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How About Looking For Joy in All the Right Places…Rejoicing: The Real Deal (9 of 15)
Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
07-04-2010 (July 4th Sunday)
© 2010, Gerald D Branch
The song we just heard which sung by Wayland Jennings and others,
"Looking for love in all the wrong places"…
speaks of how often we look to the wrong things to find joy and peace, and even love…
This is why verse 1 of Philippians chapter 3, reminds me that we've got to
look for Joy in all the Right places.
Philippians 3:1 (NAS) 1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
Today we're actually going to only look at this one verse…verse 1…
So here in verse 1, Paul is saying, "…rejoice in the Lord…"
Let's look at a couple of questions that come out of that…
First, what does that it really mean to 'rejoice in the Lord,'?
Next, why should we rejoice in the Lord?
And then most importantly, HOW do we actually 'rejoice in the Lord'?
What, why, and how.
As we look at that statement,
the first thing we have to deal with, is the 'what'…
This is actually a command.
Oh, rats. Not an option thing…unless we like sinning. Maybe that's why we don't have the joy we'd like to have…we have sins that we haven't dealt with.
But I also believe there's another reason we don't experience the joy we should. We tend to look at joy and rejoicing as an emotional kind of thing…
Don't we usually think of JOY as some sort of
'condition or state of our mind' when something happens
or comes about in our lives that makes us 'happy'?
Hopefully, we can correct that this morning with
a simple understanding of basic theology.
You see, if we are genuine Christians, and not just a Christian
in 'name's sake'…whenever God tells us to do something,
it means that He not only expects us to say
YES, Lord, and to obey and do it,
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