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Take Time To Rejoice! (8 of 13)
Series: Book Of Nehemiah
INTRO: It is not healthy for an individual to never be happy or joyful ... God never intended for us as Christian to be miserable or always filled with guilt feelings. Some people really struggle with their relationship to God because they can never seem to feel good about how God feels about them!
When they hear a message about forgiveness they immediately respond by thinking, "Yes, I need to confess more" instead of hearing how wonderful it is that God has forgiven and forgotten their sins!
They forget that the word GOSPEL itself means, "Good News" or verses like: "There is therefore NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE IN CHRIST..." or "All things are possible..." or "We are more than conquerors..." (Greek: word in Romans 8?37 is "?pe?????µe?" ("hupernikomen") meaning, "SUPER CONQUERORS") or "All things work together for good to those who love the Lord" or "God so loved..." or "Who shall separate us from God's love ... NOTHING SHALL!"
Some believers never believe anything good! They live out their life in Christ in fear and discouragement and because they are so down on themselves they often are down about other Christians as well. Misery loves company as the old saying goes!
ILLUS: The glum, sour faces of many Christians. ... They rather give the impression that, instead of coming from the Father's joyful banquet, they have just come from the Sheriff who has auctioned off their sins and now are sorry they can't get them back again. -- Helmut Thielicke, Leadership, Vol. 1, no. 4.
This joyless life kills all sense of motivation, so fruitfulness turns into fruitiness and fruitlessness, they are miserable when other believers are so happy! They feel cheated; but they have really cheated themselves!
PROP. SENT: God desires his people to know HIS JOY! The very strength of our faith and our fruitfulness comes from God's joy in our lives as a character tra ...
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