12-13-2015 “MY SPIRIT REJOICES IN GOD MY SAVIOUR!” Luke 1:47

In today’s message Bro. Leo continues our study of God’s Holy Spirit by looking at the source of Biblical Joy.  To understand what the Scriptures are talking about when they say “Joy” we must first understand the difference between Joy and Happiness.

Joy is a deep inner gladness of heart and it’s only source is God’s Holy Spirit.

Happiness, on the other hand, is an emotional reaction to circumstances, therefore the source of happiness is circumstances.

Rejoicing is an outward expression of a deep inner gladness of heart.

What I’m about to share with you is a personal experience of “Joy in the Lord” that I had yesterday.  I believe it will help us all better understand what the Scriptures are talking about when they say “joy”.

Yesterday morning I found my wife on the toilet slouched against the bathroom wall.  Her eyes were open, but she was not responsive to anything I said to her.  The circumstances brought fear to me, but while I was praying with her God’s Holy Spirit gave me these words “Lord Jesus we trust You with our complete being and we know You are in complete control and what ever happens next will be for our best”.  Although I did not know how things would turn out I had “joy” in my heart because I knew they would turn out for our best.

The EMS took my wife to the hospital where the doctors could not figure out what the cause was for this episode.  What ever it was Jesus took care of it for us, because within an hour or so my wife was back to normal.  I praise Jesus for the “joy” He filled my heart with and I’m happy she is ok now.  My spirit truly “rejoices in the Lord”.

We know the source of “Joy” is the Holy Spirit, because the Scriptures tell us in gal. 5:22.  The Holy Spirit brings “Joy” to us in two ways, 1) through the revelation of God (The Bible) and 2) through the presence of God (Matt. 2:9-11).

God desires us to enjoy our relationship with Him.  For this to ever happen we must seek the power of His Holy Spirit in us.  We can be saved and not have the power of His Holy Spirit (remain worldly by relying on our own power, strength and knowledge) or we can be saved and seek the power, strength and wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit and experience “Joy” in the Lord.

Scriptures used in today’s message:

Luk 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luk 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Luk 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Luk 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Luk 1:49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luk 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Luk 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
Luk 1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luk 1:45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Luk 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luk 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Mat 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
Mat 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Mat 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Neh 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

 

 

 

 

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