Monday, March 25, 2013

INDESTRUCTIBLE: "Indestructible Joy"

Here are the notes from yesterday's message at New Life Community Church.  Third message in the series INDESTRUCTIBLE entitled "Indestructible Joy".  If you wouldl like to listen to this message, you may do so by going to our website at  God bless!

Indestructible, Part 3                                                                         Sunday, March 24, 2013
 “Indestructible Joy”

15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.  Hebrews 7:15-16 (NASB)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

How do you face pain?  I remember when I was a kid, the worst words I could hear were “Just wait until your father gets home.” 

What would you be thinking if you were facing death by torture tomorrow?

Let’s look at Jesus.

31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  John 16:31-33 (NKJV)

16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?

20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.  John 16:20-21 (NIV)
Illustration:  Pain and Joy of Childbirth
22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.  John 16:22-24 (NIV)

1.     Joy is built on what you SEE.

34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.  Hebrews 10:34-36 (ESV)

A Mighty Fortress in Our God

            Let goods and kindred go,
            this mortal life also;
            the body they may kill;
            God's truth abideth still;
            his kingdom is forever.


Example:  Matthew 14:22-33.  Jesus walking on the water and Peter coming to Him also walking on the water.  “Be of good cheer.  It is I; do not be afraid.” (vs. 27)

  Cross references:

  1. Hebrews 10:34 : [ch. 13:3; Matt. 25:36; 2 Tim. 1:16]
  2. Hebrews 10:34 : See Matt. 5:12
  3. Hebrews 10:34 : 1 Pet. 1:4
  4. Hebrews 10:35 : ch. 2:2; 11:26
  5. Hebrews 10:36 : ch. 12:1-7; Luke 21:19; Rom. 2:7; 12:12; See Matt. 10:22
  6. Hebrews 10:36 : ch. 13:21; [1 John 2:17]
  7. Hebrews 10:36 : ch. 11:39

2.     Joy brings BENEFIT to everyone.

17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.  Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

3.     Joy releases POWER.

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10 (ESV)

Cross references:

  1. Nehemiah 8:10 : Esth. 9:19, 22

Matthew Henry:  “The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.”

John Piper:  “I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God.”
Check out the internet concerning “The Joy of ….”
The joy of math
The joy of chocolate
The joy of cooking
The joy of gluten-free, sugar-free baking
The joy of sex
The joy of painting
The joy of pickling
The joy of working
The joy of not working
The joy of socks
The joy of hate

24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.  Hebrews 11:24-26 (ESV)

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  I Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

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