Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Joy to the World, the Lord has come
by Erik Momsen
Our world and many seated here are in the grip of anger, frustration, fear, pain and hopelessness. That is quite normal for the world, but not inevitable for you. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the form of Jesus of Nazareth, invaded this world to bring relief to all suffering who are willing to turn to Him for comfort. He issued this invitation when the greatest invasion of the world took place:
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel.....saying "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests." (Luke 2:10,13)
Good news, great joy and peace are surely the opposite of anger, fear and frustration. The arrival of Jesus holds out to all the promise of comfort and relief. The relief comes from trusting in God's Kingdom and not our human strength. He has good news where we are "hearing only Bad news on Radio Gaga".
The issue is our decision not to live like sons of earth but sons of heaven. It is about life in the Holy Spirit not a life in the spirit of this world.
"For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17)
DO THIS TEST
Is anger, fear and frustration not the opposite of - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self control ?
Are these things not called "the fruit of the Spirit" ?
JOY - A LITTLE WORD WITH GREAT PROMISE
Joy is not often used in the Bible, but has great meaning. It is used most often in relation to the birth of Jesus and has a great effect on Mary and Elizabeth. Mary is promised, "He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of His birth." (Luke 1:14). And Elizabeth responds, "As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy". (Luke 1:14, 23-44)
• Elizabeth is filled with the Spirit at Mary's presence.
• The baby John leaps for joy.
• Elizabeth prophesies.
WHY THE JOY AND PEACE IN MARY AND ELIZABETH ?
God is active in their lives and they respond correctly. Elizabeth spends 5 months in seclusion, a time of praise for what God has done. (Luke 1:24). Elizabeth is prepared in her spirit. Mary's complete acceptance of what God has for her is her key to great joy where it could have been a time of unbelief, fear and shame. (Luke 1:38)
OUR SOURCES OF JOY
PRESENCE OF GOD
- Psalm 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
- Psalm 21:6 Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
WORD OF GOD
- Psalm 19:8 The percepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
- Psalm 119:111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - A GIFT
- Psalm 45: 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF SALVATION
- Psalm 51: 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
GOD CONSOLES HIS CHILDREN - COMFORTS
- Psalm 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
- Psalm 97:11 Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.
- Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
THE ACTS OF GOD
- Psalm 126:3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
- Luke 16: 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
JERUSALEM - THE KINGDOM OUR HIGHEST JOY
- Psalm 137:6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.
Date Added: 2001-12-11
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