The journey to achieve joy while being single can be difficult to maintain but not impossible to acquire. This is all dependent with your walk with the Lord. Prayer and Fasting is not an option but becomes a necessity. Do not assume that the joy of the Lord as well as His strength can be acquired any other way.
2 Corinthians 2:11, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices".
Brethren, while you are waiting for the one that God has chosen you must be mentally prepared for the obstacles satan as well as your carnal flesh will throw your way. Once again I will reiterate that prayer and fasting is a necessity and not an option. During this journey of achieving joy you may experience many things such as: frustration, loneliness, anger, laughter, joy, depression and other emotional factors. This is a cleansing and battlefield that ole devil does not want you to win. Mental preparation is required to strengthen your resolve. Consecration is the goal. Here is a scripture to remind you of your worth and the reasons why:
1 Corinthian 6: 15-20, "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's".
Stay focused and remember it is not your body your are defiling but it is Christ that you disrespect. Do not let His purchase by blood be in vain. Take hold of your members! Please study this scripture, especially during the turbulent times. you must discipline your mind to run (and I do mean run) to Christ during any difficulty. I will reiterate that satan does not want you to succeed. Remember 2 Corin 2:11 do not be ignorant of his devices. His objective is to tarnish the image of God which you represent. This is why training and disciplining of your body and mind is crucial to succeed and experience the joy of the Lord.
Romans 12: 1-2, "I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and prefect will of God".
This scripture speaks of daily commitment to the discipline of your mind and do not do as the world does. In this generation sexual immorality has run rampant and keeping yourself unto the Lord does not come without struggles. Prayer and Fasting is not an option! This is your personal journey and honorship to the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not be a spectator of Righteousness ( holiness in action) but be a participator.
Brothers and Sisters, not everyone will understand your struggles. Not many have walked as you are now walking, so few will have a sympathetic ear. This is not to mean they do not care, but their journey was/is different from your own. Do not be angry (Ephesians 4:26-27) but learn to recognized that each individual has their own story you yourself might not be able to relate. Stand Strong! Temptations will arise you are not exempt. There is a proverb stating pride comes before a fall. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, recognize them.
MAY THE LORD KEEP YOU!!!
Romans 12: 1-2
James 1: 2-4
Hebrew 10: 35
Hebrew 11: 1-2, 6
Romans 8: 5-8
Philippians 3: 13-14
1 Peter 4: 12
1 John 2:15-16