Feb
04

Take Your Joy Medicine

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Sermon Outline- TAKE YOUR JOY MEDICINE
by Eddie Lawrence

Do you think it agitates God for lost people to have good clean fun?

Gallop Poll… found that half of all Americans thought that Jesus was not fun-loving. I personally believe there was never a more fun-loving, joy filled person to ever walk the planet. He was a Kingdom man and one of the attributes of the kingdom is joy in the Holy Ghost. He was full of the Holy Spirit and one of the fruits of the Spirit is joy. 

Let me share with you some ideas that press the point that we need to experience joy and laughter as part of our life and that the Bible backs it up.

1. Laughter is medicine for the soul.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Did you know that medical science and research backs up this claim. There is even a sector of medical science called laughter therapy that aids the body in healing.

2. Joy can help us counteract depression.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Notice the contrast in this verse. Therefore, joy counteracts the broken spirit that dries up the bones. The devil wants to drag you into the pit of depression but Jesus is the one who lifts you up and out into his joy.

3. Jesus laughed.

The shortest verse in the Bible is Jesus wept and there is not a verse that explicity states that Jesus laughed. But I believe that what Jesus taught and what we see happening around him paints a clear picture that he experienced life to the full and experienced the full range of human emotion.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The above verse shows us that Jesus taught when things were at their very worst, that you should be exceedingly glad, then certainly he would support enjoying life in the good times as well.

Here are some other reasons I believe Jesus laughed:

-Sinners loved him (The world does not act this way toward cold sober sourfaced religion)
-Children loved him (Can't fool little kids, they love being at happy camp. Kids don't hang around mean spirit overly serious people)
-First miracle at a party (He repsonded to a party at a wedding with his first miracle)
-Criticized for having a good time (Religion condemned him for being around sinners known for having a worldly good time) Friends there is a godly good time to be had even in the midst of the world.
-Told funny stories (A log in a person's eye is a hilarious way to get the point across)
-He was full of the Spirit (That means he was also full of joy)

4. There is joy in Heaven.

Psalm 16:10…In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Jesus taught us to pray that what was going on in Heaven would take place on earth. There is constant joy around Father's throne.

5. Redemption flows out of suffering but brings joy as a response.
Hebrews 12:2  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The redemption we enjoy now was extremely painful for Jesus but the Bible says it was the joy that was set before him that enabled him to endure. Dear friends there is a sense in which we diminish what Jesus went through to secure joy for us when we refuse to live in it.

6. There is power in joy.
Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

There is a strength released to us when we live in joy which means we are weaker when we don't.


7. There is a joy of the Lord.

Luke 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant…32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

Okay this is the kicker as far as I'm concerned. Jesus Christ clearly taught that IT IS RIGHT THAT WE SHOULD MAKE MERRY AND BE GLAD. Why? Because we too were lost and we have been found. We too were lost and we have been saved. The story of the prodigal tells us so much about the loving joyful heart of our Father. Friends, Heaven has no trouble with making merry and being glad and neither should we. Let's get rid of all the sourness of religion and rejoice that we are so loved and have such a big hearted Father and an awesome Savior.

Eddie Lawrence
As a husband, father, pastor, author, and web developer, Eddie lives an exciting and productive life. He holds earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees and is also the owner of Sermon Seedbed.

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