Preached by Rod Benner (00:38)
Rod concludes his series in Philippians
The Bible instructs us to do things that are not easy to do. Paul encouraged, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice!” As easy as it sounds, we all know joyful living is hard. Christmas is supposed to be the season of joy and merriment, but how many are caught in stress, anxiety and depression produced by an attempt to be happy and make others happy. Yet, God wants us to rejoice always and in every circumstance. How would your life be different if you rejoiced always at home, at work, and while you’re in your community? Frustrating events will always occur, but God says rejoice even then. You will still feel frustrated and annoyed but Joy must be in charge of those feelings. Joy can only be in charge of your emotions when Jesus is in charge of your life. An unending joy is only possible by the power of Jesus given to his friends through the Holy Spirit. Jesus must be your King and Lord in order for you to be always full of joy. This is not self help. You can produce many happy moments with self help programs, but a program and positive thinking will not enable joy in every circumstance. Self help reveals the power you have, while joy is revealed by the power Jesus has. Follow Jesus to learn joy. Start at the cross, make Jesus your leader and you will steadily get to a joyful life. It’s not a matter of working harder with Him, it’s a matter of submitting your work to Him.
Scripture references: Philippians 4:4; James 1:2-4; Romans 5:2,14:17
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