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Finding Joy in a Storm Tossed World

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Sermon shared by Gene Gregory

November 2004
Summary: How to find joy in the midst of difficulties
Tags: Joy (add tag)
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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After sinning with Bathsheba, David didnít lose his salvation, but He lost the joy of his salvation. Unconfessed sin in your life will steal your joy. I remember as a boy, walking through some of the pine forests in North Florida, hunting with my uncle. In some of the forests we walked through, we often saw trees with large gashes cut into their sides and pans placed under those gashes. The cuts in those trees were designed to cause the sap to drain and the pans caught the sap so their could collect it and make turpentine from it. My friend, every unconfessed sin in your life acts like another gash, slowly draining your joy Ö
3. DISCONTENTEDNESS & DISTRACTIONS will steal your joy.
> Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
Always wanting more.
4. DISCIPLINARIANS will steal your joy
> Romans 6:14 : Ö you are not under the law, but under grace.
Some people cannot enjoy freedom in Christ, so they live with a bunch of rules & regulations & put that same stuff on other people because they canít stand to see them happy either. Paul talked about some of those. He said life is not made up of what we eat, or drink or donít eat & drink. The Christian life is not made up of rules and regulations.
I get so ticked when I see folks telling new believers that if they are going to be good Christians they canít wear shorts or skirts shorter than this, or they canít have their hair longer than this, or they canít watch this or that, etc.
5. DISCOURAGERS will steal your joy
You often hear, ďThere are 2 kinds of people in the world. Those who see the glass Ĺ full and those who see the glass Ĺ empty.Ē I believe there is another. The discourager who complains that it isnít bottled water. You know the ones. The people who have who have rejected joy and have decided to be victims. My friend, you and I are called to minister to those people, but if you are around them too much they can pull you down and steal your joy. I believe thatís one of the reasons Jesus often left the crowds and went off to be alone. He could only give so much before He needed to have His batteries recharged by the Father.

II. KEYS TO A JOY-FILLED LIFE
1. Connect to the source of joy
- John 15:5 You must become a Christian
2. Confess your sins Ė Get that barrier to joy taken care of.
3. Think on the good things
> Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Discipline your mind to look at life from a biblical perspective. To a large extent, joy flows from a certain kind of thinking.
>Psalm 16:8-9 I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will
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