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Summary: We can’t always be "happy", for happiness is based on happenstance [circumstance], but we can always find joy in: The Scriptures, Salvation, Service, Sorrow, and Soulwinning. Free Powerpoint template at website.

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Count It All Joy

James 1:2

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James makes it sound so easy. "My brethren, count it all

joy when ye fall into divers temptations" (James 1:2). the "all"

here means everything that could possibly come our way. Paul

urged the Thessalonians, "Rejoice evermore" (I Thess. 5:16). He

told the Philippians, "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I

say, Rejoice" (Phil. 4:4).

Jesus said of His disciples, " . . .And these things I speak

in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in

themselves" (John 17:13). John said, "And these things write we

unto you, that your joy may be full" (I John 1:4).

Let us notice five areas of joy.

I. JOY IN THE SCRIPTURES

There was great singing for joy when Pharaoh and his army

were drowned in the Red Sea. Hannah said, "My heart rejoiceth in

the Lord . . ." when little Samuel was born (I Sam. 2:1). Naomi

was thrilled and rejoiced when Boaz took Ruth as his wife.

Israel shouted for joy when Saul was crowned king. The streets

were filled with women singing and shouting for joy when David

killed the giant and the soldiers came home.

There was a time of great joy and celebrating when the

captured Ark of the Covenant was brought home to God’s people.

All Israel joined in the rejoicing at the dedication of the

Temple. Nehemiah led the people in a time of great joy when the

city walls were finished. Esther, Mordecai and all the Jews were

filled with joy when Haman hanged on his evil gallows. The birth

of Christ was an occasion of joy to the angels, the shepherds,

Mary and the others.

When the prodigal son came home, a joyful celebration was

held. The followers of Jesus cried, "Hosanna" or "Joy to the

Highest," when He rode into Jerusalem. There was great joy at

Pentecost. The impotent man leaped with joy after the healing of

his body. Paul and Silas rejoiced and sang praises at midnight

in the Philippian jail.

On and on the story goes. The Scriptures are filled with

incidents that brought joy to multitudes.

II. JOY IN SALVATION

When Philip brought revival to the city of Samaria, many

turned to Christ, and we read, "And there was great joy in that

city" (Acts 8:8). In the story of the prodigal son, we clearly

see the joy of salvation. Notice, first, the father’s joy. "his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on

his neck, and kissed him" (Luke 15:20). This pictures God,

"not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to

repentance" (II Pet. 3:9). The Lord rejoices when sinners come

home.

Notice, too, that the neighbors and friends rejoiced. He

called them to come and rejoice with him.

Thirdly, see the angels of Heaven rejoicing. They really

get excited in Heaven over one repentant sinner. " . . .joy

shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over

ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance" (Luke

15:7).

Then, notice the sinner’s joy. What a relief and blessing

to get the load of sin off your back! This poor, sinful boy came

back fully expecting to be a bond servant, but ended up as a son


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Zenaida Aguilar

commented on Aug 14, 2012

Great sermon. Thou we are experiencing lots of trials, failures and disappointments, if we truly trust God, we could remain being joyful especially in serving HIM.

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