Joy Is an inside Job
Galatians chapter 5 verse 22. Be finding it here, in just a moment. Galatians chapter and verse 22. We'll share that with you in just a moment. Before you, I before you read it; before I read it to you, I I want to ask you a question. How long do you believe you could smile and keep on smiling without stopping? How long could you hold a smile on your face? Do you know what the Guinness World Book of Records is? 10 hours and 5 minutes. A little lady named Lisa Lester, a little girl, smiled for 10 hours and 5 minutes without breaking that smile. She broke the old record of 7 hours and 32 minutes. And then she had to stop smiling. And that is illustrative of what I'm talking about, dear friend. I'm going to be talking tg to you today about joy that goes far beyond a smile. A smile is outward. Joy is inward. A smile at its best can last a few hours. Joy is eternal.
As a matter of fact, do you know what the shortest verse in the Bible is? You say, Oh, I know that. It's Jesus wept. You're wrong. Jesus wept is the shortest verse in English, but not in Greek. In Greek, the shortest verse is 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 and verse 16, which says, Rejoice evermore. Not 10 hours. Rejoice, rejoice evermore. And I want to talk to you today about how to have fullness of joy. And I'm going to remind you that joy is an inside job. And I want to show you even before I get into the message the difference between pines and joy. Ha, because we live in a generation that's seeking happiness. Don't worry, Be happy. Everybody thinks that's good advice. That's terrible advice. Uh, dear friend, you're not to be happy all of the time. You'd get tired of being happy all of time even if you could be happy all of the time. What's the difference happiness and joy? Happiness depends upon what happens. And therefore we call happiness, we call it happiness. If your hap is good, you're happy. If your hap is bad, you're unhappy. But if you p ...
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