Rejoice in the Lord Alway: Beware of the “Kill-Joys!”
As we continue in reconstructing our thinking, we must be aware of things that try to kill the Joy that God has placed inside of us. This morning we explore a great reminder of frequent “Kill-Joys” that pop up in our lives and why we need to avoid them!
Ephesians 5:15-17 (KJV)
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Philippians 4:4-13 (KJV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
5 Kill-Joys to Watch Out For
1. Lack of a devotional life. It’s hard to rejoice in the Lord when you don’t take time to know who He is.
2. Unthankful spirits. Ingratitude focuses our hearts and minds on our needs rather than on our blessings.
3. Dreaming outside the will of God. When our spirits become burdened with the difficulties of life, the grass begins to look greener anywhere that we are not.
4. Comparing yourself with others. Comparison always leads to ingratitude, pride, or discouragement.
5. Impure thought. A pure heart is a happy heart, and an impure heart is an unhappy heart.