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Who is Jesus Christ? (8 of 16)
Series: Joy for the Journey
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
May 13, 2007
We're learning together on these Sunday nights about JOY FOR THE JOURNEY! Hey folks ... we ought to be the most joyful people in Cobb County! Do you know what we forfeit by losing our joy? Strength! Strength for holiness! Strength for pleasing Him! Strength for serving Him!
Do you remember back in Nehemiah 7 when the captives had returned to Jerusalem after the wall around the city was completed. Then in chapter 8 .. Ezra stood on a platform and read the Book of the Law from morning to midday. Listen to how they responded to God's Word in 8.6, "they answered, 'amen, amen,' while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground." And then Ezra said to them in 8.10b, "... Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, 'Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.' And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoiced greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them."
"... for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Our strength for worshipping and serving and pleasing God is supplied by our joy! Joy is the juice that gives us strength! Where there is a little joy ... there is a little strength. Where there is much joy .. there is much strength. Our strength is in proportion to our joy!
Now you tell me how important is our joy? Learn this: we are only as strong as we are joyful! No wonder the Holy Spirit led Paul to devote an entire book of the Bible on the subject of JOY FOR THE JOURNEY!
Last time together from Philippians 2 .. we learned that the more self-surrendered we are .. the more like Jesus we are. And the more like Jesus we are .. the more joy we have. But on the other hand ..the more self-centered we are .. the less like Jesus we are. ...
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