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Windows Of Joy
 

Joy and happiness is something, which everyone is looking for in their lives. Some happiness and Joy last only for a few moments, but I believe you are looking for joy that is Eternal, which can come only from the Lord.

The world cannot provide the joy and happiness, which we are looking for but surely the word of God can make it complete.

John 15:11
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Here we see because of the Lordís joy in us makes our joy complete, bible is clear that through the lord alone we can have the eternal joy in our life.

Today weíre going to learn how to have the real joy that can bring happiness in our lives.

1. Word of God gives joy.

Jeremiah 15:16
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.

Jeremiah was delighted in the word of God. Bible says when it came to him he ate it, Jeremiah was surely in love with the word of God. He was so excited and his heart was filled with a great joy.

Isaiah 61:10
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Again we see Isaiah was rejoicing over the relationship that he has with the Lord and he praises God for how much he has taken for him and the blessings that he has received.

How is your walk with God today? Can we say like these prophets about your relationship with God?

Brothers and Sisters where does your joy comes from?

Proverbs 15:13
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

What are you delighted in? Does the word make you excited?

Psalms 19:8
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

How is your bible study, have you completed the whole bible in your Christian life?

Do something radical to be an awesome Christian. Itís time for us to get in the word, which gives eternal joy.

Does earthly things makes you joyful? (Movie / Food / Sports etc.)

Earthly things cannot give the joy.

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Philippians 3:19
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.

Job 20:5
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

Proverbs 14:3
A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

2. Tears & Prayers brings Joy

John 16:24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Here we see it is a promise by God that when we ask God surely he will bless us. God alone can make our joy complete.

What have you been asking God lately? Believe, it will be given, youĎll be blessed.

What are your prayers like?

Psalms 126:5
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

When we shed tears it moves God, and it becomes a blessing for us. Itís a promise that it will become a joy. Your tears are the joy when you shed it for others. (Lostness /others problems)

Hebrews 5:7
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

Talks about even Jesus shed tears in his prayers and his prayers were heard. Itís time for us to have some radical prayers with tears for our people and for the nation so God can change everything upside down.

Is your joy based on results? (Baptisms / Ministry / Visitors)

Does your title brings you the joy?

What about sufferings and persecution?

1 Peter 4:12-13
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.


James 1:2-4
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


Suggested Scriptures for reading Ė

Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."

Acts 8:8
So there was great joy in that city.

1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

Psalm 132:16
I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy.

Psalm 16:11
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Isaiah 12:3
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

In conclusion letís make a decision to get the real joy and happiness comes from the lord and through the tears for the lost.