A Joyful Reality
Central Truth: My Focus / Faith Drives My Joy!
God Defines ALLReality:
The Physical / Metaphysical – Albert Einstein
The Mind not the Matter – Jon Lennon
Genesis 1:1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26; Ezekiel 12:25; John 1:1, 14
3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. ……6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
BiblicalJoy is Substantive Reality
Joy Versus Happiness? The World sells Happiness and only we can have Joy?
Bible Speaks of Joy believers have
The Text: Philippians 4:4
Commanded to Rejoice! John 15:11-14
Psalm 32:10-11, Philippians 3:1, 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Connected to Trust! “In the Lord!” John 14:1-13
I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
The “Takeaways”: My Focus Drives My Joy
Enemies of Joy
Rejection of Truth
Focus on Self-Fulfillment
Forgetting God’s Promises
Failing to Worship– Thankfulness, Obedience, Prayerful Dependence