Joy

Unspeakable Joy



Have you truly experienced joy? Do you know what joy is and what it isn’t? Do you want to cultivate a lifestyle of joy? Come and find out how to experience true joy even in the midst of pain, struggle and challenges. Identify the joy thieves in your life. Receive 7 keys to being restored in the fullness of joy, no longer wavering, but securely being empowered to abide and rest in a constant state of joy.

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Mother Teresa

Joy
(gil 9 Geel) #1523 joy, be glad, rejoice, the connotation implies to dance for joy, or to “spin around” with pleasure

True Joy:
Salvation: and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. I Peter 1:8-9

What is joy?
Joy is
• an emotion
• it inspires our most unselfish desires
• an abiding sense of happiness and well-being
• more than happiness, it’s deep and abiding
• a vital aspect of the fruit of the Spirit
• is contagious

Defining Joy
“Joy is a delight of the mind arising from the consideration of a present or assured possession of a good future.” The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

“Joy is a stable, underlying emotion of well-being which is rooted in an outlook of life from a heavenly perspective.” Robin Bertram (my definition)

Happiness is a volatile emotion that can be driven away by circumstances.
Happiness is reliant on in some degree those around us.
Joy is an internal emotion that cannot be shaken or removed.

Spread the Joy for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Ro 14:17
Commanded to walk in it: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:4-7

Joy that cannot be shaken: True Joy is : Everlasting-Isaiah 51:11, Unspeakable-I Peter 1:8
Abundant: 2 Cor 8:2 Full- I John 1:4, Great: Acts 8:8

So the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, And everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away. Is 51:11

 

16 Ways to Find Joy

The joy of the Lord is our strength


1. It is found in the presence of the Lord You will show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Ps 16:11
2. When we live righteously The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. Proverbs 10:28
3. It is found in our time with Him in prayer Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” Isaiah 56:7
4. It is found in fellowship with other believers (Paul with Philippians) Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, Phil. 1:25
5. It is found when we are persecuted because of our promise Blessed are you, when men shall revile you... Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven. Matt. 5:11-12
6. It is found in our giving; of ourselves, our time, our money, our talents
God loves a cheerful giver : Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver 2 Cor.9:7
7. It is found in tribulation Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction. For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; and not only by His coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more. 2 Cor 7:4-7
8. It is found in our praise and worship to our Heavenly Father Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead if confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall POSSESS DOUBLE; Everlasting joy shall be theirs…Isaiah 61:7
Who shall possess double…those who put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness Garment
a. Leaves no opening for hostile elements
b. Keeps out the unwanted, the uncomfortable, the brutal

You will show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Ps 16:11
 

Joy is our God-given gift

9. It is found when we forgive and when we are forgiven Psalms 32, 51:8
10. It is found when we receive or witness the miracles of God such as deliverance. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city. Acts 8:7-8

11. Obedience to His Word If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15: 10-11
12. It is found when we read and apply God’s word All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them. Neh. 8:12
13. It is found when we receive revelation and understanding of the kingdom of God "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44
14. It is found when we operate in true faith so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and[c]full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of [d]your souls. I Peter 1:7-9
15. It is found in being faithful in service to the Lord “ His lord said to him, ‘Well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.’ Mt. 25:21
Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Ps 100:2
16. Raising godly children The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him. Prv. 23:24

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Joy Builders


1. Trusting in the sovereignty of God regardless of the circumstances May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Ro 15:13
2. Pleasing God Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. Eccl 9:7
3. Answered Prayers Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24
4. Salvation of others I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7
5. Giving a good biblical advice A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word! Pv. 15:23
6. Understanding who Jesus really is Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.

"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

“Joy is a stable, underlying emotion of well-being which is rooted in an outlook of life from a heavenly perspective.” ----Robin Bertram

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Practical Application

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1. Choose to rejoice: take action not by feeling but by standing on the Word Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
2. Refuse to be anxious, but trust God Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6
3. Refuse to worry, which is simply a physical manifestation of doubt “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matt 6:25
4. Meditate on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.

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