Joy

Matthew 11:2-5 “They shall obtain joy…”
2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him,
“Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 4 And Jesus answered them,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame
walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.”
Isaiah 35:1-6a,10
1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Faith Statements
Jesus the Messiah performs the signs of God’s kingdom power.
Jesus offers us abundant life and joy.
Creator, Savior, and Spirit offers us gifts to be accepted and enjoyed.
Joy!
Jesus knew that what the Father in heaven had sent him to accomplish for our sake would supersede all that the prophets had done and foreseen in the past.
Jesus’ atoning death on the cross cancels the debt of our sins and sets us free to live as citizens of his kingdom.
He gives us pardon, healing, and abundant life through his Holy Spirit, and the promise of unending joy with him in his everlasting kingdom.
The Lord Jesus offers us the same assurance of faith and the strength to stand against every force that would try to rob us of our conviction and courage to live and proclaim the good news (the Gospel) of God’s kingdom.
Kay Warren, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough
“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 all right, and the determined choice to
praise God in all things.”
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Reflection questions
How do you understand “settled assurance?”
What is “quiet confidence” mean to you?”
What does it mean to make a “determined choice?”
Sharing
Based on your reflection, let share our wisdom!
Life Application
Based on what I have read, heard from God speaking in this group.
I WILL
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Prayer
“Lord Jesus, strengthen my trust in your word and my hope in the saving power of your kingdom.
Free me from everything that would hold me back from pursuing your kingdom and your will for my life.
May I have a settled assurance and a quiet confidence.
May I make a determined choice to live a life of joy.”
May I accept Your gift of Your Son and our Savior and Your gift of joy.”

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