Joyfulness vs. Self-pity Where does God desire us to be?
Joyfulness vs. Self-pity
"The spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in fellowship with the Lord" (IBLP)
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1 Corinthians 1:9
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." NKJV
(1) Jesus desires us to make Him Lord of our life not just our Savior. This produces joy.
(2) Are we where God intended us to be in our fellowship with Him and others? (Places and people)
(3) Is Jesus first place in our life? If He is this will produce joy.
(4) If we are loosing the joy of the Lord consider these verses from God's Word.
"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." NKJV
(5) Example about maintaining the joy of the Lord.
“The bobcat can be truly happy and joyful only when allowed to roam freely in the country where God intended it to be.” (From IBLP Used by permission)
(6) To remove an animal from the wild is never recommended, unless one knows for sure that its parents are dead.
(7) Right thinking needs to take place to maintain the joy of the Lord. Consider the following portions in God's Word.
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." NKJV
(8) Do not allow persecution to drive us away from our fellowship with God and others! It is wise to stay in His presence much as possible. This produces joy.
Psalm 16:11 (AMP)
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
(9) Do not allow persecution to drive us away from our God given territory! This produces joy.
(10) Do not allow our joy to be stolen! This produces joy.
(11) Stay close to the heavenly Father through prayer, study and fellowship with Him. This produces joy.
(12) Jesus must be in our life! This produces joy.
Consider the following: (Highlighted text added)
1 John 5:12 (No Jesus no life)
"He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." NKJV
Proverbs 8:34-36 (No obedience no happiness)
"Happy is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.
For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord; but he who misses me injures himself; all who hate me love death." RSV
Colossians 1:13 (No Jesus no transfer)
"[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love" AMP
Isaiah 57:20-21 (No Jesus no peace)
"But the wicked are like the troubled sea, for it cannot rest, and its waters cast up mire and dirt.
There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked." AMP
(13) Because of Jesus, we have:
(3) Transferred into the right place
(14) I did not say it would be easy!
(15) Finally! Be where God desires us to be! This will manifest the Joy of the Lord rather than self-pity.
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