PS Sheldon Phillips 23rd July 2017 ()Sheldon Phillips, July 23, 2017
Part of the Juice series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
"Complete Joy". Biblical joy doesn't mean having to "fake it until you make it". A deeper understanding of joy, how can I have more of it in my life.
Fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5 - Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy ... where did it come from? The idea of fruit is rich in biblical history. Metaphor - being fruitful and unfruitful. Isa 27:6 "Israel will bud and blossom and bear fruit". Isa 27:3. I the Lord watch over it. The gardner is God himself. God is a great gardener.
Psalm 1:1-3. ... he is like a tree planted, yields fruit in season. Being fruitful - God has always talked about it.
Rom 7:4. 2 Peter 1:8 - live lives that are fruitful.
God wants our lives to be fruitful. A metaphor - he wants us to be productive, to be producing. Image if God was producing in your life. How better your life would be! Allowing God to prune you and garden you. People are blessed when you are fruitful.
John 15:8 This for my father's glory, that you would bear much fruit. God gets the glory when you're life is going on track! God wants you to flourish and prosper. Fruitful in mind, will, emotions.
Joy - definition: rejoicing, gladness, pleasure. "A good feeling in the soul produced by the Holy Spirit" (John Piper)
John 15:9-11. What is your source of Joy? As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you... I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. Sometimes we try to get joy from things that don't last, based on emotions, circumstances. If we're basing our joy on that we will be disappointed. Joy is found in relationship with Jesus. He is our source of Joy. God wants to give and add to your life complete joy.
John 16:21-22 "... so with you, now is your time of grief, but I will see you again, and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy". God wants to give us joy that no-one will take away from us. Does that mean we will be happy all the time? No, but it wil not be based on something external, but based in the person of Jesus Christ in your life. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. It's not dependant on outside things. Therefore we can go through trials and not lose our joy.
James 1:2 - consider it pure joy when you endure trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Our source of joy has to be God, because unless it comes from God, how can we live in joy with others. We need to be plugged in to God.
Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always! Paul is in prison, saying this! Sometimes called the letter of joy. Not based on location or circumstance, but because of God.
Life will give us reasons not to rejoice. There are going to be times in our lives when we're going to be sad, but we have a promise that God will never leave us or forsake us. He is worthy and trustworthy.
1 Peter 1:3-9 Praise be to God, given us new birth, living hope, inheritance that can never perish, shielded by God's power, for a little a while you may suffer grief ...
John 16:23-24 Joy comes from a great prayer life. There is joy in his word
Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
If God wants us to live a joyful life, how do we do this?
John 15:1-8 I am the true vine. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to be more fruitful. Remain in me and I will remain in you ... this is to my father's glory, that you bear much fruit.
The focus needs to be remaining in Jesus. That is our priority and focus. Fruit comes from this. There is no shortcut to fruit. We have to bring our life and live it in line with him. Our intimacy with him has to be our highest priority in our life.
Obey God's commands. For outward things to change, the inward things need to be connected to God. Get plugged into the source of your life.
Zep 3:17. The Lord is with you, mighty to save. He will rejoice over you with singing.
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