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Bible study on joy

Where does the power to persevere and thrive in the call of God on your life come from?
Hebrews 12:2 - Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Joy is something that cannot be taken away. It can be given away, dismissed or misplaced. But, it can't be taken from you.

Does God gain glory through our frustrated response to circumstances?

Read James 1:2-4

Is this obedience step possible? What would this look like?

Read 2 Peter 1:3-4

What is the pathway to knowing God's power for life and godliness (including responding with joy in every situation)?

It is possible to live out James 1:2. Do you believe this?

Must we take up joy as our response in all situations? Or is this an "optional extra" in our Christian lives?

Read Philippians 3:1 & 4:4

Is joy an option?

What brings joy?

Read Psalm 19:8

What brings joy to us?

Have a look through Psalm 119 - what are all the benefits of the Word of God?

Read Nehemiah 8:8-10

What brought conviction of sin?

What were the Israelites commanded to do when they were getting convicted of sin?

The Shout of Joy

READ

  • Psalm 27:6
  • Psalm 35:27
  • Psalm 47:5
  • Psalm 92:4
  • Psalm 95:1
  • Psalm 98:6
  • Psalm 126:2
  • Isaiah 54:1

What are you being called to do?

The Gift of Joy

Isaiah 58

Set the oppressed free, work for justice, make relationships right, walk in obedience before God and then…

You will find your joy in the Lord.

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The joy that we are called to live with comes from the power of the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus was filled with joy in the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21). But, what can we do to open the way for the Holy Spirit to fill us with joy?

Roll away the stone. What can you do to make a way for the miracle of God to be revealed, for joy to flood your spirit (John 11:38-41)?
  • Know and live the promises of God (2 Peter 1:3-4).
  • Delight in God's boundaries, the Word of God (Psalm 119).
  • Take joy in God's conviction (Nehemiah 8:8-10).
  • Shout and sing for joy (Psalm 27:6).
  • Give joy to others (Isaiah 58).
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