"The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20
There are two things you can expect from God in this text. One we discussed yesterday and it is - You Can Expect God To Give You Joy As You Celebrate Your Salvation.
The second expectation is - You Can Expect Joy From God As You Share Your Salvation.
TRUTH: Joy comes from being used by God to share His joy with others.
Another way you will know you have joy in the Lord is that you will want to share it!
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.” Psalm 51:12-13
When the 72 went out in Jesus’ Name to share the good news of the Gospel of the Kingdom, they saw the power of God heal and deliver and change lives and their joy increased! Not only because they had joy BUT BECAUSE THEY SAW OTHER PEOPLE GET IT!
ABOUT THE ONLY THING THAT MATCHES THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION IS SHARING THAT JOY AND SEEING SOMEONE ELSE RECEIVE IT! The disciples had seen that and were filled with joy!
I don’t know of anything that gives me more joy than knowing that I have been used by God to bring comfort, or encouragement of joy to someone else!
Sharing the joy of your salvation is the SWEET SPOT of enjoying your salvation!
When you go out to share you joy with others:
· You Find A Sweet PRESENCE!
· You Find A Sweet POWER!
· You Find A Sweet PEACE!
· You Find A Sweet PASSION!
· You Go With A Sweet PROMISE!
· You Find A Sweet PRODUCTIVITY!
Someone once said that the way to joy is: Jesus Others You
JOY COMES FROM CELEBRATING YOUR SALVATION - BUT JOY STAYS WHEN YOU SHARE IT WITH OTHERS!
1) THE WOMAN AT THE WELL FOUND JOY AND THEN SHARED IT WITH A CITY!
2) ZACCHAEUS FOUND JOY AND SHARED IT WITH HIS CITY IN FORM OF TAX REFORM.
3) THE WOMAN AT THE TOMB FOUND JOY WHEN THE STONE WAS ROLLED AWAY AND THEY RAN TO SHARE THE NEWS!
These disciples returned to Jesus in great joy after they had shared the news about the Kingdom of God!
THREE THINGS HAPPENED WHEN PEOPLE FOUND SALVATION WITH JESUS:
THEY CELEBRATED IT
THEY SHOWED IT
THEY SHARED IT
YOU SHOULD EXPECT GOD TO GIVE YOU JOY AS YOU SHARE THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION!
Luke 15:7 – “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
Are You Celebrating Your Salvation?
Psalms 47:1 “Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!”
Are You Showing Your Salvation?
Philippians 4:4 - “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
Are You Sharing It?
Acts 2:42-47 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Vance Havener said, “There is something wrong with our Christianity when we have to beg most of our crowd to come to church to hear about it.”
Have you forgotten the joy of your salvation?”
Have you forgotten the joy of your salvation?”
TODAY, ALL ACROSS THIS LAND THERE WILL BE MAJOR LEAGUE BALL PARKS FILLED WITH BASEBALL FANS EXPRESSING THEIR JOY OVER BASEBALL – AND THEY WILL FIGHT TRAFFIC AND CROWDS AND PARKING SPACE AND PAY A LOT OF MONEY TO DO IT.
WHILE ACROSS THAT SAME LAND THERE WILL BE HALF EMPTY CHURCHES WITH JOYLESS PEOPLE WONDERING WHY NO ONE COMES AND SECRETLY WONDERING WHILE THEY ARE THERE.
WE DON’T WANT TO BE THOSE GUYS AND WE DON’T WANT TO BE THAT CHURCH – DO WE?
GOD EXPECTS US TO HAVE HIS JOY – AND SO DO THOSE UNCHURCHED FOLKS WHO WALK IN OUR DOORS?
AS WE COME TO THE END OF WHAT HAS BEEN A GOOD YEAR – A YEAR OF HOPE – I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US MAKE NEXT YEAR A YEAR OF JOY!
WHO WANTS TO HELP ME?
WHO WILL COMMIT TO:
CELEBRATE YOUR SALVATION? - IF YOU DO – EXPECT HIS JOY!
SHOW YOUR SALVATION? – IF YOU DO – EXPECT HIS JOY!
SHARE YOUR SALVATION? – IF YOU DO – EXPECT HIS JOY!