ELECT JOY–For Life

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Check this fourth and final message on living with joy forever.  Here’s the outline below and the video above!

ELECT JOY—For Life

(Philippians 4:1 NLT) “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.”

(Philippians 4:4) “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

(Philippians 4:6) “Do not be anxious about anything…”

ANXIETY GENERATORS

  • Our “Worry.”
  • Our “Why?”
  • Our “Who.”

(Luke 12:22-25) “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?’”

(Philippians 4:10-12) “How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

KEY TO JOY–> Make the joy decision every day.

JOY FOR LIFE

  1. Pray about everything.

(Philippians 4:6-7) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

  1. Think about the right things.

(Philippians 4:8-9) “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

  1. Trust God in all things.

(Philippians 4:12-13) “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

(Romans 8:31) “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

The Joy Journey

(Philippians 4:21-23) “Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send greetings. All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

Bottom LINE: Joy wins.

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