“Good morning! This morning on the prayer line we talked about “Is Jesus the Center of your Joy” Galatians 5:22-23;Romans 14:17; 1Samuel 2:1;John15:1; Luke 15:17; Psalms 16:11. Did you know that being Happy and having Joy are two different components of life? Happy is defined and characterized by good luck, Fortune, enjoying, showing or marked by Pleasure or Joy. Joy is defined: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. The spiritual meaning of joy is an essential Spiritual practice growing out of Faith, Grace, Gratitude, Hope, and Love. It is the pure and simple delight in being alive. Joy is our Elated response to feelings of Happiness, experiences of pleasure, and awareness of Abundance. Joy is one of the fruit of the spirit that is cultivated by the Holy Spirit to form character in a individuals heart. Joy is the natural reaction of the work of God, rather promised or fulfilled. Joy expresses God’s kingdom– his influence on Earth. The spirit production of Joy can manifest in several different ways: 1. The joy of Deliverance: when God sets someone free; rejoicing is in order. 2. The Joy of Salvation: our greatest reason to be joyful is that God wants to save us and spend eternity with us nothing is better than this. 3. Joy of Spiritual Maturity: as the Holy Spirit Works in us to Bear more fruit we become Confident in God’s promises and rejoice in our walk with him and with other believers. 4. Joy of God’s presence: the Holy Spirit draws us to God, and in presence we can know true Joy. Without the Holy Spirit, no one will see God. Like the song by Richard Smallwood says “Jesus you’re the center of my Joy! all that’s good and perfect comes from you. When I’ve lost my direction, you’re the Compass for my way..” That’s true and so powerful. So Today choose Joy: because happiness isn’t Enough. Be blessed and have a Wonderful Joyous Day”
Presented by Michelle Fassett Pastor of Staying Focused Christian Life Ministries
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