Overflow - Part 2: "Joyful Problems"

Series: Overflow

We all face trials.  Be it on a global scale or within our homes, we all encounter things, people, and situations that are heart wrenching.  And where is God in the midst of all of this?  If God is real, shouldn’t He be protecting us from the hard things?  The scriptures have a different take on these questions.  Instead of protecting people from trials, we see a God that is preparing and equipping people to take them on.  What is the secret weapon?  Joy.  Joy is the greatest gift to have in times of trial.  Joy is not like happiness dependent on our circumstances.  It is a foundation in our life that gives us strength.  The amount of joy we have directly correlates to how strong we are.  As we go through trials, we have the opportunity to experience ultimate joy.

Speaker: Zach Thwaits

July 14, 2022

Zach Thwaits

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Overflow

Part 2 – “Joyful Problems”

July 14 & 17

 

 

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

 

Happiness depends on what is happening.

 

“Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.”  —John Piper

 

Nehemiah 8:9–10

Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

God is joyful.

 

James 1:2–4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

“We believe God’s ultimate responsibility is to keep us from trials. But if he does, he’d also be keeping us from ultimate joy.”  —Erwin McManus

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

This week:

  • Silence and Solitude. I will spend ______ minutes in Silence and Solitude this week.
  • Read and reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
  • Journal as you reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

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