeless.” “There is no joy for me,” bind on truth such as, “I can hope in God, and He gives me worth because I am made in His image.”
Pray the example prayer below for each issue the Holy Spirit reveals. As you pray, breathe deeply to release emotional stress and remain focused on the Holy Spirit’s leading. This prayer is not a formula but a guide. Fill in the blanks with the specific facts the Holy Spirit shows you. Writing out this prayer model helps you focus on the Holy Spirit’s presence, which will reveal other false/unhealthy beliefs or memories for the issue being healed.
If the issue you are dealing with is an offense from another person’s sin or weakness then pray from your heart:
Dear Lord, I forgive _(person’s name)_ for _(offense)_. I loose the related resentment and the power it has over me, in Jesus’ name. Forgive me. Lord, for _(sinful response to issue)_ and remove my guilt, in Jesus’ name.
Lord, thank You for helping me by Your grace and power to overcome the negative heart issue of ___. By the authority of Jesus Christ, I loose and remove all oppressive spirits and negative emotions attached to the memory of ____, in Jesus’ name. By Your power and authority, I loose every related wrong thinking and unhealthy belief(s) of ____, in Jesus’ name. I bind to my mind, heart, and soul the following truths (from God’s Word):____.
Lord, I am thankful for how You _(protected, rescued, helped, provided for, guided, or comforted)_ me in this painful time in my life. Replace this painful memory with the vision of You loving me. (Take a moment and see God comforting you in your memory.)
Lord, loose and remove all generational sins, curses, or dysfunctions related to the issue of ___. Break exposed soul ties, word curses, and vows of ___. Destroy all evil spirit attachments to _(negative issue)_, in Jesus’ name, and thank You for healing my soul and prospering me (3John 2). Amen
After you have prayed the prayer model, think about the issue again, and rate your discomfort from 0 to 10. If there isn’t an improvement, then ask the Holy Spirit to show you other facets of the issue that also needs healing. Wait for a word, thought, feeling, or vision. List all the beliefs and any additional feelings associated with that memory.
JOY IS… Pray and put on all the following attributes and truths to your mind and heart:
Gladness: happy; pleased
Gratefulness: feeling thankful, appreciation
Great pleasure: enjoyment, delight, satisfaction
Delighted for what Christ has done for me
Rejoicing: attitude or expressions of joy or gladness
Worship: for God’s goodness and faithful love
I choose to stay focused on God and receive His love and joy. John 17:13; 15:11
I choose to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and be thankful in every circumstance because this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes. 5:16-18
The God of hope fills me with joy and peace as I believe so I will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 15:13; 5:3-5
The joy of the Lord is my strength. Neh. 8:10
Being in the presence of God through prayer and praise gives me joy. And, He leads me down the path of life and abundance. Ps. 16:11
Nothing has power over me unless I allow it. I choose to rejoice always and not be anxious about anything but continually give my concerns to God. Phil. 4:4-7
Joy is knowing that even the demons are subject to Jesus’s name, and I am protected from evil. Luke 10:17; 1 Jn. 5:18; Jn. 17:15; 2 Thes. 3:3
I find joy in believing the truths of the Word of God. John 15:11; Mk. 4:16
I can have joy despite my circumstances, knowing happiness depends on circumstances. I can be thankful even when life is hard because I am becoming complete and lacking nothing. James 1:2-3
A joyful heart is good medicine, and I will focus on God and not my circumstances. Prov. 17:22
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