We are made for Joy because our Creator and Re-creator is Joy full!
Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….
Joy has enemies – the Unholy trinity – The devil, the world and my sinful nature!
My old nature is Self – Reliant! When it leads I am very vulnerable. Why?
My new nature is God–Reliant! When it leads I am very productive. Why?
· “keep His commands”, “embrace His instruction” in my thinking, saying and doing!
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.
· “Rejoice ….. Do not be anxious” Anxiety and fear are the natural fruit of the old me!
Philippians 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
o Celebration - focuses us on God and His Goodness revealed!
SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:
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 – John 15:5-11
Tuesday – Philippians 4:4-9
Wednesday – Colossians 3:12-17
Thursday – Ephesians 5:15-21
Friday – Isaiah 35
Saturday – Psalm 111
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