Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
May 13, 2012:                                        "J.O.Y!"  
Sun AM Worship             Jesus First, Others Second, Yourself Last!

Text: 1 John: 1:1-4 (King James Version)         

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                       The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

I want to talk to you today about joy in spite of any circumstances. You know it's going to be a bad day when you call your answering service and they tell you it's none of your business. When you put your pants on backwards and they fit better. Been there, done that. You know it's going to be a bad day when your horn goes off accidentally behind a group of Hell's Angels on the freeway. When you sink your teeth into a beautiful steak and they stick.

You see, I've learned, Every relationship needs joy... not happiness.

Happiness: Joy:
Happiness is external. Joy is internal.
Happiness is based on chance. Joy is based on choice.
Happiness is based on circumstances. Joy is based on Christ.

 

In God's word, one of the first things apparent to me is that God wants his people to be joyful. In fact, I think one of the great paradoxes of life is that as I look at the Christian community, I see a lack of joy. I just scratch my head. We ought to be the most joyful people in the world. We have hope. Amen?

 

1 John 1:1   That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1 John 1:2   (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

1 John 1:3   That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:4   And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

 

Let's pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.  

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

Nehemiah 8:10   Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:11   So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.

 

Matthew 6:19   Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

 Matthew 6:20   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:21   For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:22   The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

 

John 16:20   Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

John 16:21   A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

John 16:22   And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

John 16:23   And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

John 16:24   Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Matthew 6:25   Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Matthew 6:26   Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Matthew 6:27   Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Matthew 6:28   And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

Matthew 6:29   And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Matthew 6:30   Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 6:31   Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Matthew 6:32   (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Matthew 6:33   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Psalms 30:4   Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalms 30:5   For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalms 30:6   And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

Psalms 30:7   LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

Psalms 30:8   I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.

 

Psalms 126:5   They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Psalms 126:6   He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

 

Matthew 25:14   For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who  called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

Matthew 25:15   And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Matthew 25:16   Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

Matthew 25:17   And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

Matthew 25:18   But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

Matthew 25:19   After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

Matthew 25:20   And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Matthew 25:21   His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.