“The Joy of Jesus”
by Pastor Kent Munsey
October 22, 2017
Philippians 3:2-6, MSG
Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they’re interested in is appearances—knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do it. We couldn’t carry this off by our own efforts, and we know it—even though we can list what many might think are impressive credentials.
Steer clear of the dogs. Apostle Paul describes the religious people in the New Testament as “barking dogs.” Like packs of wild dogs, they are all bark and in places they shouldn't be. These “barking dogs” will become joy stealers if you allow them to undermine your passion and efforts to serve God. Don't let someone bully their way into having a voice in your life.
Paul describes the “real believers,” in contrast, as those who serve God and praise him constantly. In the New Testament, joy was how Christians were identified, what marked them as unique.
How to be a Joy Keeper, not a Joy Stealer:
1. Joy Stealers are known for being critical; Joy Keepers are worshippers
2. Joy Stealers are fickle; Joy Keepers are faithful.
3. Joy Stealers are doubtful; Joy Keepers keep their eyes on Jesus
Psalm 16: 11
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Action Item: What are you allowing to rob you of joy? Choose to hold onto your joy instead.