BIG IDEA: Jesus' presence brings JOY to the world!
History of Joy:
Joy was always there in God
Nehemiah 8:10 … for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence...
Joy came for all through Jesus
John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness...
Joy is possible for you
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice.
What is Joy?
---Happiness is a feeling, but Joy is a divine perspective.
---Joy is a divine perspective on life that comes by way of His presence.
Real joy — a fruit of the Holy Spirit — is a supernatural perspective we experience with God. It’s the soul-deep assurance that helps us to face whatever comes our way: cancer … bankruptcy … the end of our marriage … COVID-19 fears/frustrations … because we know that Jesus is in with us.
It was not that joy solved all of my problems, but it brought a reassurance of the presence of God.
Will you receive the JOY of the Lord?
--Acknowledge you need of God love
--Believe that Jesus came for you
--Commit to allow the Spirit to lead you