Message Series: Chasing “Chasing Joy”
“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. You’ll find nothing in that definition about happy feelings, because, as we all know, happiness is fleeting and temporary. We tend to think that life comes in hills and valleys. In reality, it’s much more like train tracks. Every day of your life, wonderful, good things happen that bring pleasure and contentment and beauty to you. At the exact same time, painful things happen to you or those you love that disappoint you, hurt you, and fill you with sorrow. These two tracks — both joy and sorrow — run parallel to each other every single moment of your life” (Rick Warren).
- Read Philippians 1:12-19
- List as many of the different possible ways you can think of in which a person could respond to unfair circumstances (i.e.: anger, self-pity).
- Then think about why Paul chose to rejoice, to “bloom” where he was planted.
- Write down your thoughts.
- According to Philippians 1:19, though Paul is limited in his own abilities by his current chains, what are two elements that he knows are at work on his behalf?
- What did Paul encourage his readers to do? (4:4)
Additional Scriptures regarding Joy: James 1:2-3, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 21:5-7, 1 Thessalonians 3:9
- What in your life keeps you from the joy of Jesus in your life?
- Does living for Jesus ever get hard? Why?
- What can you do to help each other during times when we are letting other emotions lead us?
- Where can we turn to when we are feeling we have no joy in our lives?
- Do you ever feel like anger, fear and disgust seem to be your driving emotions? If so, what do you need to do to get joy back in your life?