16 Ways to Experience Joy

"Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God."--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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

• it is an emotion
• it inspires our most unselfish desires
• it is an abiding sense of happiness and well-being
• it is more than happiness
• it is deep and abiding
• it is a vital aspect of the fruit of the Spirit
• it is contagious
• it is a choice

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
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.

16 Ways to Experience 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. It is found 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. 6 But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7 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 honor?…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

9. It is found when we forgive and when we are forgiven
Ps 32, Ps 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. It is found when there is 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. Mt. 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 full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of 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 raises a wise son will be glad in him. Prv. 23:24

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