Turning Points #23: Rejoicing

PREVIOUSLY on Nehemiah….

  • Reconstruction – wall
  • Re-instruction – the people
  • Reaction – repentance

 

MAIN POINTS

  • Rejoicing – surprising shift from repentance – led (12)
  • Rejoicing – looking back – feast of the booths
  • Rejoicing – looking forward – Zecharriah 14: 14:4, 9, 16-20
  • Rejoicing – new attitude: 2 Chronicles 8:13; Ezra 3:1-4

 

SO WHAT?

  • Link: revival & repentantce & rejoicing
  • Danger #1: joylessness
  • Danger #2: fake joy/self-made joy
  • Happiness vs. The joy of the LORD (‘God brand joy’)
  • Joy of the LORD not hedonism/materialism: Romans 14:17
  • Joy of the LORD not ‘on & off: 1 Thessalonians 5:16

 

HOW CAN I GET THE JOY OF THE LORD?

  1. Right relationship with Jesus: John 15:11
  2. Ask the Holy Spirit – Galatians 5:22
  3. Read HIS word: Jeremiah 15:16

 

QUOTES:

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. Justice Holmes explained his choice of a career by saying: “I might have entered the ministry if certain clergymen I knew had not looked and acted so much like undertakers.” 

‘You must be made miserable before you can know true Christian joy. Indeed the real trouble with the miserable Christian is that he has never been truly made miserable because of conviction of sin. He has by-passed the essential preliminary to joy, he has been assuming something that he has no right to assume.’     Martyn Lloyd-Jones

‘Joy is the rational state of the Christian in view of his spiritual position in Christ.’     Derek Prime

It is important for us to make a distinction between the spiritual fruit of joy and the cultural concept of happiness. A Christian can have joy in his heart while there is still spiritual depression in his head. The joy that we have sustains us through these dark nights and is not quenched by spiritual depression. The joy of the Christian is one that survives all downturns in life.   R.C. Sproul

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