Sunday July 6th, 2014 – There are many trials in life like unsatisfied expectations, unresolved conflict and unrepented sin that attempt to take away the joy in our lives. However, the Lord calls us to maintain joy in all areas of life. This call to joy requires a sincere trust in the sovereignty of Jesus Christ in our lives.

Trust God every day and ask Him for His joy. Get His joy back in your life.  – David Jackson

• One thing that is missing in life today is JOY.

Joy Busters:

  1. Unsatisfied Expectations
  2. Unresolved conflict
  3. Unrepented sin

Define Joy:
Joy or Chara is a deep and abiding inner rejoicing which was promised to those who abide in Christ and obey His commandments. It does not depend on circumstances because it rests in God’s sovereign control of ALL things.

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Philippians 3:1 “Finally brethren, rejoice in the Lord.” Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”

• Don’t allow anyone to take your joy

John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may

be full.”

Psalm 52:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by your generous spirit.”

Maintain joy in trails

James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Knowing that the testing of

your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and

complete, lacking nothing.”