Category: Heart to Heart Date Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 By: Vicki Lewis

Joyfulness PCHE Talk

Definition: “Joyfulness is the bright spirit and radiant countenance that come by being in full fellowship with God.”

Joyfulness comes how? By being in full fellowship with God.
*Psalm 16:11: “In Your presence is fullness of joy.”
*Jesus said that we could “…rejoice, because your names are written in the book of life.” Luke 10:20.
*Our joy can be diminished if sin in our lives clouds our relationship with the Lord.
*In that case, we would need to pray as David did, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” Psalm 15:12 (Restore = rebuild, renew, repair)
*Paul also reminded us that joy was the result of our relationship with God, when he told the Galatians that “The fruit of the Spirit is … joy” among eight other evidences of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.

Ask yourself: Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to have access to this joy? Do your children?

*Considering the Scriptures above, does my joy come from or depend on my circumstances? No.

*How would you draw your joy chart for today or this past week?
*Does my joyfulness depend on:
#How my parents treated me when I was younger?
#My health? How much sleep I have had?
#How nice my husband has been to me lately?
#How obedient my children are?
#The lack of conflicts in my life?

Take-to-heart Point 1: Joy is based on my relationship with Jesus NOT on my circumstances.

Definition: “Joyfulness is the bright spirit and radiant countenance that come by being in full fellowship with God.”
*Since joy is the result of my relationship with Jesus and of the fact that the Holy Spirit lives in me as a believer, what evidence can others see in me that demonstrate I am a follower of Christ?
*That relationship can been seen by how we respond differently than the world typically does to the various circumstances in life.
*We heard David’s prayer earlier: “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” and he continued by saying “and sustain me with a willing spirit.”
*“To sustain” in the Hebrew means to prop me up, to take hold of me, to uphold me, and to establish me.
*“A willing spirit” in Hebrew describes a spirit that is dignified, positive, and approving; it describes the character of someone who is high-class, noble, and honorable.
*So David prays for God to establish him as a person with a character and reputation that is dignified and honorable.

Ask yourself: What would our families say about our character and reputation? What character and reputation do we desire as parents for our children to develop as they mature?

Take-to-heart point 2: My joyfulness (or lack of it) is evident to others in my spirit.

A radiant countenance in our definition of joyfulness refers to our demeanor or behavior.
*Focus not on what we say, but how we say it.
*Communication is said to be made up of 7% verbal language and 93% nonverbal language.
*Nonverbal language includes our body language, our facial expressions, our posture, gestures, and eye movements.
*Most obvious part of a radiant countenance is a joyful smile, which expresses the joy of my spirit because of the work of God in my life.

Ask yourself: What do you communicate to your children by your spirit and your countenance (face)?

Take-to-heart point 3: My joyfulness (or lack of it) is evident to others by my countenance,

Conclusion: Joy is the proof to the world that God can fully satisfy the human heart.

Closing prayer: (Psalm 16:11) “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”