Today Scott talks about joy – Finding joy in all the circumstances of your life.
HAPPINESS: The agreeable sensation which springs from the enjoyment of good.
Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace.
JOY: The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good, that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire.
The Old Testament Hebrew word most used was masos or sason (noun) which is: to leap, spring, exult, spin, sing, or shout.
The New Testament Greek word most used was simchah or chara (verb) which is: gladness, cheerful or delight.
Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.”
Ecclesiastes 7:14 “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; yea, God hath made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out anything that shall be after him.”
Isaiah 35:10 “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy on their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
- There are 66 chapters in Isaiah, same as the number of books in the Bible.
- The first 39 chapters are about judgment, same as the Old Testament’s 39 books.
- The last 27 chapters are about comfort/assurance just like the New Testament’s 27 books.
John 16:21-22 “When a woman is in labor she has pain, for her hour has come. Yet when she has given birth to her child, she doesn’t remember the agony anymore because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. 22Now you are having pain. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you!”
You can not create, make or produce joy.
- 50% of our income or time goes for our needs; shelter, food, clothes, utilities…
- 20% goes to savings or payment of loans;
- That leaves 30% for our wants.