My First Podcast
March 28, 2016
Elevate: The Practice of Rejoicing
November 22, 2020
The question that has to be answered is do we create joy or receive joy?
The answer is both
How to create joy:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5
Philippians 4:4–5 ESV
2. We always have hope therefore rejoice.
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (ESV)
3. Believe it or not suffering isn’t always bad.
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3–5 ESV
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2–4 ESV
4. Rejoice because you belong to God
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10 ESV
19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:19–20 ESV
How to Receive joy
1. Allow God to fill you with Joy.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:13 ESV
2. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:22–24 ESV
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:17 ESV
3. Gather yourself in God’s presence.
11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 16:11 ESV
4. Why is it important to have joy?
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
Proverbs 15:13 ESV
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Pr 17:22 ESV
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
Proverbs 12:25 ESV
Why is it important to have joy–it is for your health, physical and mental.
Thoughts to ponder:
Connection prayer: Thank you Lord that You want me to have joy in my life. I now, with what faith I have, confess that you, Jesus, died on the cross for my sins, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. I take you as my Savior, Lord, and Leader. Please forgive my sins and thank you for my forgiveness. Help me to follow you all the days of my life. Amen
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