Today I Choose Joy
2 Corinthians 11:24-27
16 times Paul mentions the “mind” or “our thoughts.”
What I cannot control must NOT control me.
I cannot my circumstances, but I can control my outlook.
The Joy Outlook:
1. Paul didn’t focus on himself but on the mission of Christ.
“And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the gospel. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.” -Philippians 1:12-14
“But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice.” -Philippians 1:18
2. Paul’s “joy tank” required constant refilling.
“For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” -Philippians 1:19
No jail can keep prayers out and no locked door can keep the Holy Spirit from working within us.
Jesus doesn’t just rule over our chains, but He also rules through our chains.
We can find perspective through prayer and the Holy Spirit.
Qualities of the Holy Spirit for believers:
He is only for believers (JN 14:17)
He reminds believers of God’s Word and what Jesus said (JN 14:26).
He help convict the world of sin (JN 16:8).
He’s guide believers into truth (16:13).
The Spirit has no new message but only help us understand God’s Word (JN 16:13).
3. The opposite of joyfulness is NOT sadness.
The opposite of joy is shame and fear.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:!3