Teacher: Rusty Kennedy
Series: Christmas Qualities
joy – noun
1 - the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: delight
B - the expression or exhibition of such emotion: gaiety
2 - a state of happiness or felicity: bliss
3 - a source or cause of delight
Bible Dictionary – joy - A quality or attitude of delight and happiness, which is ultimately grounded in the work of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Among the many situations in which joy is experienced, Scripture recognizes as supreme being accepted in the presence of God.
- To rejoice you have to do more than just accept your circumstances.
- You have to trust and be thankful.
- The trust is based on the character of the one who began the good work (1:6).
- It is trust in the faithfulness which He has shown.
- For Paul, this meant trusting God because He chose him—an unlikely leader of the early church—to be an apostle.
- Without trust, what else would Paul cling to? Nothing.
- Too often our trust in the Lord is based on our own understanding, or only engages part of our heart.
- When the storms of life come, faulty foundations are destroyed. What we need to do is trust the Lord with all of our heart and not lean on our own understanding.
- One of the greatest litmus tests for trust is thanksgiving, a theme that resonates throughout Philippians.
- If I’m afraid of my situation or grumbling about it, then chances are I’m leaning on my own understanding.
- This same perspective leads me to say my situation is wrong, unfair, or needs to change.
- If I’m really trusting God to be in control of all things, then this will be reflected in my perspective.
- I may not like my predicament, but I can still choose to trust God to accomplish His purposes no matter how dire things get.
- My choice to trust in God’s character enables me to give thanks for His provision even though it is not what I would choose.
- Joy is understood when you have to trust and are thankful.
 Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
 Manser, M. H. (2009). Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser.
 Runge, S. E. (2011). High Definition Commentary: Philippians (Php 1:18–20). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.