Saturday, March 10, 2012


  • If you wait until you are happy with your life you will rarely possess joy. John 16:33
    • “happiness” - from the English word “happenstance” which means “something that HAPPEN’s because of a circumSTANCE.”
  • God’s joy comes from adopting His perspective of life. James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 4:12-13; Romans 5:1-11
  • God’s perspective is that you now possess a right standing before Him – the holy God. (v.1)
  • God’s perspective is that you have a relationship of peace with Him. (v.1)
  • God’s perspective is that you are deeply loved by Him. (v.5-8)
  • God’s perspective is that your future is safe from His judgment.(v. 9-10)
  • God’s  perspective is that you have reason to be full of joy – you are His friend. (v.11)
  • God’s perspective is that He rejoices over you. Zephaniah 3:17; Acts 16:22-25
  • Godly perspectives to live by:
  • Joy killers in relationships:
  • Fill your heart with singing to God.  (v.19)
  • Consistently express an attitude of gratitude to God. (v.20)
  • Highly value fellow believers, serving them in love. (v.21) Philippians 2:3-4; Nehemiah 8:10

In times of difficulty, I draw on an inner joy and speak cheerful words of praise to God
instead of complaining.

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