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Lost the Joy (4 of 5)
Series: Let Us Adore Him
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Well, Christmas, as Don says, it's almost here - two days away! And Christmas always comes and the holidays always come with songs of joy. You know, Christmas is all about joy. "Joy to the World." We sang that. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Merry gentlemen. We talk about Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's the season to be jolly.
But I want to ask you a question. What if you're here and you don't have any joy in your heart. You're just down in the dumps. I mean, you're just discouraged. You've gone through a hard time in life, maybe just recently or maybe this whole year as you're kind of winding down the year. You're just down, and you're thinking, I just want to get through the holidays. Have you ever heard people that? "Well, what are you doing?" "Well, we're just trying to get through the holidays." You know, I don't think that's why the Lord came to this earth, so we could kind of endure it and get through it. And when we celebrate Christmas, it's not designed to be something that you just, "Oh, I'm just trying to get through it." It's designed to be something that you enjoy. But the truth of the matter is, it is easy for you, it's easy for me to lose the joy, the joy of the Christian life. That's one of the great promises and the great benefits of being a Christian are that there would be joy, great and abundant joy. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy. Do you have joy today or has life kind of caved in on you? Have the pressures and problems and difficulties of life caused you to lose your joy?
We are in a series on worship. We've called it, "Come, Let Us Adore Him." And we want to talk about joy today, because real worship always has joy, because real worship enters into the presence of God. And the Bible tells us in Psalm 16, "In His presence is fullness of joy." Jesus told His disciples after He'd talked to them and saying, ...
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