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If you are facing trying times and want to feel the presence of God's healing power instead of discouragement, argue with yourself that you can know the joy God is giving you right now. 8:10), because joy in our inward being irresistibly calls forth joy in the outer world. Sermon Outline: Embrace joy by grounding your hope in Christ (vv. It is grounded in the substantial and viable Christ. But the real emphasis? Knowing that Janet had a gift for him, however, he decided to wait. In Christ lies our confidence in a hope that cannot be taken; Our hope has been fulfilled and realized already! For us too, it may mean that we are ridiculed for our faith, but it may also mean that we have to live through loss, suffering and evil to more fully realize the joy of the Lord. Charles Spurgeon, when talking about this joy, said it well, “There is a marvelous medicinal power in joy. God offers the invitation, and waits. Holy joy will beautify you and give you an influence over the lives of others.”. A member of my family was very ill, and I was afraid for him. The students were asked to read Liam Callanan's first novel The Cloud Atlas. Residents of the area, they had been to the top of the mountain, and were now returning. But a question needs to be asked. On the evening of May 24, 2007, Susan Spence took a seat in the back of the auditorium, and she watched as Sumner wheeled himself across the platform to receive his Associate of Arts degree. We can have this same response as Job — though sorrow may be the path I walk on, my hope is in you, Lord.Which leads to this truth: Our joy in the present should be rooted in the promise of eternal joy and victory in Christ. He was referring to their simple strategy: We run best at the end. Because they returned home, the city was rebuilt, the Temple was restored, and the stage was set for the eventual arrival of the Messiah. ( let me say it another way, the joy of lord makes you unsinkable) We always have it. I want to start back at verse 14. Don't give up on the patience meter. Sumner's mom was not aware an electronic version of the novel existed, so she re-typed the entire book into their home computer. And we run best at the end of the season, when it counts the most. But God will never, ever, ever, force a person to come home. Once again, He is reminding them what he said in 13:31, 33 — A little while I am with youbut then I will be taken, and the Son of man will have to be glorified (speaking of the Cross). This kind of joy changes our perspective on the past and present while giving us the fortitude and influence we need for the future. And it wasn't too long afterward that he began to feel better, too. The End of Anxiety — One in Five people deal with crippling anxiety on a regular basis and all of us deal with it at some level from time-to-time. Please see below for details. [guy holding a phone]. How often do we let the drudgery of this life DEFINE us? 11:28). This message will appear once per week And as hard as this is to comprehend, if you love your children, love God more. [theme] I’ve entitled my sermon Today “The Promise of Perpetual Joy.”. I want to help you find and follow Jesus by providing authentic, biblical perspectives on Christian living, marriage, parenting, pastoring, and biblical counseling. And as they followed the instructions to celebrate, they got the hang of the songs. Please open your Bible with me to John 16:16-24 on page 902. Do you feel discouraged? Illustration: When Sumner Spence expressed his desire to attend college, many people scoffed because he suffers from cerebral palsy. Though we had trained for the hike, we had trained on the flat lands of our community. “Come to me all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…” (Mt. Or perhaps it's nutrition that is your thing. Celebrate the fact that true joy in Christ is irrevocable and continual (vv. Interview with Caris Snider. You can let this spiritual sense be yours, instead of thoughts of discouragement or despair. This is a daily surrender to Christ and commitment to His Word. Stop looking for joy in temporary circumstances and find it in the timeless Savior (v. 16). Climbing mountains is extremely difficult! — Josh and his artist brother, Jake, have been brewing espresso and pouring latte art for over a decade. Read Colossians 3, Re-read John 16, read Philippians — preach the Gospel to yourself daily. For example, they place a coach at the 2-mile mark (of a 3.1-mile race) to collect data as the runners go past. Then the coaches calculate not how fast the runners go, but how many competitors they pass at the end of the race, from mile two to the finish. The Lord's strength is unlimited, and forever strong. I like to say it this way: ( joy is bounce back power) = Get back up power (Pro 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times and riseth again) he gets back up. 14-16). Don't quit! Maybe your goal is to join a gym and get in shape. She said her minister must have had a hard week, because after he read it he banged the pulpit and then turned his back to them and cried. [24] Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Sooner or later, you'll reach the point where your hard work during lean times will pay off. If any one of the folks had tried to do his or her work on the wall alone, they'd have never made it. You can also follow along in the Grace Chapel app and take notes on the back of the bulletin. The dramatic change in elevation wore us down quickly. The history behind the 70-year exile is very important here. Honest to God — Honesty with God is a key to transformation. God will go to extreme measures to make sure a person hears the invitation. The other commuting passenger said, “I see you in the morning and you are not limping and at the end of each day, you get on the bus with a limp. In a tough race? Spirit is another name for God. It doesn't really come naturally to anyone. We were exhausted, and fresh graduates of an old-school lesson: Even in tough times, you simply can't give up! Here's the money! And we're forever in the presence of God. Your fleeting circumstances do not offer the enteral hope I am for you. Doctors read reports that spell out very bad news. the JOY of the Lord is your strength.the joy of the Lord is YOUR strength.the joy of the Lord is your STRENGTH. Celebrate the fact that true joy in Christ is irrevocable and continual (vv. The focus of the Holy Spirit is Christ, and His agenda is to make that our focus.By doing so, we gain perpetual joy and peace. Pray your Bible. Practically, that means you'll put God first, in all things. As long as you have the joy of the Lord no matter how hard the devil hits you, you will bounce back and be stronger than ever. ), Download a free PDF sermon manuscript | PDF. God waits like a just king who gives commands to his subjects, and expects obedience. The Holy Spirit is glorifying Christ, and Christ is glorifying the Father and in all ways the reality of God’s Character is being ushered into our daily lives by the Holy Spirit. Let’s encounter God through His Word. Joy in the Lord is often most realized when the pressures of this world squeeze us to the point of pain. Nehemiah gave the theory of joy. Every Valentine's Day, Tedd proposed to her. Would you like to learn to play the piano? We run best at the end of workouts. Joy is part of God's kingdom. [relv] Many Christians do not have a firm grasp on the nature of Christian hope, holding to vague beliefs of a ghostly quality of life after death. I felt sure that all was well with this family member, because the joy that came to my thought showed me that we were safe in the presence of God. Each evening she would enter the lecture notes into a special computer program whose digital voice read the notes back to Sumner as he studied. So, our joy is knowing that no matter what comes our way - whether it's personal hardship for us or our family - or maybe just the routine ups and downs and good times and bad times and plenty of strength times and exhaustion times - through it all, we have a relationship with a God whose strength is overwhelming and limitless. ", (John Ortberg and Ruth Haley, An Ordinary Day with Jesus (Zondervan, 2001), p. 122; submitted by Dave Slagle, Lawrenceville, Georgia.). Our second source of Joy in Christ is the blessing of Answered prayer— He hears us from heaven. It appeared we were about halfway to our first camping site, but that seemed to be impossible. log out. The suffering and pain of this world is nothing more than birthing pains for the eternal joy we will have with Him, forever. We must “rejuvenate a living hope rooted in the ‘hot memory of God’s engagement with the world in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.”[ii]Does it mean we can’t engage in cool memory of disposable moments in the past or present? "So, if I'm hurting bad, then my competitors must hurt a whole lot worse! The concluded that media, along with the advancement of technology and medicine, were teaching us to see the end of life as a regrettable rather than a passage to the promised better future. "Oh, it's a little ways on up the hill," one of them said. God will paint the picture. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. subscription yet. But friends, if your faith is in Christ and the Holy Spirit is in you, then you can rest assured that God will hear your prayers. We don't work any harder than other teams. You've got a job like that? In a tough race? He gives us Two primary sources of joy in Christ: In other words, our home is not here. Don't quit! It tells us that real joy comes from God and is ours forever. In that moment I became free of fear for this individual. "How far is it to the top?" You'll have to start out as a rookie, learn the basics, and then practice. Volf and Katerberg in their book The Future of Hope explain that there are two types of memories that shape us — “Hot Culture Memories” and “Cool Culture Memories.”Hot culture memories are those which are profound and have the ability to transform us; these are things such as that we are all created equal, there is a God who loves us, and human life is to be valued. Yeah, neither did the disciples, so they started mumbling about it to one another — verse 17: [17] So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” [18] So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? Customer Service Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Monday - Friday Phone: (800) 458-2772. A baby smiles, or laughs, and every adult who sees it smiles and laughs in return. Taking notes in a classroom would be out of the question. As it is with a musical instrument, it is with joy. I’ve lived long enough and counseled long enough to know that some of the most painful things in life can show us the deep end of God’s joy like nothing else. For the next two weeks, we are going to talk about overcoming worry and anxiety by reminding ourselves where our hope has its foundation.

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