7   DECISIONS OF A HISTORY MAKER

DECISION 6 WK6

Paul

HISTORY MAKERS CHOOSE TO COUNT IT ALL JOY

THIS IS THE JOYFUL DECISION
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, .....  (Matthew 6:25a NKJV)
 

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. (James 1:2-4 NKJV)

JOY IS A CHOICE
This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24 NKJV)

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHOOSING JOY AND EXPERIENCING HAPPINESS
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)

JOY IS YOUR STRENGTH
Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10b NKJV)
 

WHERE DOES JOY COME FROM?
1)  GOD IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF TRUE JOY
----Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3 NKJV)
Five false sources of joy
People
Places
Possessions
Position
Personality


2) JOY IS A CONVICTION THAT  COMES FROM YOUR MEDITATION 
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24 NKJV)

MEDITATE ON HIS WORTH
In  Your presence is fullness of joy; (Psalms 16:11 bNKJV)

MEDITATE ON HIS WORD
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, . (Jeremiah 15:16b NIV)

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (Psalm 19:8 NIV)

The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.   (Psalm 19:8 MSG)

MEDITATE ON HIS WORKS
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. (Psalm 92:4 NIV)

God ’s works are so great, worth A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment! (Psalm 111:2 MSG)

MEDITATE ON HIS LOVE
Praise God, everybody! Applaud God, all people! His love has taken over our lives; ! (Psalm 117:1-2b MSG)
 

3) JOY COMES FROM MY FOCUS
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV)

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. (Acts 16:25, 26 NKJV)

4) JOY COMES FROM PRACTICING GRATEFULNESS 
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! (Proverbs 15:23 NKJV)

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