Fruit of the Spirit – Lesson 4 Joy

Joy - A Result of Abiding

Introduction:
The Holy Spirit can produce a joy in us that truly is “unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8-9). As we abide in Him, His joy will remain in us and our joy will be full.

These things have I spoken  unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:11

This joy is not based on circumstances. It is a joy from within that carries us through even the toughest of times. Happiness can come and go based on what is happening around us, but true joy is always there if we are abiding in Him.

I. The true source of joy

A.  Romans 14:17

B.  Romans 15:13

II. Prayer for joy

A. John 17:13

What was Christ’s desire for His children?

C.  Philippians 2:1-4
What gave Paul joy regarding the believers at Philippi?

III. Joy in trials and tribulations

A. I Peter 3:1-9
Read this passage and list all of the reasons we have to have joy. Don’t our trials pale in comparison to what the Lord has done for us and given us?

D. Hebrews 12:2
Our Lord is the perfect example of having joy even in the greatest trial. How did he respond?

IV. The Word of God is our greatest source of joy

A. I John 1:4
Why was this book written?

To abide in Christ is to be full of His Word. It is impossible to be full of His Word and not have joy.

Conclusion:
The Psalms are full of rejoicing to God. As you read through the Psalms, note all the times of joy and rejoicing that are mentioned.
Read Psalm 16:11
What does abiding in His presence bring?

TO DO: Do circumstances and people rule your emotions, attitude, testimony?  It is so easy to get caught up in things we should not be doing. Yet, missing the things we should be doing. Satan knows our weaknesses. He knows that little comment that can set someone off and ruin their whole day. We are saved. We have Christ. He provides for all our needs. Abiding in Him, produces the joy that helps us make it through the most difficult situation or even day to day living.

Sunday morning is a classic example of where Satan can ruin your joy and spread it around to everyone else you come into contact with. Going to Church is a blessing. You are able to worship in God’s house, tend to His service and be with His saints. It should be a great time of rejoicing. Yet, many times the period between waking up and hitting the Church doors can be a challenge. Between getting yourself ready, the kids and your husband…devotionals…feeding everyone…getting Bibles ready, snack, lesson plans and then finally getting everyone into the car can be so stressful. I have heard so many women with stories upon stories. Satan is geared up for Christians on Sunday morning. He is ready to go. To destroy your joy. You walk into Church, Sunday school class, nursery, etc with no joy. How can the Lord use us? He can’t. You can not witness. You can not be a blessing to another saint. Can you even receive the message? Gear up, be ready, we know Sunday’s coming. We have great anticipation. Start early in the week praying about being ready and not letting go of the joy the Lord can give you. It is there. We give it up. Take an hour Saturday evening to have breakfast planned, lay out clothes and have Bibles ready. Do the Sunday school lesson in pieces throughout the week. It will be so much easier than all at once on Saturday. Don ‘t let comments get you upset. Know and understand that the tempter is ready.

What are some of the things you do to prepare for Sunday service?  Do you have the joy of the Lord?

These Bible lessons were developed and taught by Mrs. Amy Levesque.

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