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GOD INSPIRED JOY

Date: 
July 15, 2018
Speaker: 
Rev. Terry Martinson
Reading: 
PHILIPPIANS 4:1-9

THEME:  Joy comes from knowing and trusting God.

 

INTRODUCTION

  • Two weeks ago the sermon focused on FAITH… last week’s sermon focused on FORGIVENESS… today the focus is JOY
  • Asking people what they want from life gets the same answer, “I just want to be happy!”
  • Happiness means different things to different people…
  • From You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Happiness is finding a pencil… Pizza with Sausage… Telling the time

Happiness is learning to whistle… Tying your shoe for the very first time…

Happiness is playing the drum in your own school band

And happiness is walking hand in hand

Happiness is 2 kinds of ice cream… Knowing a secret… Climbing a tree

Happiness is 5 different crayons… catching a firefly… setting him free… … ….

Happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.

  • There are lots of things that might make you happy, but what fills you with joy?
  • Joy and happiness are not the same thing…
  • joy is a much deeper experience than happiness…
  • joy defeats discouragement… happiness only covers it up… <Effiom>
  • joy is lasting… happiness is temporary…
  • the word happiness is derived from the Latin word hap from which we also get the words happening and haphazard… it refers to what’s going on around us…
  • Our happiness depends upon what’s going on around us… our happiness is dependent upon something or someone outside of ourselves… joy comes from within…

 

  • It’s not easy to be happy today… it’s so easy to get discouraged or depressed by all that is happening in the world today… 

 

 

  • As promised, I’m inviting you to participate in this morning’s sermon… my question to you is this: WHAT IS THE TRUE SOURCE OF JOY IN YOUR LIFE?    WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?

 

I – JOY

  • Joy is one of the great themes of scripture, especially in the New Testament…
  • The joy found in scripture has nothing to do with material things, with outward circumstances, or with what’s happening… it is independent of all things on earth.
  • Joy in scripture comes from our relationship with God…
  • Joy comes from knowing and trusting God…
  • Joy comes from having the Spirit of God living within you… the smile of God living in your heart…
  • Joy is the assurance that God is with you and in you in all circumstances and knowing that God is in control and will take care of you.   <Marquart>
  • For the Christian, joy comes from being grounded in Jesus Christ and knowing that nothing can take that joy away … when our lives are intertwined with his, Christ helps us to walk through adversity without sinking to the depths…
  • Joy connects us to that which is much Greater than we are... that which can sustain us in all circumstances…
  • The Apostle Paul demonstrates to us that “our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outward circumstances.”  <LABC>
    • One can be joyful in unhappy circumstances… one can be unhappy and joyful at the same moment…
    • Paul’s letter to the Philippians was written from his prison cell… death was not far from Paul…
    • Yet Paul is filled with joy because he knows that no matter what happens to him, Christ is with him…
  • The true source of joy in Paul’s life was his faith in Jesus Christ and bringing people to Christ.

 

II – REJOICE

  • Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice”  (Philippians 4:4)
  • “Remember to rejoice!”  That’s Paul’s message to the church in Philippi…
  • The word “re-joice” means to go back again to the source of your joy… when you “re” something, you do it again… to re-visit or re-view something we go back to it…
  • “To rejoice in the Lord is to go back to him and to be surprised by the wonderful things you have through Jesus Christ: the forgiveness of your sins, the assurance of God’s help and love, the promise of victory over death…. We can rejoice in these things in the gleeful knowledge that, unlike the good things the world may give us, nobody can take God’s gifts away.” <Pietsch>
  • Pastor Stephen Pietsch, in a sermon about joy, tells the story of a woman in his congregation who is a living example of what the Apostle Paul is speaking about to the Philippians…
    • Carolyn was very unwell… heart trouble… poor immune system… an infection in her body that effects her lungs, skin, and eyes… Carolyn can hardly walk or see or do anything… she’s in pain… she doesn’t sleep well… she has great concerns about her future…
    • Carolyn does not have a happy life, but she has something else – she has a joyful life…
    • The joy comes not from the outward circumstances and conditions of her life, but from somewhere far deeper…
    • Carolyn’s joy comes from within - from her solid faith… from her deep, underlying relationship with Jesus Christ…
    • Carolyn notices all the wonderful gifts that God brings her day to day… she notices and receives these things with joy and delight, and she celebrates the richness of her life…
    • Carolyn rejoices in all God’s gifts, not the least of which is the promise of eternal life whenever it is that this life reaches its limits.  <Pietsch>

CONCLUSION

  • Rejoice in the Lord always – always!
  • Believers will often encounter situations in life in which they cannot be happy, but they can

always rejoice in the Lord…

  • There is joy to be had and rejoicing to be done in every part of life because God’s gifts and God’s love are everywhere… that is what Carolyn would tell us… that is what Paul would tell us… that is what Jesus Christ would tell us…
  • Rejoice in the Lord always, for this is what God has created each one of us to do… God has made us creatures of joy…

Sermon Seeds

Daily Study Bible – Philippians – William Barclay         

Life Application Bible Commentary (Philippians) – Tyndale

Remember To Rejoice – a sermon by Stephen Pietsch – Ringwood Knox Lutheran Parish

Secret of Joy And Happiness – an article by Edet B. Effiom

Happiness or Joy? – an article from: www.lessons4living.com/joy.htm

True Joy Vs. Temporary Happiness – a sermon by Edward F. Markquart

 

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