Choose Joy Lesson 2
September 2, 2020
BECAUSE HAPPINESS ISN’T ENOUGH
JOY IS A CONVICTION OF MY MIND
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life; the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right; and the determined choice to praise God in all things.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (MSG)
False Sources of Joy:
Our True Source of Joy:
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13
“Then you will find your joy in the Lord.” Isaiah 58:14
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
“You will fill me with joy in your presence.” Psalm 16:11
Five Convictions that Bring Joy:
1. God’s is .
“Let them praise the name of God—it’s the only Name worth praising. His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky.” Psalm 148:13 (MSG)
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
2. God’s is .
“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Psalm 19:8
“The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.” Psalm 19:8 (MSG)
“Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.” Psalm 119:111
“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” Jeremiah 15:16
3. God’s are .
“God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!” Psalm 111:2 (MSG)
“Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 16:33
“For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord: I sing for joy at the works of your hands.” Psalm 92:4
4. God’s are .
“You protect me with salvation-armor; you hold me up with a firm hand, caress me with your gentle ways.” Psalm 18:35 (MSG)
“His love has taken over our lives; God’s faithful ways are eternal. Hallelujah!” Psalm 117:2 (MSG)
“The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” Psalm 145:13
5. God’s is .
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
The basis for joy is choosing the over the every time.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18