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Help: More Joy More Strength: Nehemiah 8:10

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Then he said to them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because your strength [comes from] rejoicing in the Lord.”
Nehemiah 8:10 (CSB)

1. WHAT IS JOY?

And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
1 John 1:4 (ESV)

I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.
John 15:11 (CSB)

…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:17 (CSB)

2. WHERE DOES JOY COME FROM?

“… Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
John 15:4; 11 (NLT)

3. HOW CAN I LIVE JOYFULLY?

A. Overcome Courageously

Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various

trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4 (CSB)

B. Give Generously

God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (CSB)

C. Devour Enthusiastically

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.
Jeremiah 15:16 (NIV)

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not

burdensome…
1 John 5:3 (NIV)

D. Overflow Spiritually

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)

And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:52 (CSB)

E. Serve Passionately

F. Share The Good News Confidently