“Where is the Joy?” by Dennis Dudley

Men’s Prayer Group—November 12, 2013

WHERE’S THE JOY?

John 15:11(10a)

While teaching on the vine and the branches, Jesus said,

“I have told you (if you obey my commands, you will remain in my love) so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

 Christian Joy!

  • Enjoying our relationship with Christ (love = trust = joy)
  • A state of delight and well-being that results from knowing and serving God
  • A state of mind and an orientation of the heart that places Jesus Christ at the center of our life
  • A settled state of contentment, confidence and hope
  • A fruit of a right relationship with God
  • Is in direct proportion with our walk with the Lord
  • It transcends troubles, persecution, suffering, and even death
  • Looks beyond the present to our future salvation; to our sovereign God who works out all things for our ultimate good; and, is possible even in the midst of sorrow
  • From the Dictionary of Bible Themes, the church is to rejoice in the salvation brought about by Jesus Christ’s faithful life and death, and be the power of his resurrection.  Even in adversity, believers know the joy of Jesus Christ.

 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submitted to us in your name.”  He replied . . . “do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  Luke 10:17,18,20

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit . . . Luke 10:21

  • According to Matthew Henry, “ Jesus stirred up himself to rejoice; for, as thankful praise is the genuine language of holy joy . . .”

Jesus said, Rejoice in (the day you suffer the world’s ill will) and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.”  Luke 6:22-23

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pray for a full measure of the joy promised in God’s Word.  Call on the Holy Spirit to fill you with joy as Jesus was Give thanks and keep your joy in all circumstances.  Do not settle for just some joy but pray for exceedingly abundant joy for self and others

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