It is true that
…where sin increased grace increased all the more (Romans 5:20).
That did not mean
…shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? (Romans 6:1)
God takes away my joy so I will admit my sin in repentance, be forgiven and have restored joy. This descent continued for three years. Yes, I confessed some sins during those years, but my state was gradually down hill.
This is really a 6-step event. The first thing I do is sin, disobey. The second thing is I get disciplined. The third thing is I lose my joy. Now God takes away my joy by discipline when I sin, in order to get my attention so I will confess and repent, be forgiven and have joy again.
Well, my joy started down, not …