Make Place for the Spirit of Joy
“…do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. He who steals must steal no more…” (Ephesians 4:26-28 NASB) 3 TYPES OF “JOY”: EVER PRESENT, DELIBERATE, AND SATISFYING JOY “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NLT) THE SPIRIT OF JOY IS A MATTER OR CHOICE, NOT A MATTER OF CHANCE, OR “HAPPEN-STANCE” “…the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.” (2 Corinthians 8:1-2 ESV) 1. CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE THAT WELCOMES THE SPIRIT OF JOY “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Gal. 5:22-23 NASB) 2. BE AROUND JOYFUL PEOPLE! “…for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NASB) “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4 NASB) “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25 NIV) 3. TAKE DAILY A HEAVY DOSE OF LAUGHTER! “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength." (Prov. 17:22 NLT) VICTORY GROUP DISCUSSION: 1. Is the spirit of joy something you can choose to have? 2. Can you be joyful even on difficult days, and in challenging situations? How? 3. How will you make place for the spirit of joy in your life?