This is from a series of messages I taught last year leading up to Christmas. Most of us would like to have more joy in our lives, Jesus promised that we have joy but we don’t feel happy – what’s the problem?
“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” John 10
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” John 16
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15
What we have started learning:
Giving thanks to God is like opening the door for joy.
Is it giving thanks that brings us into Gods presence or is it his presence that brings thanksgiving into us? Either way, the result is joy. Psalm 100
Repentance is noticing that an enemy of joy has taken an improper place in our lives and telling God that you are sorry. Then throwing the enemy out (together).
Before we can repent, we need to feel sorry of relating sin rule our lives. All the enemies of joy are sin – you might not feel like it was your fault or your choice to let it in, but it’s there. You can feel sorrow for this and you can repent.
Repent: stopping and changing direction. It’s abrupt. And it makes room for joy.
Singing and songs are the number one way that joy is returned because thanksgiving is often a theme.
Night and day prayer might seem a little extreme, but the devil never sleeps. Disciplined and scheduled thanksgiving is like inviting Joy over for every meal. Eventually, she just sets up in the guest room.
Every time revival broke out in the Bible, 24/7 prayer and worship also started. (David, Hezekiah, Josiah, Nehemiah)
When Christ is preached, people hear and some believe and are filled with joy. So tell people about Jesus – to increase joy.
When a Christian serves the poor in love, the one who is served experiences joy and expresses thankfulness to God. So serve the poor in love – to increase joy.