2017/10/1 "To build your broken walls"

<Nehemiah 1:11>

11."O Lord, I beseech Thee, may Thine ear be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant and the prayer of Thy servants who delight to revere Thy name, and make Thy servant successful today, and grant him compassion before this man." Now I was the cupbearer to the king.

"Houston, we have a problem."
This is the most famous sentence in the history of space travel and is the greatest disaster signal in NASA history, consisting of just five words.

 It was April 13, 1970. Three astronauts, Jim Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise, were in the lunar module - Apollo 13. They were 5/6th of the way to the moon, 200,000 miles from the Earth and 55 hours into their flight when disaster struck.

 An unexplained explosion rocked the ship, leaving them in a permanent tomb in space of less than two hours. The crews were horrified as the cockpit grew darker, the air became thinner and the instruments went blank. Then Captain Jim Lovell got the radio and said "Houston, We Have A Problem." However, this has produced the greatest time in the chronology of space travel.

 This is the message that the Book of Nehemiah is giving us this morning. Nehemiah is a man who is faced with an impossible and unsuccessful challenge. He talks about "His Finest Hour". If you think about it, life is a lot like Apollo 13. You are just looking at the moon, the stars, and the galaxies while you can cruise along the cozy little space ship of your life. You enjoy golf, enjoy a restaurant, and travel until you have a sudden explosion of your life.

 But your spouse says "Houston, we have a problem - I do not love you anymore." The principal says, "Houston, we have a problem - your son is on drugs." After the doctor examines the patient, "Houston, we have a problem - there is something on the X-ray that does not look good." You see the wall of your life collapse in front of your eyes.

 Nehemiah is the expert wall re-builder in the entire Bible. Several years before this book was written, Jerusalem was destroyed. The Jews were deported to Babylon which would be located today in Iraq. And fifty years later, some Jews could return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple.

 In the meantime, Jerusalem itself had sat in ruins. The city walls have been destroyed. The gates had been burned and people were totally demoralized. Everybody said "Houston We Have A Problem" but nobody was saying "I got the solution."

 Nehemiah is one of my favorite books in all of the Bible. This is a great lesson for leadership. John Maxwell described leadership as an influence. Because you all have influence, you are all leaders. If you are a father and a husband, you must be the leader of your house. If you are staying at home, you have to lead your children all day long. You are a leader, about people who work with you, about friends who go with you and about those people you know that you have any influence with at all.

 God has given us a wonderful opportunity for this wall we are keeping today. We now look at the wall of faith that must be renewed for the glory of God. Wall rebuilds can be more difficult than building walls from the beginning.

 In this first chapter, Nehemiah laid the foundation for rebuilding the shattered walls. He teaches us how we face problems and overcome obstacles.

 I would like to explain the process of rebuilding a broken wall in four steps.

1. We are looking at reality of the situation.

“The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, ‘The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.’" (Nehemiah 1:1-3, NKJV)

 Someone said "Understanding the problem is half of the solution" and immediately we see the problem. The city walls have been broken down and the gates are in disrepair.

 We do not build walls to protect our country and our family today. Instead we use fences, gates, alarm systems and radar. There is an invisible wall throughout our country in an organization called NORAD (The North American Aerospace Defense). The NOARD center is located at the Peterson Air Force Base in El Paso County, near Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a 24-hour system that monitors the status of space satellites, nuclear missiles and strategic bombers on the planet. Can you imagine what could happen in this country, if those communications were destroyed and the computers malfunctioned?

 It happened in Jerusalem. Walls were the only means of protecting the city. In fact, there was no protection. Historically, Jerusalem has been attacked from time to time. And every time the enemy attacked the city they destroyed Walls first. Broken down walls were the disgrace. It was a disgrace to God Himself, as well as a shame for His people.

 Jim Collins wrote a book called “Good to Great”, one of the great books on leadership that has been written over the last 20 years. In that book he explains how only a handful of good companies have become great companies. Jim Collins says one of the reasons for the company to develop into a good company in a difficult situation is the willingness to confront the brutal facts. We must do it right now in our church. We need to rebuild the walls. Within a 20-minute radius of this church, there are hundreds of thousands of people staying around broken down walls. They have nothing to do with the church. These are the walls that need to be rebuilt. Within 20 minutes of this church, there are houses that are broken down by walls of homes, walls of finance, walls of relationship and spiritual walls.

 Within twenty minutes of this church, home after home after home there are marital walls falling down, financial walls falling down, and spiritual walls falling down.

 When you face brutal facts in your life, you suffer unimaginable psychological pressure. You begin to have terribly financial pressure to lose your job. The doctor recommends that you're gonna do an MRI to be extra careful.. You are afraid to meet a doctor.

 I was amazed at the fact that there are children in the United States who have a learning disability to one out of seven parents. One in eight children has a mental or emotion problem. One out of ten is child on drugs or alcohol. One out of ten is dealing with a pregnant teenager.

 One of the first lessons we learned from Nehemiah is that you cannot solve a problem that you run away from. You cannot get the right answer until you ask the right question. That's why Nehemiah was with his brother.

2. We share the responsibility for the situation.

“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, 'please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses." (Nehemiah 1: 4-7)

 The most important word in understanding today's text is the pronoun used by Nehemiah. He used the word "they" instead of "we". If all you do is try to find the blame and fix it on somebody else, you will never be able to solve the problem. Today, people are more interested in avoiding responsibility than solving their problems.

 Nehemiah could have easily said, "It's their problem and let them deal with it. I have nothing to do with their work. I have never even seen Jerusalem. I do not even know who lives there."

 Have you shared responsibility for something you did not participate in? Have you ever been angry at something not directly related to you? If you are going to rebuild walls, you've got to be willing to feel what others feel and walk where other people walk.

 Somebody uses a soccer analogy and says, "The winning coach remains in his position and notes the situation in detail, but the defeated coach goes out to the ground." The winning leader checks the gap of the wall, and the leader lost the game leaves the wall.

 We look around and see walls in my own community crumbling and falling apart. The church will help heal the wounded, give hope to hopeless people, and become a spiritual home to the lonely. How can you help them?

3. It's a step to get leadership for the situation.

"So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven." (Nehemiah 1:4)

 When Nehemiah heard about the state of Jerusalem, the first thing he did was prayer. At that point, he could do nothing but prayer, because at that time, he was in the wrong place with the wrong job working for the wrong person.

 The important lesson we learn from Nehemiah is that whenever we face a broken wall, the first place we must look for is the place of prayer.

Jeremiah said: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'” (Jeremiah 33:3)  

 Nehemiah prayed like this.

"Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.' (Nehemiah 1:8-9)

 He recounts a promise that God had made earlier to the people who were facing broken down walls.

 He talks about God's relationship with his people. "They are Thy servants and Thy people." (1:10) He told God. These are your people. These are your servants. These are your responsibilities. These get lost unless you save them.

 Nehemiah could not rebuild the city walls without the help of the king. He needed three help from the king to rebuild the walls. 1) He needed permission from the king. The king gave him the task of ruling the city. Likewise, if the king allows, he has the right to rebuild the walls. 2) He needed the protection of the king. When the enemies of Jerusalem hear that Nehemiah will rebuild the city walls, they will interfere and try to kill Nehemiah. 3) He cannot rebuild walls without bricks and money. He needs the financial help of the king.

 In other words, if you want to share the reality of the situation with someone, you have to admit that the first thing you need to do is not be able to do it apart from God. You must seek God's help. What can you do when the walls you face in your life collapse? I can say the answer. All the things you pray for are things that you depend on God. Every broken wall you face in your life is God's way to let you focus on Him.

4. It is the stage to stand as a resource in the situation.

 "O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." For I was the king's cupbearer. (1:11)

 Now there is a surprising twist in this story. Nehemiah says he is "the king's cupbearer". In ancient times, the king believed the most believed person as "the king's cupbearer". At that time, "the king's cupbearer" had to check the king's drink or wine for poison, before the king drank it. He drank countless wines and soups on behalf of his king. But he lived long without any problems! So Nehemiah was an incredibly influential person. 

 He was the second most powerful man in the kingdom as the most trusted person in the kingdom. God called the person to rebuild the city walls. He never knew how to rebuild city walls. He was not a contractor, nor was he a builder, but he was the right man in the right place at the right time for the right job.

 When God wants to accomplish his work, he always puts them in the right place at the right time. So Nehemiah says, "Make your servant successful today." He didn't pray for a miracle. He prayed for an opportunity.

 If you want God to respond to your prayers, you must be part of the answer. If you are responsible for the salvation of unbelieving friends, it is not enough for you to pray for them. You must pray to them to have the opportunity to speak about your faith in Christ.

 Nehemiah did not pray for God to rebuild the wall. He prayed for an opportunity to rebuild on his own. This is the difference between dreamers and leaders. Dreamers dream about things being different. Leaders determine to make a difference.

 There is a cost to be born and a price to be paid in rebuilding walls. And he was willing to pay the price and carry the cost that in fifty-two days those walls were rebuilt, the gates were restored, and the people were rejoicing.

 In every person's life there is a time called a Nehemiah moment. It is the moment when your car is in a lane, where only two or more people can ride. During rush hour, one lane earns time and the other loses time. At that moment you have to decide whether to serve yourself or to serve God. You have to decide whether to put treasure on earth or treasure in heaven. You have to decide whether you are more interested in your comfort or more about his kingdom. We can see his greatest ability in the selection and concentration of Nehemiah. On the contrary, there are no problems that people can't solve, but there are people unwilling to solve them.

 Reality accuses. Houston, we have a problem. It’s on this property a massive project before us. It is an unbelievable opportunity given to us by God Himself to take buildings. You have been called to leadership in building walls by participating in the lives of others in everyday life, home, work, and leisure. God has given you immense influence for that work.

 There was Nehemiah's prayer and dedication in rebuilding the ruined walls, but there is one important fact that we should not forget, that God helped Nehemiah. It was because of God's help and providence that Nehemiah could become the king's cupbearer. Through Nehemiah, God brought Nehemiah to the position of the king's cupbearer to rebuild the city walls of Jerusalem that had long ago collapsed.  

 Even when Nehemiah was appointed governor of Judea, God moved the king's heart to help Nehemiah (2:8) and helped him to complete the task safely, until the broken walls rebuilt. (6:16) The walls rebuild would be said to have been the result of God's help. Nehemiah was able to rebuild the broken wall because of his prayer and dedication and diligence, but we must not forget that there was God's providence and help in doing the work behind him.


9/24/2017 “Kill them with kindness”

<Mark 10: 13-16>

13.And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them.
14.But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15."Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it [at all.]"
16.And He took them in His arms and [began] blessing them, laying His hands upon them.

After Confederate General Robert E. Lee retired from the military, he was appointed president of the Washington Academy in Lexington, because of a gift from George Washington. The name was changed to Washington & Lee University in commemoration of General Robert E. Lee in 1871.

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When Lee was president of the University, a new student came to the office and requested a copy of the school's rules and regulations. The president said to the student, "Son, we do not have any rules and regulations in print." The young man said, "You mean this school has no rules?" Lee replied, "Yes, we have only one." He said, "What is it? Lee replied, "Our only rule is kindness."

We are living in a society where kindness becomes an increasingly rare commodity. Not long ago, the front page cover story of U. S. A. Today began with this observation.

A surly driver will cuts into your lane. Your teenager brings home a CD that contains a sensational and hostile song. Political candidates in TV shows are suddenly turned into convicted murderers. A radio talk-show jockey insults the President while he is sitting right there for a baseball game. The world is becoming increasingly rude.

We have become a society in which the soft kindness of human beings has become hardened. An overwhelming number of Americans, 89% in a U.S. News & World Report poll, and three out of four Americans say "the United States has become increasingly unfriendly in the last decade."

You can search the kindness by accessing the internet. I have found, among many things, that there is now “a not-for-profit organization" called “The Kindness Society.” It says, "We are striving to spread kindness by following a simple rule: Do not think, speak, or act unkindly toward others."

Well, everybody is living day by day with regard to kindness. Mark Twain said. "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read."

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What is kindness? The word itself literally means "good," "helpful," "suitable". It literally means "to be gracious to others." Kindness is that you treat others as God treats you, as the Bible says in Ephesians 4:32. "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you."

Jesus not only shows us kindness, but also teaches us important lessons about the kindness God expects of us. In this case, we learn what kindness we need to practice.

1. We can treat others kindly.

I always read and study leadership. I want to be the best possible leader, and I want my kindness to motivate others to do the hard work well.

The best example of it is Jesus.

"Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them." (Mark 10:13)

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Everyone imagined that the Lord, who walked on water, healed the sick, raised the dead, and fed the multitudes, had no time to appease the baby and the children. But Jesus acted differently than people imagined.

"But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.'" (v.14)

You will never find, Jesus in his life, where He ever turned anybody away. He always had time for them, whether it was for friend or foe and kindly spoke to them and acted kindly.

The Lord Jesus has come to an unkind world. It was literally a dog-eat-dog, every-man-for-himself world. There were no organizations of mercy, mental institutions, hospitals and orphanages. But when Jesus came, he poured "milk of human kindness" into every bowl of human suffering.

Remember that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and was kind. Psalm 117:1-2 says, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! for His merciful kindness is great toward us."

Undoubtedly, one of the hardest parts of the Bible is that it commands us to love our enemies. Look at Luke 6:35, "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Highest."

God is kind to sinners. God is also kind to the Saints. Think about this.

It is God's kindness that saved us. God's kindness sent His Son to die for my sins.
"But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." (Titus 3:4-5)

God's kindness leads me away from sin to salvation. God's kindness reserves a home in heaven for me.

The children who came to Jesus in Mark 10 seemed the littlest and the least. But Jesus treated each one like the king of the universe. Now when Luke talks about this incident, he says he has brought little babies, newborns, as well as little children.

I think that is so important because we have to handle with people's emotions in a way we handle little babies—with kindness, gentleness, and tenderness.

You know one of the great lessons of leadership. That tenderness can motivate to do things that toughness never can.

I would urge you to do it quickly when you have the opportunity to be kind to others. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."

2. We share kindness in speaking to others.

You have a friendly kit that you carry around everywhere you go. It is called the tongue. I hope you never underestimate the power of just a kind word. An old Japanese proverb says, "One kind word can warm three winter months."

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Now look carefully at what the Lord Jesus has done with these little children. Jesus did not just take them up. Jesus took them up in His arms and laid His hands on them. And he gave them a quick kiss, blessings and sent them on their way.

It is not a coincidence that Jesus "took them up in His arms and laid His hands on them." When those babies and those children felt the touch of the Lord, even their mother's love could not be like the kindness that flowed through His touch.

3. We can communicate kindness in relationships with others.

We all know the song: "Jesus loves the little children." What you seeing in this verse is love to act, which is exactly what kindness is. I Corinthians 13:1 said: "Love is kind." 

Sometimes love is delivered in kind words. Sometimes love is read as a friendly note. Sometimes love feels like a kind touch

You can confront wrong doing. But you can bring correction in a situation. You can tell the truth without being unkind. We are to share kindness with our words.

Someone once wrote this. “God is looking for people who are willing to participate in acts of love and kindness to those outside of their present circle. He is looking for people who believe that a humble demonstration of love plants a seed of eternity in the hearts of others that will blossom into faith in Christ.”

In Matthew 8: 3, there is one of the most amazing statements in in all of the Bible that if you just read it on your own, you really wouldn't pay that much attention to it. A leper came to Jesus, and bowed down to Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."

The most horrible disease in the Bible is leprosy. In fact, leprosy is a picture of sin. Leprosy was the AIDS of the Bible world. In verse 3 we read this amazing statement. 

"Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.' And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." (Matthew)

"Why is there such a wonderful statement? Jesus has healed a lot of people." It is not an amazing healing. The surprise is that Jesus touched him. It is the first time in the entire Bible to hear the story that anyone touched a leper. It was a friendly touch without question.

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Dr. Paul Brand was a leprosy expert. Leprosy is a terrible disease except in the early stages. A leprosy patient does not feel physical pain. In fact, that's the problem. Because the leprosy bacilli secretly kills the patient's nerve cells. The patient does not feel pain at all in the case of leprosy, but his body is damaged without him knowing.

A leprosy patient can walk on the sharp metal screws all day long. He can drive a nail through his hands. He can even drive a nail into his eyeball and never actually feel any pain. But the pain that the leper felt in the Bible was not particularly physical, but personal and social. They have been rejected by the community. They were all expelled from the village.

Dr. Brand told of a bright young man being treated in India. In the course of the examination, Dr. Brand laid his hand on this young man's shoulder and told him through a translator of the treatment he was going to give him to cure his leprosy. The next moment the man burst into tears. Dr. Brand asked the interpreter, "Have I said something wrong?"

The interpreter asked the young man why he was crying. The translator turned to Dr. Brand and said, "Dr. Brand, the reason he is crying is because you put your hand on his shoulder. In all the years he has had leprosy, you are the first person who has ever reached out and touched him."

There is a world out there that is covered with the leprosy of sin. God wants to use us to reach out in the spirit of kindness and touch those people and love those people and bring those people to God. The way we can reach out to them and touch them is to "kill them with kindness".

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9/17/2017 "The source of the five joys of Christians"

<1 Peter 1: 8-9>

8.Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
9.for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

It is something that we all do, regardless of whether we are childs or senior adults, because the doctor tells us that it is a good medicine for stress relief, headache treatment, infection control, and managing high blood pressure.

In fact, when we engage in this activity, physical effects are well documented, many of which include muscles in the abdomen, chest, shoulders and elsewhere; Exercises about heart rate and blood pressure increase.

In one burst of this activity, the pulse doubles from 60 to 120 and systolic blood pressure rises from 120 to 200 normal. At the same time as stopping this activity, heartbeat and blood pressure and the stress are reduced again. Now with this activity you can laugh again.

Laughter is good for you, and laughter is healthy. Solomon knew that. He said: "A cheerful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22) But as you know, we are not always easy to laugh. We are laughing because what makes us happy. But we do not always laugh because we are not always happy.

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However, there is the rapture of the soul, and the rapture beyond happiness. It is called joy. Now there is a huge difference between joy and happiness.

You cannot be happy unless you are happy. But you can be joyful without being happy. Happiness is external. Joy is inside. Happiness depends on external circumstances. Joy depends on inner character. Happiness depends on what happens to you. Joy depends on who lives in you. Happiness is based on chance. Joy is based on choice.

The word "happiness" comes from the old English word "happ" which means "opportunity." It has the same meaning as the Latin "fortuna" which means “luck”. We are happy when things happen as we want. But we are not happy if it does not work the way we want. Happiness is temporary and fickle. But joy is permanent and settled.

One of the greatest and most attractive qualities both churches and Christians can have is joy. I hope our church will be known as "the joyful fellowship". I hope people will find joy when they come to our church.

Christianity is always a celebration of joy. C. S. Lewis said, "Joy is a serious business of heaven."

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We exist in joy. Always have joy. The word "joy" or "joyful" is used 250 times in the Bible. The word "rejoice" is used in the Bible 200 times. So we are told to joyful and rejoice 450 times in the Bible.

We should rejoice that we can rejoice over our rejoicing. When you get around God at all, you're going to be filled with joy. Because "In His presence is fullness of joy."

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” (Ps. 5:11)

I would like to say that a joyless Christian is a slander against Jesus Christ. Billy Sunday said: "If there is no joy in your religion, there is a leak in your Christianity."

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Do you know why Jesus gave the teaching? He said in John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

When you get Jesus, you get the fullness of joy and glory that you cannot express in any words.

The Apostle Peter talks about this joy in the first chapter of his first epistle. He says that if we know the Lord Jesus Christ, we can find joy in at least five places.

1. Peter says there is joy in salvation.

In v.2 Peter calls us the "elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father." We have been chosen to be a part of God's family. He also says: And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1Peter 1: 8-9)

There is no greater joy than the joy being saved knowing that you are saved, and knowing what you have because you have been saved. We have not been given salvation to endure, we've been given salvation to enjoy. Isaiah said: "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." (Isa. 12:3)

The Greek word for joy is "chara". The Greek word for grace is "charis". Both words come from the same root. God's grace always brings God's joy. For the grace is the root of salvation. Joy is the fruit of salvation.

The great composer Haydn was asked one day why his sacred composition was causing them joy.

He said: "I cannot compose anything without it. For I translate into music the state of my very heart. When I think of the grace of God in Jesus Christ, my heart is so full of joy that the notes fairly dance and leap from my pen."

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Have you ever stopped to think of what is true of you if you are saved? Have you ever thought about the benefits package that comes with salvation?

All of your sins are forgiven. You are a child in the family of God. You are guaranteed a home in heaven. God is always with you in the Holy Spirit. You have received eternal life. You cannot die. God works everything out for your good. God will hear and answer your prayers. You will live forever with Jesus and His people.

You need to set a bell of joy that rings in your heart! That ought to be the ring of your heart! How do we walk the path of glory? How to make a glory roll? Everywhere you go you sing it and say it. In your heart is a joy of radiant salvation, because you are born again.

2. Peter says there is joy in sanctification.

After the crisis of salvation comes the process of sanctification. Peter said in verse 2 that we are not only elect, but we are also "in sanctification of the Spirit." In other words, there is not only a joy to be saved, but there is also a living joy within it.

Now I would like to teach you something about salvation and how it relates to sanctification. There is no one and nothing to rob you of your salvation. In verse 4, Peter said that we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade -- kept in heaven for you.”

But there is someone and something that can take away the joy of your salvation. That someone is you, and that something is sin.

Sorrow cannot take away your joy. The sickness cannot take away your joy. Suffering cannot take away your joy. But there is one thing that can take away your joy: it is sin. The only thing that can take away your joy is your sin.

After David confessed his sins with Bathsheba and asked God for forgiveness, he said in the Psalms 51:12: Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

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As you know, sorrow follows sin just as surely as night follows day. If you are tied up in sin, you will suffer. But as soon as you close the curtain of sin and obey God, the joy of salvation begins to shine out of the window of your heart.

3. Peter says there is joy in serving.

"Salvation and sanctification lead you to service. Peter said that we were not only elect, we're not only sanctified, but we've been sanctified "for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood." (1Peter 1:2)

One of the main reasons many Christians have no joy in their lives is because they are not doing anything for God.

One day Charles Spurgeon said: "I cannot be happy unless I am doing something for God."

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This makes you bear fruit. Jesus said in the Gospel of John 15:5: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Healthy trees bear fruit. A happy tree is only a healthy tree. A healthy tree is a tree, a fruit tree. The same thing is true of a Christian. If you are healthy you will bear fruit. It is the fruit of good works.

A psychologist at Stanford University tried to prove that real joy only comes when we are productive and fruitful in our lives. This researcher hired a man who was a logger. He said: "I will pay you double what you get paid in the logging camp if you will simply take the blunt end of this ax and just pound this log all day.”

However, this man worked for half a day and he quit. The psychologist asked him: "Why did you quit?" The logger said, "Because every time I move an ax I have to see the chips fly. If I don't see the chips fly it's no fun."

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I think that there would be many Christians who are taking the dull end of their ax, simply banging away on logs that are no heavenly good. They produce no fruits because of no joy.

4, Peter says there is joy in suffering.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith -- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire -- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1Peter 1: 6-7)

I cannot explain this easily. It is that God's joy shines even in the midst of the darkness of suffering. This was a common experience for every disciple.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 7: 4: "In all our troubles my joy knows no bounds."

James said: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2)

Joy can swim in the stormy waves of suffering long after happiness has downed. You know, what happens to you cannot take your joy. But joy can be taken from you by how you respond to what happens to you.

Dr. R. A. Torrey is one of the great Bible teachers of the 20th century. But when his 12-year-old daughter was murdered, Torrey and Mrs. Torrey had a great time of heartbreak. The funeral was held in a depressing and disastrous atmosphere. They stood around the grave as the body of their precious little girl was buried on the ground. As they turned, Mrs. Torrey said: "I am so glad that Elizabeth is with the Lord and not in that box."

But even if this were true, the parents' heart was broken. Dr. Torrey went out walking the next day alone. Sadness overwhelmed him while he was walking. He felt a heartbreaking pain, thinking that he would have to live a lonely life that could be in the next few years without the presence of his beautiful, precious daughter.

He was so burdened by this that he looked up into the heavens. But at that moment, the joy of the Holy Spirit dwelling in his heart began to erupt. The power of the Holy Spirit he experienced at that moment had never experienced before. and it was the most joyful moment he had ever known in his life.

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This world can take away a lot from you. It can take away your most precious wealth as well as your relationship with your most precious person. But there is one thing the world can never take from you. It is eternal life. And there is another thing that the world can not take away from you. It is your relationship with Jesus Christ.

5. Peter says there is joy to surrender.

Peter goes on to say: "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy." (1: 15-16) There is no greater joy than completely surrendering to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

London Buckingham Palace has been used as the office and home of the British royal family since 1703. Whenever the Queen is staying in the palace, Royal Standard of the United Kingdom is always waving. Whether or not the queen is there can be seen in front of the flags at the top of the palace. That is correct. When the King Jesus is staying on the throne of my heart, the flag of joy flies from my face.

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If you were to take a fish and place that fish on the beach, you would watch his gills gasp and his scales starting to dry. Now is that fish full of joy? Absolutely not. How would you give that fish joy? If you covered him with a mountain of cash, would that make him joyful? No. What if you got him a beach chair, some sunglasses, a Coca-Cola, would that fill him full of joy? No.

Do you know how to fill that fish with full of joy? Just put him back in the water. Do you know why that fish can never have joy on the beach? Because he wasn't made for the beach, he was made for the water.

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I would like to say that if we do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we cannot have joy on earth. You were made to know Him. You were made to love Him. When you want to give your life for Jesus, Jesus will give you everlasting joy in your life.

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