"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - Why Do I Lose It?


We were made for Joy!

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”
Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….

Joy has enemies!    (Robbers, thieves, leaks, drains, impostors etc.)

If Joy is a fruit of life with God then enemies of that life are enemies of Joy in my life! 

The Unholy Trinity – a Triple Alliance against Life and Joy!

            The Devil         John 10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they  may have life, and have it to the full.

            The World     John 16 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this  world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  

            My Sinfulness   Galatians 519 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual  immorality, impurity and  debauchery…; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. 

John 15 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 


Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Nehemiah 8:9-12

Tuesday – Psalm 100

Wednesday – John 10:7-13

Thursday – Galatians 5:16-25

Friday – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Saturday – Zephaniah 3:14-17