“Joy is at the heart of God’s plan for human beings.
The reason this is worth pondering awhile: Joy is at the heart of God himself.” – John Ortberg
The JOY Perspective: “God’s capacity for Joy makes possible our experience of Joy!”
God’s capacity for Joy… is seriously underestimated!
Psalm 118 24This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
John 15 11I have told you this, so that, my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….
“Joy is the serious business of heaven” – C.S. Lewis
Ephesians 5 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
“If I need more Joy it means I need more of God!”
...our experience of Joy!
Philippians 4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Living joy-fully takes practice …….. Gratitude and Celebration!
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 – Psalm 118:21-29
Tuesday – Psalm 19
Wednesday – John 15:9-11
Thursday – Galatians 5:16-25
Friday – Philippians 4:4-9
Saturday – Habbakuk 3:17-19