The Portrait of Joy

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Portrait of Joy:

A Jailer Finds Faith:

Acts 16:22-34 (NIV)
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 
 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God–he and his whole family

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The Joy of Provisions

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Joy of Provisions:

Joel 2:23 (NIV)
23 Be glad, O people of Zion, 
rejoice in the LORD your God, 
for he has given you 
 the autumn rains in righteousness. 
He sends you abundant showers, 
both autumn and spring rains, as before.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)
17 Though the fig tree does not bud 
and there are no grapes on the vines, 
though the olive crop fails 
and the fields produce no food, 
though there are no sheep in the pen 
and no cattle in the stalls, 
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, 
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Romans 14:17-18 (NIV)
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

The Radiance of Joy from God

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Radiance of Joy from God:

Joy that radiates itself

Psalms 34:5 (NIV)
5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Psalms 47:1-2 (NIV)
1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. 
2 How awesome is the LORD Most High, 
the great King over all the earth!

Job 8:21 (NIV)
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter 
and your lips with shouts of joy.

Psalms 97:11-12 (NIV)
11 Light is shed upon the righteous 
and joy on the upright in heart. 
12 Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name

The Expression of Joy to God

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Expression of Joy to God:

Joy expressing itself:

Psalms 63:3-5 (NIV)
3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 
4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 
5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; 
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Psalms 64:10 (NIV)
10 Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD 
and take refuge in him; 
let all the upright in heart praise him!

Psalms 66:1-3 (NIV)
1 Shout with joy to God, all the earth! 
 2 Sing the glory of his name; 
make his praise glorious! 
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

The Promise of Joy

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Promise of Joy:

Proverbs 15:30 (NIV)
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, 
and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 15:13 (NIV)
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Psalms 126:5-6 (NIV)
5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. 
6 He who goes out weeping, 
 carrying seed to sow, 
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

Proverbs 21:15 (NIV)
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Proverbs 12:20 (NIV)
20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.

Psalms 19:8 (NIV)
8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. 
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Isaiah 51:11 (NIV)
11 The ransomed of the LORD will return. 
 They will enter Zion with singing; 
 everlasting joy will crown their heads. 
Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

The Prayer of Joy

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Prayer of Joy:

Psalms 68:3 (NIV)
3 But may the righteous be glad 
and rejoice before God; 
may they be happy and joyful.

Psalms 70:4 (NIV)
4 But may all who seek you 
rejoice and be glad in you; 
may those who love your salvation always say, 
 “Let God be exalted!”

John 16:24 (NIV)
24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Romans 15:13 (NIV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Obedience of Joy

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Day-3/4/14
The Obedience of Joy:

Psalms 119:111 (NIV)
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; 
 they are the joy of my heart.

Proverbs 10:28 (NIV)
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Psalms 119:14 (NIV)
14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches

The Joy of Persecution

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Day-3/3/14
The Joy of Persecution:

Luke 6:22-23 (NIV)
22 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 
 23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.

The Joy of Salvation

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Day-2/28/14
The Joy of Salvation:

Luke 15:8-10 (NIV)
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Songs of Joy

Welcome back to our Fruit of Spirit Series.

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Songs of Joy:

Psalms 5:11-12 (NIV)
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 
12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; 
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalms 28:7 (NIV)
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; 
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. 
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalms 30:4-5 (NIV)
4 Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; 
praise his holy name. 
5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; 
weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.