Divine Disruption – Pt. 3 – Joy

Dave Riddle – 12/17/2017

Key Passages: Luke 2:10-11, John 15:11, John 16:20-22, Philippians 4:4, Galatians 5:22-23, Nehemiah 8:10

Good News of Great Joy

  • Luke 2:10

It is different than happiness

  • chairó (Greek: χαίρω) – rejoice, be glad.
  • Joy is more than happiness.
    • It’s a state of one’s soul.
    • It isn’t dependent on our circumstances.

It is a command

  • Philippians 4:4
    • “Always”
    • An imperative.

It’s a commitment

    • Colossians 3:2
    • phroneō (Greek: φρονω) – to direct one’s mind to a thing, to seek, to strive for.
    • “Choose joy!”

It becomes an orientation

  • Galatians 5:22
  • As we learn to obey the command to be joyful, the fruit of the Spirit is produced in us.

Realize a more joyful life by remembering…

…how you’re loved

  • John 3:16
  • Jeremiah 31:3
    • I have loved you with an everlasting love.

…who you are

  • You are a child of God!
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10

…what you have

  • 1 Peter 1:3-6
  • Not just the temporary things, but the eternal ones.

…where you’re heading

  • unlike anything we’ve experienced in this life.
  • Where we’re headed – there He is, because we are His!
  • John 15:11, 16:20-22

Joy is a permanent abiding fixture in the heart and soul of a follower of Jesus.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.