Fighting for and Finding Joy

Joy is one of those things we’re all searching for. No matter where we’re at in life, we all seem to want the same thing: to be happy.

As Americans, it’s even one of our founding rights—the pursuit of happiness. And we look for it everywhere.

We’ll look to a person to find joy. Often thinking, if I could just find the perfect spouse. If I could have a family. If I could find an awesome group of friends…then I would have joy.

Or we’ll run to our job or a status in the hopes of finding joy. And if I could just get this promotion, a certain position, a specific amount of followers…then I would have joy.

We run after money and stuff. If I had this thing, a bigger house, a nicer car, a better that, if I just had more of…then I would have joy.

Or we’re waiting for a certain day to come. It’s like, I just can’t wait until the day that I graduate, get married, have a baby, retire, win the lottery. (It doesn’t hurt to dream, right?) When that day comes I’ll be so happy. Then I’ll have joy.

But here’s the truth: We might find joy for a moment, especially in the wonderful blessings that come from God himself, but yet even with the best of things, the joy never seems to last. I’ve found that once I get exactly what I want, I often feel like I did opening presents on Christmas Eve as a kid—like, now what?

Have you been there?

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The Source of Joy – podcast

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

We must never neglect our Savior. Our joy depends upon it. Today, R.C. Sproul calls us to abide in Christ, the source of ultimate and consistent joy.

2 Reasons Christians Lose Their Joy (And What To Do About It)

Faith Alone in Christ Alone in Our Churches

How did you first become a Christian (if you are one)? Remind yourself of the story. Now ask yourself this: did I become a Christian after I’d sorted my life out, or by putting my faith in Christ? That’s Paul’s challenge to the Galatians in 3:2–3:

I would like to learn just one thing from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?

We all have different conversion stories. Some are dramatic, some gradual. Many of us struggle to name a date. But common to them all is faith in Christ. Salvation is not something we achieved. All we did was reach out to receive it as a gift from God.

Our problem is that we all too easily forget this. We forget that we received the Spirit through faith and not as a reward for our works. We forget that left to ourselves, we were powerless to change. And so we go back to our old ways. We start trying to live the Christian life ‘my way.’

We try to be acceptable Christians by keeping a law. We think what makes us righteous is attending the prayer meeting, being able to quote Bible verses, leading a moral life or responding emotionally in corporate worship. Our prayers or our tears, we think, make us acceptable Christians. Then we look down on people who don’t measure up to our standards. Or we become anxious when we don’t measure up. We live like slaves instead of sons.

The Galatians are returning to legalism and losing their joy. So this is an invitation to rediscover joy. If your life lacks joy, then this is for you. I don’t mean being happy all the time–sometimes life is painful. But even in those moments we will find comfort in God. If you can’t find that comfort or if you’ve lost your fizz, then listen up. Here’s a diagnostic for a lack of spiritual zest.

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🎶 Joy Of The Lord” by Rend Collective


Why You Need To Be Singing Sad Songs At Your Church

How Can I Keep from Singing?

Although worship can’t be contained in one expression such as music, it is evident from scripture that singing is a significant response to God’s revelation (Ps 63:5; Eph 5:19; Col 3:15-17). One of my former seminary professors once joked, “People who don’t sing should be sent to Sing-Sing until they do sing.”

Reggie Kidd wrote, “Think of singing as a language that allows us to embody our love for our Creator. Song is a means he has given us to communicate our deepest affections, to have our thoughts exquisitely shaped, and to have our spirits braced for the boldest of obediences. Through music, our God draws us deeper into a love affair with himself.”[1]

When writing about the future of Jerusalem, the minor prophet Zephaniah wrote, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph 3:17). So if the Father is singing over me, then how can I keep from singing?

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Joy & Peace

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

As we grow in grace, we begin to understand what we should be happy about as Christians. Today, R.C. Sproul inspects the spiritual fruit of joy and peace.