a. Anxiety- though the bible says not to worry in Matthew 6 many of us allow this culprit to walk off with our treasured joy.
b. Angry Words-Strife divides friends, and that gives room to the JoyThief
c. Discontentment- It is impossible to hang on to joy when you haven't learned to be content Phil 4
d. Jealousy-All that inner turmoil, even if it never surfaces, kills your joy. Love is not jealous 1 Cor 13
e. Unforgiveness- This causes our joy to be swallowed up and pilfered because we are too occupied with business that should be forgiven. Mark 11
f. Legalism- Binding ourselves to religious and unbiblical expectations and traditions kills joy Gal 5.1
g. Busy-ness- Overcrowding your schedule is like leaving the door opn for the thief...
h. Family Strife-make peace and you will find that your joy is restored.
i. Clutter- you don''t have to be fastidious, just clean, to protect your joy
j. Over-thinking- Think it through, make a decision, let it go. Joy always looks forward...
k. Over emotionalism- If you are lead by your emotions you will find every emotion available to you except joy!
l. Fear- the twin of anxiety, fear demands a full heightened response, and therefore rips off the joy. Fear Not!
m. Prayerlessness- Joy comes from God. nuf said!
n. Failure in Temptation-Guilt, both real and percieved, stifles joy. bring your guilt to God, go and sin no more!\
I suppose there are more but this list is a good beginning check list to find out where your joy went!