His Nature — Untouchable Joy

April 14, 2024   /   One Life Church

His Nature Untouchable Joy

Jason Hubbard

Galatians 5:19-21 BSB – The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and sorcery; hatred, discord, jealousy, and rage; rivalries, divisions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

2 Corinthians 3:18 BSB – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Romans 8:8-11 BSB – Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.

Galatians 5:22-26 BSB – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying one another.

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Joy does not come from “good” circumstances, acquiring things, financial security, or social status. It should not be reduced to a momentary dopamine hit.

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Nehemiah 8:10 BSB – Then Nehemiah told them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send out portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Hebrews 12:2 BSB – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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1. Joy comes from a close, personal relationship with the Father.

Genesis 5:24 BSB – Enoch walked with God, and then he was no more, because God had taken him away.

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2. Joy comes through the worship of obedience to the Father.

Philippians 2:8 BSB – And having been found in appearance as a man He humbled Himself, having become obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

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3. Joy comes in accomplishing the will of the Father.

John 5:30 BSB – “I am able to do nothing of Myself. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My will, but the will of the One having sent Me.”

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4. Joy comes from what is eternal.

Luke 15:7 BSB – “In the same way, I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who do not need to repent.”

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5. Joy comes from the reality that salvation has been provided and secured.

Psalm 51:10-12 BSB – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence; take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.

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