You Are His Joy!

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Theme Scripture:

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.

Proverbs 3:13 NLT



Scripture Breakdown/Paraphrase:

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom (Jesus Christ/Wisdom Personified), the one who gains understanding (by walking with Jesus and following His instructions, ways and examples).


Main Point:

What is joy? Do you know how God feels aboit you? What gives you joy everyday? It will open your eyes to what joy truly is and how you can experience the joy of the Lord! We have heard that "the joy of the Lord is our strength", but what does that really mean? What does it mean to be His joy? What is the difference between joy and happiness? How does God feel about you? You are going to have a expanded perspective on joy after this message!! #joyofthelord #alphatalk #powercall #inspiration


Three Supportive Statements:

- We must understand that Wisdom is a Person, and that Person is Jesus Christ. We see Wisdom personified as "Lady Wisdom" in the Proverbs. We must understand that Jesus Christ Himself, is the Wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

- The Person who knows Jesus is also known by Jesus, and this is our joy. We must realize that we are always in His Presence and His Presence is always in us. In ancient times past, when you were in the presence of royalty, it was expected that you were to be joyous and glad to be in their company. By choosing to "keep a smile and pleasant look" on your face along with godly character, you are choosing to acknowledge the King's Presence and honor it! God is OMNIPRESENT! (All places at the same time) So you are to be joyous at all times, even amidst trials and tribulations! Count it ALL joy! (James 1:2)

- We must own our joy! It truly is our strength! The Lord's joy gives us favor with both God and men. We must not let this life steal our joy! We must think of it as a "life force" of sorts, something tangible that helps us to truly live for God. The enemy wants to disrupt our joy to sap our strength, but we must not let him! (John 10:10)


Study Questions (For Me):

1. How is the joy of the Lord our strength? Why is it?

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Questions for Self Reflection:

1. What has "sapped your strength" in the past? 

2. How has your joy affected other people positively?

3. What happens when you sacrifice your joy for self righteousness?


POWER NOTES:

- Read the whole of Proverbs 3

- Interesting to note that while we are instructed in Proverbs 3 to seek wisdom and pursue an understanding, we are simultaneously informed NOT TO depend on our own wisdom and understanding. (Self righteousness)

- Our joy is maintained by a constant fellowship with the Lord. In all that we do whether it be work, play, serve, teach etc, we are to do it to the glory of God. We are to consciously invite Him into our experience. This type of divinely inspired awareness will also help us with our earthly relationships.

- The more we look for God's Presence throughout the day, the more aware we become of it and our joy increases. We can experience "days of heaven" if we decide to be more intentional about acknowledging His omnipresence.

- By choosing to consciously live in the fear (stand in awe/reverence) of the Lord and refusing to do evil (repenting/changing the way we live), we are inviting more of His Presence into our day.

- Christ is the Treasure hidden in the world right now. Those who find Him, find joy!... “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

| Matthew 13:44 NKJV

- There is an interesting relationship between wisdom and joy. Those who follow the ways of Wisdom, find joy.


Research Scriptures:

(Joy of The Lord) Nehemiah 8:10 | (Don't Glory In Your Own Wisdom) Proverbs 3:7 | (Christ, the Wisdom of God) 1 Corinthians 1:30 | (Count It All Joy) James 1:2 | (Christ, is the Treasure Hidden) Matthew 13:44 | (You Are Always In His Sight) Psalm 139 | (Life In The Spirit) Galatians 5:16-26




Private Thoughts:

- Was thinking of the Old Testament as "father" and the New Testament as "mother". Was thinking of how the Old Testament laid the law down and set the tone for the household while the New Testament is the fulfillment and completion of the purpose for the household.

- Joy is not "jumping up and down" and being overly excited about everything, it's a "calm delight". It's gentleness, modesty and kindness personified. Joy and happiness ARE NOT the same thing. Joy is a state of mind, a way of living. Happiness is an emotion, a state of feeling. Joy is based off of knowing while happiness is based off of perception. Our joy must be on things eternal, not temporal.

- We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. God's presence in us helps us to bring knowledge (light) of Him to the world and our way of living and testimony (salt) bring purification to the earth.


Video to Watch:



Link to Podcast via Anchor:

The Power Of Praise

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Theme Scripture:

I sought the Lord , and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:4 KJV

Scripture Breakdown/Paraphrase:

I cried out to God, and He responded to my praise by freeing my mind from all the things that stole my praise of Him.

Main Point:

Do you find yourself feeling down and out often? Do you feel like your life is missing something lately? Perhaps, it's because there's a cry inside of you that the Lord is looking to hear. Maybe, He's allowing you to go through certain things so that you can learn how to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate His Presence more often. We will share with you the "Y.E.S" of praise and how to start living a more victorious life on a daily basis!

Three Supportive Statements:

- There are two types of praise discussed today. One form of praise is giving thanks. The second form of praise is "letting go of things". By choosing to sacrifice our will for the Lord's will, we become a pleasing "aroma" to Him. By praising Him, we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice. This is why we must be aware of Hos goodness in all that we do. In all that we do and say, we do to the Lord!
- We were created specifically for the praising and worshipping of Almighty God. We were fashioned to function like Him in our ability to exercise dominion, while at the same time having a humble heart towards Him.
- When we praise God, we create an open space for miracles to happen. The word "deliverance" actually means "to be free, open space. Open space for what? More of the Lord's presence. The more space and territory we allow for the Heavenly Presence of God, the more opportunities there are to witness miracles and kingdom experiences.

Study Questions (For Me):

1. Can an unclean spirit enter into a believer who has accepted Christ?
2. How do we "safeguard" a particular area of our lives?
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Questions for Self Reflection:

1. What territory am I afraid to overtake for the Lord?
2. What stops me from praising Him?
3. Do I praise God because of who He is or because of what I desire Him to do for me?

The Y.E.S of Praise

(Y)earning. Stay yearning for the Lord's Presence.
(E)ager. Be eager for the earthly manifestation of His Presence.
(S)ing and Stand. Sing songs from your spirit and stand for the Lord REGARDLESS of who's looking.

POWER NOTES:

- Praise means to "throw off", as stones.
- Deliverance means to "be spacious, open, free"
- God delivers us because of His unfailing love for us and the pleasure He takes in us, not because of what we've done or said, but because we are His children.
- God leaves certain enemies in the territory so we can learn how to "fight". He doesn't do total deliverance in one shot because then we wouldn't need to call on Him as much.
- God has already given us the victory over anything that we will ever face in this life. In Him, through Christ, we have a resounding "yes" and "amen".
- When we intentionally release the need to always be in control of things, we allow Him to be responsible for all things. By learning how to follow His ways, commands by seeking His heart, we develop a soul that is "at rest" in the midst of trials and difficulties.
- We need to learn how to "rest" in Him by allowing His Spirit to become one with our spirit. We learn to trust Him by developing a quiet, centered soul through meditation, worship and contemplative prayer. Learning how to "rest" in the Lord is perhaps the biggest challenges of our journey with God.
- Perhaps, the Lord, operating in perfect humility and wisdom, waits and watches us be burdened and weighed down with the cares of this life until we feel a need to call on Him. By choosing to praise Him, we "throw off" this flesh and allow His Spirit to lead our lives.

Research Scriptures:

(Saved, by Calling on Him) Psalm 18:3 |  (Enemies Retreat) Psalm 56:9 | (Call in His Name) Romans 10:13 | (Call on His Name) Acts 2:21 | (Victory EVERYWHERE) 2 Samuel 8:6 | (Hearing and Seeing God) Isaiah 30 | (Yes and Amen) 2 Corinthians 1:20 | (They Hate The Smell) Tobit 8:3

Recommended Study Plan:

Get Your PRAISE On!
http://bible.com/r/2Ob

Private Thoughts:

- Share with them the Blue Letter Bible App. Talk about the necessity to read commentaries and listen to biblical studies/lectures on certain topics to gain a deeper personal understanding of the scriptures.
- Talk about the moon and how it only reflects 2-3% of the sun's light, yet provides light for the earth in darkness. Mention the example parallel between Jesus (Moon), God the Father (the Sun) and us (the earth).
- Praise prepares us (in advance spiritually) for an impending battle or trial of faith
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Video to Watch:

- Praise Song: https://youtu.be/ot5m77v-6fY
- David dances before the Lord: https://youtu.be/oDKQgzL8fNE

Link to Podcast via Anchor:

A Convo With Wifey

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Tune into this conversation between speaker Hakim Taliaferro and his wife Ashley Taliaferro as they discuss a few things like:


- knowing the times and seasons for your destiny

- why it is so hard to communicate authentically nowadays

- the blessings & battles of being a young married couple in this day and age.


#alphatalk #letstalkalpha #powercall