All of these things are behaviors or experiences that must be drawn from the world around us and then brought into our lives. We want what some people call the rush that comes when we live close to the edge of death itself. 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! Instead, the poll revealed that the No. 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". The same could be said for if we choose to be joyful. And He wants us to know an extraordinary kind of joy. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. They should consider Isaiah 55:2, Isaiah 55:6 which says, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?…Seek ye the Lord while he may be found.”. I still have joy! That is the knowledge that brings me an unspeakable joy. They come and go with equal suddenness. We are promised His joy. A pastor for more than 30 years, he has also taught preaching at New York, New Brunswick and Princeton Theological Seminaries. King is world famous primarily for the lyrics of his song that says, “The thrill is gone, the thrill is gone away.”. Satisfaction is found in such things as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. I kept the faith and I held on through the night. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Nevertheless, I can still sing the song that says: When peace like a river attendeth my way, All is well suggests that things may not be going according to my plan. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have … Remain in my love. But the joy of the Lord only grows fuller with age, and as I walk around between s.s. classes it seems that the joy increases with each age group I ascend! In the words of the commercial by Nationwide Insurance Company, “Sometimes life comes at you fast”-but it is well with my soul. Passionate About Worship. 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. I’ve been up and I’ve been down, I’ve gained and I’ve lost, but I didn’t lose everything because I still have my praise. He was the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary from 1996-2011. I can have tears in my eyes and still have joy in my heart. 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.”. These qualities work from the inside out. Joyful beyond words. It really has nothing to do with our circumstances, and everything to do with our perspective and priorities. I may not receive any of the material gifts that so many people point to as the center of Christmas; but when I receive the Christ of Christmas, I can find the joy that will forever elude those who are searching after satisfaction. (Won’t he throw you for a loop?) I still have joy! He wants us to know what the dictionary calls "a very glad feeling; happiness and delight". Joy will maintain us when happiness is disolved by the actions of friends and family. There is no need to get right with God before we can enjoy the fruits of the Spirit. Dear congregation, Have you ever noticed that sometimes trouble comes in batches? The world didn’t give it, and the world I still have joy after all I've been through I still have joy. Joy will sustain us when our happiness is revoked by a harsh word or deed. After all I’ve been through, I still have joy and it is well with my soul. In keeping with that 50-year legacy, a poll was taken of radio listeners and disc jockeys across the country concerning the No. How to Have Joy. He even broke the habits trying to conquer me. The psalmists write, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Ps. I was on top of the world. 11 I have told you these things so that you might be filled with my joy. Some people are obsessed with the quest for happiness. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11). Yes, your joy will overflow! Look at verses 20-22 (I tell you the truth…). Nehemiah 8:9-10 (June 14, 2020) Social Icons. However, the phrase all is well suggests something very different. 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. Happiness Joy is a Choice. Copy Sermon to … I was inspired by Cheryl Lacey Donovan, so i decided to pay tribute to her in this sermon.. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. - download and listen to more sermons for free at DownloadSermon.com 3. Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms, “In this world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). James 1:9-11 Black History (SKU: 0505) Price: You currently have a total of 0 Sermons in your shopping basket. When In Adversity, I’ll Still Have Joy. But how many will stand with me today and say I am going to be like David and say, (Psalms 34:2) I will bless the Lord at all times and his praise shall continually be in my mouth.- How many will stand and say I refuse to let the devil take my Joy away 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. 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. Whatever the thrill of gambling might be, we should not lose sight of the sorrow it produces. Upon leaving Ashland he was voted by his faculty colleagues to be Professor Emeritus. Marvin A. McMickle is the president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Listen, if you are truly born again, you are kept by God’s power “until the coming of salvation” which will be “revealed” at the coming of Christ (1 Pet 1:5) and not the power of your faith. Wanting to comfort Peggy, I remarked how ironic it seemed that, on the week when our faith directs us to the word of joy she had so much hardship and stress placed upon her. This sermon was on Joy and was preached on April 18, 2010. This is my testimony--that He made everything alright! He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It is because all of these things that fuel our futile pursuit of satisfaction are things that work from the outside in. Continue shopping. Do you want joy? 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. But joy - the strength provided to believers enables us in the face of adversity to endure. 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. is a prayer for deliverance from David's enemies, when Saul was set to get rid of him. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. If we choose to be miserable we will be, and so will those around us. 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. Many search for satisfaction attempting to combine all three devices-happiness, thrills, pleasure when they turn to illegal drugs and other things that can help them get high. 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. But take heart! Preaching.com is a leading resource that provides tools and ideas for pastors and church leaders to help them lead well. 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. Joy is the result of recognizing that God is Good all the time….even in the midst of a trial. It was surprising and unsettling enough that she was diagnosed with cancer just a few years after I had gone through a battle with prostate cancer. Later that afternoon, while we were away from the house, Peggy’s mother fell while coming down the stairs. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. Our joy has strengthened as by the Holy Spirit we have been given this wonderful assurance that our salvation is based on the finished work of Christ, and in no way depends on our doing or even believing. 66:1). I cannot think of many days in my life when I can say with a straight face that all is right. God is with us. 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.” Blues singer B.B. 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… The search for satisfaction can take at least four different faces in our world today, and most of us have gotten stuck trying to find satisfaction in one of three distinct ways. From 1987-2011 he was Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio. We Still Have Joy. It is why we buy cars that can be driven faster than any highway in America would allow us to drive. 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. It was a short song: I still have joy (2ce) After all I’ve been through I still have joy Initially, Of course, what happens to a thrill seeker when the present thrill is gone? 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! 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. You do not have to front for me because I am a living witness I know the Devil will throw you for a loop! ill.--I heard about a 95 year old widower who still went out on nursing home visitation. And when we got home I was planning to write a sermon that would have rivaled George Bailey’s joy at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. when sorrows like sea billows roll; 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. 1 rock ‘n’ roll song of all time. And I want you to take your Bible now with me and look to Philippians chapter 1. Happiness is circumstantial: if I get a good report from the doctor, I am happy; if I get a bad one, I am sad. Yes, happiness/joy is a choice. It is why some people want to bungee jump, or go plunging down the steep and twisting hills of roller coasters. In a few places the old roadbed can still be seen—with the deep trace marks still evident after 150 years. 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. In this season of Advent, let me make the case that I would rather have the joy of the Lord than the satisfactions of the world any day of the week. It is why we jump out of airplanes and free-fall from thousands of feet in the atmosphere. The gifts God offers-love, joy, peace and the others-are not reserved for those who have proven themselves deserving of God’s attention. For other people the thrill is linked to the allure and excitement of gambling of one kind or another. It is not a rational decision; it is the mark of a society that has embraced the thrill as a way to approach how they live their lives. Yes, your joy will overflow! 2. Purpose: To encourage Christians when they face hard times by giving them truths that sustain. My finances and my relationships may not be right according to the standards of this world. You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. Unlike happiness, joy finds its roots in relationship versus circumstance. There is a reason none of these things can bring us any lasting satisfaction. Make a Name for Yourself - Genesis, 2 Samuel 2. Real satisfaction in life comes from the themes of Advent, three of which are also listed among the fruits of the Spirit-love, joy and peace. 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 … Praise And Worship Is The Outpouring Of Our Joy. We know that he was a great man of faith. 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