Arrival | Week 3 | Dec 13, 2020 | Pastor Scott Borman
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world… 3 And everyone went to his own town to resister. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. 7 She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
• Joy is a choice
Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
• Joy is produced in you
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
• Joy is your strength
Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some of those who have nothing prepared. This day is scared to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.
• Joy is defined by the truth
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down—when we die and leave these bodies—we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.
2 Corinthians 5:1
…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
KEEP YOUR JOY BY…
• Laughing more
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
• Giving more
Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
• Pursuing Him more
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.