JOY Issues

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

Read through the list below.  If any of the negative issues, unhealthy beliefs, or behaviors on this list evokes a negative emotion, go back to 5–Finding Painful Memories and Healing Issues to identify the related painful memories.

Identify unhealthy beliefs created by the painful memories, then pray and put them off. Be sure to loose/put off the oppressive energies and spirits attached to each painful memory.  It is helpful to keep a prayer journal to track your healing.

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

Loneliness: alone; isolated

Apathy: absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement (I don’t care attitude)

Despair: loss of hope

Discouragement:  having no courage, confidence, or hope

Grief:  a keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss

Hopelessness:  having no expectation of 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

Feeling Inferior:  below average; low status, rank, etc.

Feeling Worthless:  without worth; of no use, importance, or value

Complaining attitude:  to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault

Loose UNHEALTHY BELIEFS AND LIES—bind in opposite

I am hopeless.  I am worthless.  Life is hopeless.  There is no joy for me.  (Bind in: I can hope in God, and He gives me worth because I am made in His image.)

JOY ISPray and bind/put on all the following attributes and truths to your mind and heart:

Very glad:  happy; pleased

Grateful: feeling thankful appreciation

Great pleasure: enjoyment, delight, satisfaction

Delighted for what Christ has done for me

Rejoicing attitude: expression of joy or gladness


I choose to stay focused on God and receive His love and be filled with joy. John 17:13; John 15:11

I choose to rejoice always; pray without ceasing; and be thankful in every circumstance for 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; Rom. 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 be free and 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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