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The Secret of Joy (4 of 6)
Series: Be All You Can Be
John 15:1-5, 11
Today do you know that full joy that Jesus died and rose again to give everyone of us? He said "I came that you might have life, but that you might have it more abundantly." You know Jesus not only came to add years to our life but He came to add life to our years. He said, "...I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." Jesus was a man of joy. Jesus was a man who would have been comfortable in this service today, worshipping the Father with joy and celebration, praise, and thanksgiving. And I just love a service like this where we can experience the joy of Jesus Christ. But He wanted us to experience that joy every day that we live. So He said I have spoken these things to you, that you might retain my joy, that you might receive my joy, that you might express my joy, that you might experience my joy.
John 15:1-5 (KJV) "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
What things had Jesus said unto them? Well, He is referring to what He said beginning in verse 1, He gave the analogy of the vine and the branches. Jesus said the key to joy is not in wealth. We know many people who are wealthy, who have all that the world has to offer and yet their wealth has not brought them joy. Joy is not in fame. It is not in having the accolades of the world. Elvis Presley had all of that, Marilyn Monroe had all of that, John Belushi had ...
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