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Last week we discussed being filled with the Holy Spirit and how we are to show the world our fruit: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GENEROSITY, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF CONTROL.
- Kindness might be stated as long-suffering.
- Faithfulness might be called generosity·
- Gentleness may be expressed as meekness.
- Self-control may be said to be tolerance.
But do notice that LOVE is always stated first. No doubt none of the others can exist without LOVE.
However, because this is a series of teachings on JOY, and by Touch of Joy Ministry, today we will examine the fruit of JOY.
God desires that we experience, and show JOY. So, today’s teaching / preaching is titled JOY IS A CHOICE.
I said teaching / preaching because I’ve been told that my style of preaching is more a teaching. That’s understandable since in the secular world I was an industrial instructor.
Lets face it, the only Jesus some people will only see is the Jesus in you or in me. Surely, they will only get to know Him personally as they see Him first in us.
The apostle Paul wrote in his epistle, 2 Corinthians 3:2:
Our lives are a letter written on our hearts, and everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly you are a letter from Christ prepared by u7s. It is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God. It is carved not on stone, but on human hearts.
By the way, the Epistles were not the wives of the Apostles as I have heard stated in jest; They were letters written to the churches expounding the Gospel .
Jessie Duplantis, in his book, “The Ministry of Joy,” says, “When the Lord dominates you, true encouragement is unconscious. You’ll encourage others without ever realizing it. JOY is not an emotion, it is a spiritual force that you live with, day in and day out. Your ministry of cheerfulness dosen’t shut down just because tribulation comes.”
Contentment or happiness, comes from satisfaction of one of our five senses, JOY, on the other hand, is not conditioned by external circumstances…