This past weekend we looked at the secret of soul deep joy even when things are hard. Sometimes I think we miss joy because we are looking in the wrong place. Joy has a source. When your source of joy is more powerful than any circumstance your joy can endure through any circumstance.
WHAT IS JOY? It is the deep feeling of confident hope that comes when the priority focus of your heart is secure. Think about it. When the thing you value the most is doing well you have joy no matter what else is happening.
Ps 16:8 I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Choose Joy When God’s Work Moves Forward through Your Hardship.
Phil 1:12-14 “Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel…”
Paul rejoices that the gospel is spreading and changing lives through his imprisonment and calls others to embrace his attitude during such times as well. God really is able to work through our hardship!
GUT CHECK: If you had to choose between avoiding a serious hardship and making a greater impact for Christ what would you do?
Choose Joy When Jesus’ Message Spreads through Unwanted Rivals
Phil. 1:15-18 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife… 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.
God can use flawed people to advance his mission. He uses us doesn’t he? Paul doesn’t like the sinful attitude and spiritual immaturity of some who are competing with him. But he celebrates that the gospel is spreading even through such people.
GUT CHECK: How do you feel if another ministry takes off when yours is flat?
Choose Joy When God Leaves You to Serve When it Isn’t What You Wanted Most.
Phil. 1:21-26 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose…”
When we share Jesus’ heart for people we take joy in sacrificing for their ultimate benefit.
GUT CHECK: What is your source of joy? Really?
BOTTOM LINE: Attach your Joy to Jesus & His Mission Not to Your Immediate Condition.
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Heb 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;