(Nehemiah 8:10 NIV) “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
✓ Happiness is based on external things but joy is based on the internal work of the Spirit.
✓ Unhappiness happens to us all so we need to process our unhappy soul in healthy ways.
✓ The happiest people are living for something larger than themselves.
(Philippians 4:10, 11-12 NIV) “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord… for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
(Philippians 4:4 KJV) “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice
Rejoice: to be cheerful
Cheerful: to shout encouragement.
(Proverbs 17:22 NIV) “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
(Proverbs 15:13 NIV) “A cheerful heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”
(Proverbs 15:15 NIV) “All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
(Psalms 63:3-5 NKJV) “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisﬁed as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.”
(Philippians 4:4 KJV) “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice."
Always: when life isn’t going well.
Again: when life starts going well.
1. Rejoice, God is standing at the guard.
(Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by 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.”
2. Rejoice, God is giving you strength.
(Philippians 4:13 NKJV) “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
3. Rejoice, God is answering your prayer.
(Philippians 4:19 NKJV) “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
(Mark 10:46-52 NIV) “As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.”