The Birth of Joy
December 20, 2020
No one will ever take your joy from you. (John 16:22)
He appeared in order to take away sins. (1 John 3:5)
Behold, I bring you good news of GREAT joy. (Luke 2:10)
“I have called Christmas—and this little book—’the dawning of indestructible joy’ because the joy Jesus was bringing into the world was like no other kind in history. Once we have it, it cannot be destroyed.”—John Piper
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. (Philippians 1:12-14)
What does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice. (Philippians 1:18)
1. You can awaken joy by being bold in your faith.
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)
2. You can awaken joy by being eternally minded.
Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2)
3. You can awaken joy by being Christ focused.
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”—John Piper
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.