There are a lot of things today that can steal away the joy from a family. Yet, God commands us in His Word to rejoice in the Lord at all times. In this message, we learn how to live a life of continual rejoicing, no matter the circumstances.
Growing Your Family with Joy
Growing a Stronger Family – Part 2
Life Church St. Louis – February 19, 2012
Pastor Dan Walker
Philippians 4:4 (NIV) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
1. Choose to _________ not just receive
Acts 20:35b (NIV) … remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
A. Run from ________________
James 4:2 (NIV) You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight.
B. You can be joyful because ________ is with you
John 16:24b (NIV) Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
2. Choose to ___________ not hurt
Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A. Run from __________________
Leviticus 19:18 (NIV) "'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
B. You can be joyful because God has a ______ for you
Romans 5:3-4 (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
3. Choose to focus on God’s _________ not your problems
Colossians 1:11 (NLT) We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,
A. Run from ____________
Proverbs 12:25 (NLT) Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
B. You can be joyful because God will ________ you
Psalm 34:5 (NLT) Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.