Friday, May 5, 2017

Joy is Better Than Happiness (05.07.17 Notes)

“Joy is Better Than Happiness”
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Scripture: Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 

26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

Paul’s letter to the Churches at Galatia
After establishing churches in Galatia, Paul is writing (either to the northern or southern region of Galatia) to churches there and countering a teaching that has happened after he left. Judaizers (Jewish Christian legalists) had influenced the church and attempting to hold Gentiles to the Mosaic law and Jewish customs. Paul speaks of the new covenant of Christ and the difference of the flesh and the spirit.

28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 NLT)

For us to understand our NEW LIFE in Christ, we must operate in the SPIRIT and what the Spirit produces!

The difference between spiritual GIFTS and spiritual FRUIT.

·      A spiritual gift is an action; spiritual fruit is an production
·      A spiritual gift is a manifestation, spiritual fruit grows within you
·      A spiritual gift is a miraculous work, spiritual fruit is in your natural response

Spiritual fruit is the product of a ROOT that produces a RESULT
-       The root of sin is in the flesh
-       The root of fruit is in the spirit

Be careful not to confuse the fruit of the vine with emotion!

Affection is a temporary response, but unconditional love is the nature of God.
a.     By this, shall all men know that you are my disciples that you “love one another” (John 13:35 NLT)
b.    He that does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8)

Happiness is a temporary response, but joy is a movement deep in your being
a.     The word for joy is chara (Gr. Pronounced K-ha-ra) – it means exceeding gladness and cheerfulness. The word is used 59 times in 57 verses in the new testament, including when Christ was born. (Matt. 2:10)
b.    You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8 NLT)

Calm is a temporary response, but peace surpasses all understanding.
a.     Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 NLT)

Emotion can be faked but spiritual fruit is AUTHENTIC faith.

God wants to produce truth and authenticity in your story!

You are not a follower of Christ because of your race, your cultural background, your law, your works, your body, your style, your characteristics, your flaws or your failures or success.

You produce spiritual fruit because of grace by faith that produces GOD’S NATURE within you!

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