Summary: The world has joy and happiness directly proportional to circumstances. Real true joy is not dependent on things but rather on the person of Jesus Christ
BAD NEWS TODAY
Vilolence & death around the world
Ukraine/ Russia & Crimea Warfare death of innocents MH17
Nigeria Boko Haram size towns & children
W. Africa Ebola epidemic out of control
Israel/Gaza - Hamas keeps rejecting cease-fire
Iraq Isis murder & butchery
Hurricanes & tornadoes
Flooding & drought
Mark 4:35–41 (AV)
— 35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
John 16:33 (KJV)
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:1 (AV)
— 1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. NIV- "fall away" , GNB- "give up on your faith", GW- "lose your faith"
CHEER In A Cheerless World
1. The Place of Trial, .. ..... "In the world. "
2. The Secret of Victory, .. "I have overcome. "
3. A Word of Comfort, .. ...'Be of good cheer."
- Louie Giglio
"Worry & worship cannot exist in the same space. One always displaces the other. Choose worship."
- Easily broken by itself
- Tied to a nail it can't be broken
It would be easy to be pessimistic about life.
• Economy is down. (Mine)
• Major corporations are falling apart
• Technology is obsoleting many goods
We are in the midst of war.
• Families are in disarray.
• The stock market is out of control
• Leaders are lying
John 16:33 (AV) — 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Matthew 1:20 (AV) — 20 But while he (Joseph) thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 2:3 (AV) — 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Matthew 6:32–33 (AV) — 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 24:3 (AV) — 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?