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Choose Joy Lesson – 3
September 9, 2020

Choose Joy Lesson – 3

September 9, 2020

CHOOSE JOY
BECAUSE HAPPINESS ISN’T ENOUGH

Lesson 3
JOY IS A CONDITION OF MY HEART

“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)

“In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights,” Philippians 2:14-15 (TLB)

I Fill My Heart with Joy When:

1. I focus on .

“Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: “The one who does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.” 21’ “For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.” Galatians 3:12, 21 (MSG)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How regularly do you experience grace in your life?

2. I trust God for the .

“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop.” Matthew 6:27-28 (MSG)

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, and God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:33-34 (MSG)
“You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern.” 1 Peter 5:7 (PH) J.B. Phillips New Testament (Phillips)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How regularly do you trust God for the future?

3. I balance my .

“It is useless to work hard for the food you eat by getting up early and going to bed late. The LORD gives food to those he loves while they sleep.” Psalm 127:2 (GW)

“It is no use for you to get up early and stay up late, working for a living. The LORD gives sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2 (NCV)

“Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls. The work that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is not heavy.” Matthew 11:29-30 (ICB)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How balanced is your life?

4. I practice .

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ [a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:4-5a (NIV)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How much contentment do you experience in your life?

I Fill Others With Joy When:

1. about them.

“If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 (TLB)

“A joyful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a (ESV)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How readily do you believe the best about others?

2. I their mistakes.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.” Luke 6:37 (MSG)

“Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.” Romans 2:1 (MSG)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.” Philippians 4:8 (GW)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How readily do you forgive others?

3. I with their feelings.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)

“This is my commandment, [my law] that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NKJV)

“And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (AMPC)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How easily do you empathize with others feelings?

4. I their efforts.

“I thank God for the help you gave me while I preached the Good News—help you gave from the first day you believed until now.” Philippians 1:5 (NCV)

Rate yourself: On a scale of 1-10

How often do you applaud others’ efforts?

Joy and sorrow are two
parallel tracks that run
inseparably throughout our lives.
~ Kay Warren

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