Joy DefinedThe Greek Word Joy versus HappinessThe New Testament word for Joy is different to happiness.joy is chara. It denotes a joy • Happiness is based on ourthat has its foundation in God. circumstances.Joy does not come fromearthly things, but from our • Joy is based on ourrelationship with God. relationship with God. "The best way to be unhappy is to seek happiness."
Joy DescribedAll human joy flows from love: love for life, forpeople, for work. The same is true when theheavenly love of the Spirit flows in our soul. Theresult is joy from above. When God is thefountainhead of our joy, nothing can diminish itsflow. Joy is constant because it begins with him.
Suffering and JoyIn the natural, suffering and James 1:2joy are mutually exclusivebecause happiness is Consider it pure joy, mydependent upon circum- brothers, whenever youstances. However, in the face trials of manyspiritual realm suffering and kinds, because you knowjoy are often intimately that the testing of yourconnected. Spiritual joy comesfrom God, who is unaffected faith developsby our changing circum- perseverance.stances.
Hindrances to Joy• Anything which hinders our relationship with God will rob us of joy .• Joy dissipates when we take our eyes off the Lord and focus on our circumstances.• The solution is to spend time in the presence of God focussing on God’s goodness towards us.
Results of Joy1. We have a happy Proverbs 15:13 face A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Results of Joy1. We have a happy James 5:13 face Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.2. We have a joyful song
Results of Joy1. We have a happy Nehemiah 8:10 face Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your2. We have a joyful strength. song3. We have divine strength
Paul in PhilippiansThe book of joy in the Bible is Philippians. Thetheme of joy and rejoicing dominates the entireletter. What makes it noteworthy is that Paulwrote it from prison to encourage a church thatwas downcast about his situation. Heencourages them by saying he is full of joy andurges them to rejoice as well.
Paul’s ReasonsPaul gives a number of reasons for his joydespite his trial: their progress in the faith; theirpreaching of the gospel; their prayers for hisdeliverance.At the end he gives his over-arching reason—theLord! He write, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice inthe Lord … Rejoice in the Lord always. I will sayit again: Rejoice! (Phil. 3:1, 4:4).
Peace Defined• The fruit of peace describes the condition of your heart when it finds rest and security in the knowledge that you are in right relation- ship with God and he will look after you.• Peace is the fruit of trust, the inner calmness and tranquillity that comes from whole- hearted trust in God.
Peace DefinedShalom • contentment: a quiet, tranquil spirit • security: a sense of being safe • prosperity: a sense of general well-being • harmony: being in right relationship with God, others, and self
Peace DefinedInside Out • The Holy Spirit imparts divine peace to us.The peace of the • Peace is spiritual and internal, indepen-Holy Spirit is dent of circumstances.developed from • We can have inner peace in the midst of outer turmoil because peace has itsinside you, and it basis in our relationship with God.does not depend • We do not have peace because our liveson what is going on are problem free, but because we knowaround you. God works all things together for our good.
Peace DescribedThree Dimensions Romans 5:1 1. Peace with God Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peace DescribedThree Dimensions Philippians 4:6-7 1. Peace with God Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by 2. Peace of God prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Peace DescribedThree Dimensions John 16:33 1. Peace with God I have told you these things, so that in me you 2. Peace of God may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Peace DescribedThree Dimensions Two Senses 1. Peace with God • Peace from God: He gives us peace 2. Peace of God • Peace in God: He acts in our circumstances
Peace DescribedThree Dimensions • We are peaceable 1. Peace with God “If it is possible, as far as it depends on 2. Peace of God you, live at peace with 3. Peace with men everyone” (Rom. 12:18).
Peace DescribedThree Dimensions • We are peacemakers 1. Peace with God " Blessed are the peacemakers, for they 2. Peace of God will be called sons of 3. Peace with men God" (Matt. 5:9).
Peace DemonstratedShadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied tothe king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need todefend ourselves before you in this matter. If weare thrown into the blazing furnace, the God weserve is able to save us from it, and he willrescue us from your hand, O king. But even if hedoes not, we want you to know, O king, that wewill not serve your gods or worship the image ofgold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).
Peace Demonstrated• No God, no peace. Know God, know peace!• We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.• They did not know how their situation would work out, but they knew God was in control and he was on their side.
Conclusion• Joy and peace come from our relationship with the Lord, not from our circumstances.• We can experience joy and peace even in difficult circumstances.• Joy has three visible results: happy face, joyful song, divine strength.• Peace operates in three dimensions: peace with God, peace from God, and peace with men.