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JOY

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Luke 2:34-45

Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.”

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

JOY

  • Joy Comes when the NEW Replaces the Old

John is the last of the Old Covenant prophets and Jesus is the New Covenant Messiah

  • Joy Is a GIFT from God

Galatians 5:22

The fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY …

Ask for Joy

  • Joy Is a COMMAND from God

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

“Re-joy” - Choose Joy

Without God, I can’t
Without me, God won’t
— St Augustine

Why & How Can We Choose Joy?

Luke 1:45

You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.

We can choose joy because we believe God keeps His Word

Joy is both God’s GIFT and our CHOICE, our RESPONSIBILITY

  • Receive Joy

  • Choose Joy

Karl House