Now, today we want to talk to you about the fullness of joy, how to have fullness of joy, A RECIPE FOR JOY. And what is the recipe for joy? Alright, John chapter fifteen, John chapter fifteen and verse eleven. Now, we've been just coming right through the gospel of John. Last week, we were in John chapter eleven and today is the last in this series in the gospel of John before we begin a brand new series God willing in the book of Hebrews. But I want us to look in John chapter fifteen, verse eleven. Jesus said to his disciples things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you that your joy might be full. Listen to it again. These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full. How to have fullness of joy. A recipe for joy. Joy is the birthright of the child of God. Every child of God ought to have conscience joy. Every child of God ought to have conspicuous joy. Every child of God ought to have continuous joy. Every child of God ought to have contagious joy. Joy is the birthmark of the, the birthright of the child of God. And if you're not living a life of joy you're living beneath your privileges as a Christian. And it's so important that you have joy to win the lost. If you want people to believe in your savior dead friend, the mark of the authenticity of Christ in your life is the joy of the Lord Jesus Christ. They're not all that interested in your creed. They're not all that interested in your doctrines. They're not all that interested in your organizations. They want to know is it working for you and there's nothing more attractive in winning the lost to the LORD Jesus Christ than the joy of the Lord.
I don't want to be in a joyless church service. Now, some people, you know, they, they think that when they get all sad and somber and that is dignified, but the problem with those people is they don't know the difference between dignity and rigor mortis and it's dead, it's dead. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there's liberty and there's that, there's that joy and that peace and that, that uh, what ever it is that makes Jesus Christ real and shine out from us. And not is it, is it the great strength in bringing the lost to Christ, but oh dear friend, what a help, what a benefit joy is serving the Lord. You know the Psalmists said we're to serve the Lord with gladness. Now, serving the Lord like anything else can make you tired physically. And I've said before sometimes I get tired in the work but I never get tired of the work. And the reason why is the joy of the Lord. For the bible says the joy of the Lord is your strength. The joy of the Lord is your strength. Oh, I just feel sorry for somebody who tries to carry the burdens and the load of this life and they don't have that joy to put a spring to a step, to put a beat in their heart, to put a smile on their face, thank God for joy, real joy. I heard about a lady who was in a prayer meeting ...
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