According to Ephesians 1:3, we who have received Christ Jesus as our Savior have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Everything we will ever need for any situation, no matter how difficult or devasting, we already have. When we hear someone say, “I just don’t have any peace or joy in my life,” and you know this person is a believer in Christ, just remind them that they actually do have peace and joy but they have allowed the cares of the world to entangle them to such a degree that they have simply lost sight of what they have in Christ. The moment I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, I received His strength, His wisdom, His peace, His joy, His mind, and His heart. In a nutshell, I have received His Spirit! All of the fruit of His Spirit is in me, but I will not always allow it to manifest itself because my heart is not always fully yielded to Him. The moment I choose to respond to my circumstances by allowing the Holy Spirit to control my mind, my will, and my emotions, I will experience the peace and joy that comes from belonging to God. But when I choose to react to circumstances, allowing my flesh to have its way, that’s when the fruit of the Spirit is suppressed, and I don’t feel it. It’s always there, but I don’t always feel it because I don’t always yield my heart fully to the Lord and invite Him to take control of my heart.