- Do you feel like a Grinch?
- Do you think anyone would describe you as a Grinch?
- Have you ever been called a Grinch?
- believe life is hard.
- believe most people can't be trusted.
- concentrate on what is wrong.
- harbor jealousies
- strive to control life.
- gossip and complain.
So, are you happy?
When we pray, do we spend a lot of time on problems and little time on praising?
Isaiah 9:2-4 Emmanuel: God with us. How great things are when God is with us!
Have you ever felt gloomy, had a bad day; felt everything you do is a failure? Christ wants to bring you out of darkness and into His glorious light. To do something in your life that changes everything, you must rejoice.
Pick up and move on; our joy is in the Lord!
His light pierces every shadow of darkness
Isaiah tells us what joy looks like. He compares it to harvest time. The preparation and sowing is labor intensive; harvest means everything: the labor is not in vain! Rejoice
Joy is not in the struggle of sowing, but in the harvest. Sow in tears, but reap in joy.
That thing robbing you of joy: God will do a work in you. You pray in tears, reap in joy.
Too, Isaiah compares joy to victory in battle, the dividing of plunder and rejoicing in conquest.
James said Consider it pure joy when you face trials.
- Temptation attacks our weak spot, comes from the temptor, or from within.
- Trials come to test strength, and to strengthen; from the Lord.
The joy of the Lord is our strength. Hardships and struggle precede joy.
Advent: celebration of Him whose coming brought light and joy to the world.
Advent: points to His coming again. He will reap the harvest of believers. We are victors in Christ.
The question is:
Is everything good between you and the Lord?
"If you have no joy, there is a leak in your Christianity somewhere."
Pastor Johnnie Blair