TGR-05: Deep, Deep Joy

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Question: How do we develop unconquerable joy?

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Hebrews 12:2

Joy is not a thing we find in the external world. It is a thing released from within us. Which is why God has to break who we think we are, so we can see — and be seen and known — as we truly are.

Perspective

  1. Child-ish Joy (surface): Pleasure
    • I am getting what I want
  2. Child-like Joy (deeper): Growth
    • I am getting what (I think) I need
  3. Christ-like Joy (deepest): Service
    • I am giving God what He wants (of-for-from me)
    • He is giving me what (He thinks) I need
    • I am fulfilling His purpose (for me)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28

Process (Fruits of the Spirit)

  1. Love: Prioritizing what God wants over what I want
  2. Joy: Doing my part to fulfill God’s purpose
  3. Peace: Knowing I will get what He thinks I need
  4. Patience: Not being dependent on others doing their part
  5. Kindness: Accepting others as they currently are
  6. Goodness: Focusing on my character rather than my results
  7. Faithfulness: Ensuring others can trust me to do my part
  8. Gentleness: Showing others who God wants them to become
  9. Self-Control: Becoming who God wants me to be

“Those who truly love me are those who obey my commands. Whoever passionately loves me will be passionately loved by my Father. And I will passionately love you in return and will manifest my life within you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:21‬ ‭TPT‬‬

My brothers and sisters, when I first came to proclaim to you the secrets of God, I refused to come as an expert, trying to impress you with my eloquent speech and lofty wisdom. For while I was with you I was determined to be consumed with one topic—Jesus, the crucified Messiah. I stood before you feeling inadequate, filled with reverence for God, and trembling under the sense of the importance of my wordsThe message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sway you with persuasive arguments but to prove to you the almighty power of God’s Holy Spirit. For God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in his almighty power.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

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