How to Multiply Your Joy
How to enjoy real fellowship with Jesus Christ:
Spend personal time with the Lord each morning to strengthen your “vertical” fellowship with Him. (Matthew 6:6, NKJV) Spend regular time each week with other believers to practice “horizontal” fellowship. (Acts 2:42, NKJV) Be careful what you think on during the day and night, this helps your “inner fellowship”. (Romans 8:5-6, NLT2) Confess any sins or offenses so that neither your “vertical” fellowship with the Lord nor your “horizontal” fellowship with your fellow believers is interrupted. (1 John 1:7-9, NKJV)
What is joy? (John 15:11, NKJV; John 10:10, NKJV)
The positive confidence we have or possess by knowing and trusting God regardless of the circumstances. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV) Joy is an inner delight derived from an intimate relationship (fellowship) with Christ. Happiness is circumstantial, but joy is relational. (John 15:9-13, NKJV) If you have the fullness of joy, you must have the love of God.
How you can have more joy. (Nehemiah 8:10, NKJV)
It’s the joy of the Lord that gives us strength. True joy and happiness is found in the presence of God but it is also found in the very character of God. (1 Chronicles 16:27, NIV; Psalm 28:7, NIV) The right boundaries in your life can multiply your peace and joy. (Psalm 19:7-8, NIV, NCV)
Boundaries are for your protection and will bring peace and joy if we learn to live within those boundaries. (Genesis 2:15-17, NIV) When we live within God’s boundaries God will meet every need in your life. (Philippians 4:19, NIV) Once we sin and get outside of our God-given boundaries we often try to hide our sins and blame others first. (Genesis 3:6-7, NIV)
Everyone has boundaries for protection. (Romans 13:1-2, NKJV; Ephesians 6:1-3, NKJV; 1 Corinthians 15:33, CEV, NKJV) Multiply your joy through the right information and consistent application. The right information + consistent application = multiplied joy. Happiness is circumstantial, but joy is relational.