30 days of Joy - Part 1
1. Joy is a supernatural Pain Killer!
2. Joy produces extraordinary tenacity.
Hebrews 12:12 - Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that was put before him.
3. Joy overpowers trouble
James 1:2 - Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
Nehemiah 8:10 - And Nehemiah said, Stop your crying“Go and celebrate…… for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”
Right from the beginning of creation, God gave us a formula for life.
Genesis 1 - 3Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that it was good. . 9And God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky be gathered into one place so dry ground may appear.” And God saw that it was good. 12The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, And God saw that it was good. 14And God said, “Let bright lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night.. And God saw that it was good. 21So God created great sea creatures and every sort of fish and every kind of bird. And God saw that it was good. 24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth every kind of animal—And God saw that it was good. 26Then God said, “Let us make people£ in our image, to be like ourselves 31Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way. And God rested...
Right here in the first chapter of the bible, God’s unveils the first secret to living the life you’ve always wanted.
God’s pattern was very simple: Work/celebrate/work/celebrate/work/celebrate/work/celebrate/REST
Every day when God had done his work, he stopped and looked at what he had done and he celebrated.
- Serious Achievements
- Superb Celebrations
God was so serious about this that he even wrote it in law as a command for his people to follow. God decreed celebration.
Leviticus 23:39 “‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, after you have worked hard, celebrate a festival to the LORD for seven days; the first day is a day of rest, and the eighth day also is a day of rest.
1. Celebration produces joy and joy produces strength.
Proverbs says "A merry heart does you good. It’s like medicine."
Nehemiah told them to stop their crying.
In verse 10 of chapter 8 it says And Nehemiah said, Stop your crying“Go and celebrate……Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”
If joy brings strength, then a lack of it brings weakness.
2. Celebration reinforces Hope
People going through rehabilitation after a car accident. Every little milestone is celebrated, no matter how small. These celebrations reinforce the feeling that I can make it.
3. Celebration is the video camera of the soul.
Celebration is the video camera of the soul. Celebration captures the achievements and growth moments in your life, and turns them into joy filled memories that are filed and stored away in your mind and heart.
The celebration events become markers in your life. Statements that life has been good to me. They become almost like a dossier of facts in your life. Evidence that build a case in your own mind that life is good and that God is with you.
It’s so easy to forget how far you’ve come. You have survived illness. You have got back from the bare bones of your backside and now you can start actually seeing a bright side.
In Psalms 118:24 it says “This day is the day the lord has made, I will rejoice, I will celebrate and be glad in it.”