Christmas is Joy Series: Christmas Is…

Ecclesiastes 3 KJV1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?HAPPINESS vs. JOY• EXTERNAL • INTERNAL• CIRCUMSTANCES • ATTITUDE• WHAT HAPPENS TO US • WHAT HAPPENS IN US• CHANCE • CHOICEThe choice to rejoices comes when our attitude is:1. I am assured that God is in CONTROL of every detail in my life. 2. I have STRENGTH from God to face anything that comes in my life. 3. I am BLESSED by God no matter matter what happens. 4. I have the CONFIDENCE that ultimately everything will be alright. Galatians 5:22 NIV – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,Joy Busters:I. You will never be Joyful if you are FEARFULMatthew 1:18-25 KJV -18 Now the birth of JesusChrist was on this wise: When as his mother Mary wasespoused to Joseph, before they came together, she wasfound with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph herhusband, being a just man, and not willing to make her apublic example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 Butwhile he thought on these things, behold, the angel of theLord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thouson of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: forthat which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 Andshe shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his nameJesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Nowall this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spokenof the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shallbe with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall callhis name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God withus. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angelof the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son:and he called his name Jesus.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Luke 1:26-38 KJV – 26 And in the sixth month the angelGabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, namedNazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose namewas Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s namewas Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said,Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she sawhim, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mindwhat manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angelsaid unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favourwith God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thywomb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of theHighest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne ofhis father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house ofJacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeingI know not a man?35 And the angel answered and saidunto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and thepower of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore alsothat holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be calledthe Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, shehath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is thesixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For withGod nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Beholdthe handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thyword. And the angel departed from her.Worry is always a feeble attempt to control theUNCONTROLLABLE.II. You will never be Joyful if you are RESENTFULJob 5:2 GNT – To worry yourself to death with resentmentwould be a foolish, senseless thing to do.III. You will never be Joyful if you are not TRUSTFULMatthew 2:1-12 KJV – 1 Now when Jesus was born inBethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king,behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? forwe have seen his star in the east, and are come to worshiphim. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he wastroubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he hadgathered all the chief priests and scribes of the peopletogether, he demanded of them where Christ should beborn. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea:for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem,in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes ofJuda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rulemy people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily calledthe wise men, enquired of them diligently what time thestar appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, andsaid, Go and search diligently for the young child; andwhen ye have found him, bring me word again, that I maycome and worship him also. 9 When they had heard theking, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw inthe east, went before them, till it came and stood overwhere the young child was. 10 When they saw the star,they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.11 And when they were come into the house, they saw theyoung child with Mary his mother, and fell down, andworshipped him: and when they had opened theirtreasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, andfrankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in adream that they should not return to Herod, they departedinto their own country another way.Psalm 23:1-3 KJV – 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall notwant. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: heleadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul:he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’ssake.Romans 8:14 CEV – Only those people who are led byGod’s Spirit are his children.Psalm 77:19 NLT – Your road led through the sea, yourpathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no oneknew was there!I Thessalonians 5:16 KJV – Rejoice evermore.Romans 5:1-2 NLT – 1 Therefore, since we have been maderight in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with Godbecause of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this placeof undeserved privilege where we now stand, and weconfidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.Psalm 51:12 KJV – Give me again the joy that comes fromyour salvation, and make me willing to obey you.Joy Builders: 1. CLEANSING 2. COMMITMENTRomans 5:3-4 NLT – 3 We also boast of our troubles,because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance brings God’s approval and his approval creates hope.Romans 8:28 NIV – And we know that in all thingsGod works for the good of those who love him,who have been called according to his purpose. 3. CONFIDENCERomans 5:1-2 NLT – Therefore, since we have beenmade right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord hasdone for us.