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Definitions

  • Joy
    • Greek
      • Chara—to be exceedingly glad
    • To be exceedingly glad and content all the time
  • Happiness
    • Hebrew
      • Ashar—to set right or be blessed
    • One’s mental state is temporarily positive
  • Contentment
    • Greek
      • Autarkes—not needing aid; independent of external circumstances
      • Arkeo—have unfailing strength; have enough
    • Being satisfied with the way things are

Why We Don’t Have

  • Happiness
    • God’s Power is Perfected in Human Weakness
      • II Corinthians 12:7-9— So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    • Time for Everything
      • Ecclesiastes 3:1,4— For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: …4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Why Obtain

  • Joy
    • Health for Oneself
      • Proverbs 17:22— A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
    • Lack Nothing
      • James 1:2-4— Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
    • Obtain Desires of One’s Heart
      • Psalms 37:4— Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
    • Nothing Better
      • Ecclesiastes 3:12— I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;
    • Can Have During Grief
      • Proverbs 14:13— Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
    • Must Have to Obtain Salvation
      • Isaiah 12:3— With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
    • Happiness
      • More Important than Public Duty If With Wife
        • Deuteronomy 24:5— “When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.
      • Cheerful Face
        • Proverbs 15:13— A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
      • Contentment
        • Deal with Problems
          • Philippians 4:11-13— Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
        • Be Prosperous
          • Job 20:20-21— “Because he knew no contentment in his belly, he will not let anything in which he delights escape him. 21 There was nothing left after he had eaten; therefore his prosperity will not endure.

How to Obtain

  • Joy
    • Through Suffering for the Sake of the Gospel
      • James 1:2-4— Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
    • Knowing and Believing in God
      • Psalms 16:11—You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
      • Psalms 33:21—For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
      • Psalms 37:4— Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
      • John 16:19-20—Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.
      • Acts 2:28—You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
      • Romans 15:13— May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
      • Philippians 4:4— Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
      • I Peter 1:8— Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
      • I John 1:4—And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
      • II John 1:12—Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
    • Keep God’s Commandments
      • John 15:9-11—As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
    • Asking God
      • John 16:24— Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
    • Through the Holy Spirit
      • Galatians 5:22— But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
      • Romans 14:17—For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
    • Hope
      • Romans 12:12— Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
      • Proverbs 10:28—The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
    • Through Appreciating Life
      • Psalms 118:24—This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
    • Happiness
      • Enjoys the Little Gifts
        • Ecclesiastes 2:24—There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,
      • Enjoy Work
        • Ecclesiastes 2:24—There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,
      • Contentment
        • Faith in Christ
          • Philippians 4:11-13— Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
          • Hebrews 13:5—Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
        • Christ Himself
          • II Corinthians 12:10— For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
        • Don’t Love Money
          • Hebrews 13:5— Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
        • Realize Food and Clothing is All We Need
          • I Timothy 6:6-8— Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
        • Realize We Take Nothing With Us
          • I Timothy 6:6-8— Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.