Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog—JOY


This week we continued talking about how to defeat giants in the promised land using the fruit of the Spirit.  We should do our best to demonstrate these traits, but the real, authentic fruit can come only from the Spirit of God inside of us.  Last week we discussed love, the source of all the fruit of the Spirit. 


This week we talked about joy.  Joy is the fruit of the Spirit, though we neglect to tap into it because we mistake happiness for joy. We defined happiness as the flesh/soul counterfeit of joy.  It should be the fruit of joy.  Happiness is outside stimuli satisfying the soul, penetrating the heart and then cutting off the Spirit.  Seeking happiness will never go beyond gratifying he flesh. Therefore we tend to go to fleshly sources to gain happiness.


Ephesians 5:15 says that our days and time are a resource which if wasted are evil.  Ephesians 5:18 says that instead of getting drunk on wine (seeking joy from a fleshly  source), that we should seek the Spirit for that satisfaction and joy. Your eternity is connected to whether God knows you, but our life here on earth depends on whether we know God.   

Don't get me wrong, happiness is a good thing. But it is fleeting. When you tap into God's joy, you will find that happiness can be a common fruit. I'm not saying it always produces happiness, but it does produce true happiness. 

James 1:2-4 tells us that we should count it all joy when we find ourselves being tried and tested -- in other words, when junk happens. We find joy when we learn to look at things the way Jesus did... Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.

Thankfully, it is unlikely any of us will have to endure anything like Christ did, but the point is that He could do so because He could see the other side. He knew what it would produce. In James 1:4 it says that enduring will produce perseverance and leave us lacking nothing. This is because we truly learn to trust God.

Now, understand that God is not the one testing you. James 1:13-15 explains that to us. However, when junk comes in life (and it will), make your reaction to tap into His joy inside you. He knows that if you do that you will become stronger and more able to overcome anything the enemy brings your way.


This week, take the small opportunities before you to find joy.  Practice in small things so that when bigger things come up, joy will be your reaction. 

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