They want to find that time and place in life where there will always be a smile on their face and no tears in their eyes. Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms, “In this world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. 11 I have told you these things so that you might be filled with my joy. Jesus’ words in John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Other examples, Acts 13:52, “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” I have found many young Christians that have lost joy or even fallen into spiritual depression, thinking they had sinned in such a way that they had lost their salvation. It is why we buy cars that can be driven faster than any highway in America would allow us to drive. We can have true joy because we are different and we have a glorious future. Just as our salvation is assured through Jesus’ one-time sacrifice for all. The gifts God offers-love, joy, peace and the others-are not reserved for those who have proven themselves deserving of God’s attention. Nevertheless, I can still sing the song that says: When peace like a river attendeth my way, 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Americans are the most chemically dependent people on earth-we take more prescription drugs than any other nation, though that simply could be a sign of an advanced medical system. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. lshook October 14, 2020 Daily Devotionals. I have some advice for those still saying, “I can’t get no satisfaction”-they need to look somewhere else for their contentment. Sermons; Calendar; Contact; Giving; Zoom Events; 31st Anniversary; New Year’s Eve 2020; I STILL HAVE JOY. How to Have Joy All Year Long Philippians 4:1-9 December 27, ... “People have mistreated me and I’m not going to be happy until I get even. Download this message by Pastor Godman Akinlabi titled "239: I still have joy!" It is important that we talk about joy vs. happiness and pleasure during the Advent and Christmas seasons, because it is so easy even for us as Christians to get caught up in the shopping and materialistic observance of Christmas. When you have joy, the devil can throw everything he has against you and you just keep on pushing-not because you are that strong, but because God is bigger than anything that life can do to you . Powered by, https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/media.brightstarcc.org/sermon-audio/20200531-IStillHaveJoy.mp3, 809 Charlotte Street, Cincinnati, OH 45214. 3. I have joy. 11 I have told you these things so that you might be filled with my joy. When In Adversity, I’ll Still Have Joy. We Still Have Joy. God loves us, and Christ died for us while we were the sinful and rebellious people we are. whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, When you have joy, the devil can throw everything he has against you and you just keep on pushing-not because you are that strong, but because God is bigger than anything that life can do to you. The first part of describes the wickedness of these enemies and verse 8 concludes "But Thou, O LORD, dost laugh at them; Thou dost scoff at all the nations". Look at verses 20-22 (I tell you the truth…). Nehemiah 8:9-10 (June 14, 2020) Social Icons. I still have joy! (I share these with her permission and her blessings.). She had been doing so well in recent weeks, but now was bed-ridden with a fractured pelvis. Yes, your joy will overflow! Some people are obsessed with the quest for happiness. In the words of the commercial by Nationwide Insurance Company, “Sometimes life comes at you fast”-but it is well with my soul. There is a reason none of these things can bring us any lasting satisfaction. Here is the truth about all of our pursuits for satisfaction, be it in the form of happiness, thrills or various pleasures: At best, all those things can do is bring us a little bit of peace for a short period of time! There are many in our society whose lives are driven by the pursuit of satisfaction, and they try one thing after another trying to attain that goal. 1. We have inside knowledge of what God is doing in us and in the world, and this should fill us with just all the energy we need, all the satisfaction, all the pleasure, all the contentment, to keep going … 2. (Won’t he throw you for a loop?) The world didn’t give it, and the world Joy allows us to say in the times of trouble....I still have joy...I still have joy....after everything I have been through....I still have JOY! The wonder and miracle of Christmas is that it is done on behalf of people deeply entrenched in the works of the flesh or the actions of the sinful nature. Later that afternoon, while we were away from the house, Peggy’s mother fell while coming down the stairs. 1 rock ‘n’ roll song of all time. when sorrows like sea billows roll; King is world famous primarily for the lyrics of his song that says, “The thrill is gone, the thrill is gone away.”. There is an obsession in this country with thrills. How to Have Joy. (sing twice) There were times in my life when I felt I couldn't go on But the Lord He blessed me and He made me strong. However, just like happiness, people soon discover that thrills cannot satisfy because they cannot be made to last. The joy of Christmas is about the love of God Who sent a Savior into our world to redeem us from the behaviors that constantly pull us away from God. In our hearts we know that to be true, but still we behave like the lyrics of the song by The Rolling Stones: I tried-and I tried-and I tried-and I tried, but I can’t get no happiness, because happiness does not and cannot last. Let’s be clear about this-I am talking about sensual things. 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 1 rock ‘n’ roll song song of all time. I still struggle with praying, but I like to pray and still growing that way and God has been good. As a result, whenever the world around us shifts or changes in even the most negligible way, we are made to realize over and over again that satisfaction-that sense of being completely content-once again has eluded us. Friends have left me They've questioned my faith The good I tried to do Was thrown back in my face The hurt and the pain brought tears to my eyes But God has replaced a blessing For every tear that I've cried. 1. They want to live in Disney World all the time, forgetting that Disney World is a great illusion, as life for the executives and employees of the Disney Corporation reveal every day. We know that he was a great man of faith. People go into casinos knowing the house always wins, yet are willing to risk their paycheck on a game of chance. It is why we jump out of airplanes and free-fall from thousands of feet in the atmosphere. 1 rock ‘n’ roll song song of all time was by the British band, The Rolling Stones, titled “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.”, It occurred to me that the popularity and longevity of that particular song can be attributed to a simple observation: That song speaks to the fundamental dilemma of so many people in our society who are in a constant quest for something that can bring them satisfaction. 5:22), which means that it is a Christian virtue. by Terry J. Hallock. This, too, is part of what The Rolling Stones meant when they said, “I tried-and I tried-and I tried-and I tried, and I can’t get no satisfaction.” We try the pursuit of happiness, thrills and pleasure, but something is always missing. He was the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary from 1996-2011. A pastor for more than 30 years, he has also taught preaching at New York, New Brunswick and Princeton Theological Seminaries. After all, the song says, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” It does not say that Santa has come, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has come; the joy of Christmas is centered in the fact that the Lord has come. First Chinese Baptist Church, Los Angeles, Director of Worship & Young Adult Ministry, Executive Pastor (#232337) - USA Midwest (IL), CCPA – Do not sell my personal information. 66:1). These qualities work from the inside out. Use the above player to listen to the sermon, use the download MP3 link to save sermon, or use the download PDF link to view Sermon Notes. Event Calendar. Sermons delivered to your email for INSTANT DOWNLOAD. There is a song I learned in the devotional services of the Baptist church that says: “This joy I have the world didn’t give to me, This sermon was on Joy and was preached on April 18, 2010. I cannot think of many days in my life when I can say with a straight face that all is right. In a few places the old roadbed can still be seen—with the deep trace marks still evident after 150 years. The first phrase suggests everything in your life is in order and under perfect control. My finances and my relationships may not be right according to the standards of this world. Of course, what happens to a thrill seeker when the present thrill is gone? You do not have to front for me because I am a living witness I know the Devil will throw you for a loop! Passionate About Worship. If we choose to be miserable we will be, and so will those around us. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. That’s because back in the 1950s, there was a disc jockey by the name of Alan Freed who worked for an AM radio station in Cleveland. That response reminds me of the gospel song that says, “After all I’ve been through, I still have joy.” That is what separates joy from the false gods of happiness, pleasure and thrills. I kept the faith and I held on through the night. Remain in my love. I had been married less than a month before, and I still hadn’t come down. Life can go on smoothly for a while and then all of sudden Bang!– things go wrong – not just one thing, but several things at once. Joy is the result of recognizing that God is Good all the time….even in the midst of a trial. The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength - Nehemiah 8 Scriptures: Nehemiah 8:5-12Illustration: In Good to Great, Jim Collins writes:The coaching staff of a high school cross-country running team got together for dinner after winning its second state championship in two years. Take the same bad report from the doctor that might make me sad and realize that I can still have joy … He was elected to be the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2011. The richest among us buy a seat on the space shuttle, not because they care one iota about science or space research; they do it because they are attempting to buy for themselves the ultimate thrill. James 1:2 (NKJV) On 10th January 2002, I found myself singing a song most part of the day and I wondered what that meant. We want what some people call the rush that comes when we live close to the edge of death itself. Yes, happiness/joy is a choice. Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord. That is the knowledge that brings me an unspeakable joy. - download and listen to more sermons for free at DownloadSermon.com It is because all of these things that fuel our futile pursuit of satisfaction are things that work from the outside in. Whatever the thrill of gambling might be, we should not lose sight of the sorrow it produces. I can have tears in my eyes and still have joy in my heart. Sometimes, after we discover that happiness does not last, we try something else; and that next thing might be thrills. Happiness is circumstantial: if I get a good report from the doctor, I am happy; if I get a bad one, I am sad. After All The Things I've Been Through I Still Have Joy - Psalm 30:1-5 - Robert Earl Houston, Sr. $5.99 I Am Not Alone Psalm 23:6(a) - Robert Earl Houston, Sr. $5.99 I Have Enemies, But I Have God Psalm 23:5 - Robert Earl Houston, Sr. $5.99 Chorus I get joy when I think about all He's done for me. The text was Romans 5:1-11 Series Review: One of the premises of the Bible (the theme of the series) is that there is a difference… I was on top of the world. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. Joyful beyond words. For other people the thrill is linked to the allure and excitement of gambling of one kind or another. ill.--I heard about a 95 year old widower who still went out on nursing home visitation. I still have joy after all I've been through I still have joy. Second, the joy of the Lord is available to us even though none of us is deserving of God’s love. Keywords: Joy, hardship, trust, faith, encouragement, endurance Sermon. From a theological point of view, it is important to remember that God does not wait until we become the people He would like for us to be before He acts on our behalf. I still have joy! Use the above player to listen to the sermon, use the download MP3 link to save sermon, or use the download PDF link to view Sermon Notes. There is a high price to be paid for our fascination with the pursuit of pleasure, and our society is paying that price right now. It really has nothing to do with our circumstances, and everything to do with our perspective and priorities. I have purpose and I have meaning now that I never had before. The psalmists write, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Ps. Dear congregation, Have you ever noticed that sometimes trouble comes in batches? can’t take it away.”, This is what separates joy from the cheap thrills, the fleeting happiness and the temporal pleasures associated with this world; only joy can say, “The world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.”. The third thing I want to say about joy is something I learned in a profound way from my wife last year. Make a Name for Yourself - Genesis, 2 Samuel 2. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. Late last year, Peggy and I sat in a doctor’s office where we talked about how to treat the breast cancer with which she had just been diagnosed. From 1987-2011 he was Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio. Consider the example of Joni Erickson-Tada. 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