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April 5, 2017
FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MORE THAN ANYTHING !
JESUS SAYS, "THAT YOU WOULD BEHOLD MY GLORY . . .THAT MY JOY, MAY BE MADE FULL IN YOU !"
WE ARE HIS GLORY !
[ Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving ] At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers.
[ Psalm 21 ] [ For the choir director: A psalm of David. ] How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence.
And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.
When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.”
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message.
The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.
You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.
but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.
The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.
When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”
In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.
Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.
It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success.
The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
[ Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy ] “In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”
I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.
It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world.
So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.
You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.
As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!
You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—
So there was great joy in that city.
When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.
And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.”
The church sent the delegates to Jerusalem, and they stopped along the way in Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers. They told them—much to everyone’s joy—that the Gentiles, too, were being converted.
And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message.
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
[ Faith Brings Joy ] Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.
1 Corinthians 7:30
Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions.
1 Corinthians 11:15
But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.
2 Corinthians 2:3
That is why I wrote to you as I did, so that when I do come, I won’t be grieved by the very ones who ought to give me the greatest joy. Surely you all know that my joy comes from your being joyful.
2 Corinthians 6:10
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
2 Corinthians 7:5
[ Paul’s Joy at the Church’s Repentance ] When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.
2 Corinthians 7:7
His presence was a joy, but so was the news he brought of the encouragement he received from you. When he told us how much you long to see me, and how sorry you are for what happened, and how loyal you are to me, I was filled with joy!
2 Corinthians 8:2
They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.
2 Corinthians 9:12
So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
2 Corinthians 13:11
[ Paul’s Final Greetings ] Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
Where is that joyful and grateful spirit you felt then? I am sure you would have taken out your own eyes and given them to me if it had been possible.
As Isaiah said, “Rejoice, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into a joyful shout, you who have never been in labor! For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband!”
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,
[ Paul’s Joy That Christ Is Preached ] And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.
Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.
Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Welcome him in the Lord’s love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve.
But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,
1 Thessalonians 1:6
So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 2:19
After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you!
1 Thessalonians 2:20
Yes, you are our pride and joy.
1 Thessalonians 3:6
But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you.
1 Thessalonians 3:9
How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence.
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Always be joyful.
2 Timothy 1:4
I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.
You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”
You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
[ Faith and Endurance ] Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.
1 Peter 1:6
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.
1 Peter 1:8
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
1 Peter 4:13
Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
2 Peter 1:17
when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
1 John 1:4
We are writing these things so that you may fully share ourjoy.
2 John 1:12
[ Conclusion ] I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.
Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy
John 16:20-24 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. 21 It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way tojoy because she has brought a new baby into the world. 22 So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundantjoy.
3 John 1:4
I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
[ A Prayer of Praise ] Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.