I’m thankful for The JOY of the Lord

By November 25, 2018Sermon Notes

 “A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing”     Proverbs 17:22

“A joyful heart is the ______________of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.”  Proverbs 17:22 NABRV

  • We need to take out medicine!

According to Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California laughter will:

  1. LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
  2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS
  3. WORKS YOUR ABS
  4. IMPROVE CARDIAC HEALTH
  5. BOOST T-CELLS
  6. TRIGGER THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS
  7. PRODUCE A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING
  • People that laugh regularly are _________ less likely to have a heart attack

Laughter releases the body’s natural tranquilizers that cause us to calm down

  • USA has 6% of world’s population but consumes 90% of the world’s tranquilizers
  • Average child laughs ____________ x’s day
  • Adults laugh ________ x’s

The older we get, the less we laugh; you can be physically old, but be young at heart

– Your spirit-man is ageless, eternal

Jesus said, in the middle of troubles, “Be of good cheer…”

 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJV

 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  Psalm 16:11

  • If you don’t have joy, you’re separately yourself from God’s ____________________

 “Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3

We need to unclog our well

  • Enemy wants to fill our wells with rocks (of stress, heartache, burdens, worries, fear)
  • Genesis 26 says, Isaac re-dug the wells that the Philistines had clogged up
  • Isaac’s name means “laughter”

JOY TO THE WORLD! THE LORD HAS COME!

 “Then Ezra said to them, “Go [your way], eat the rich festival food, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.”   Nehemiah 8:10 AMP

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”   Galatians 5:22-23

  • Laughter is spiritual warfare
  • Home needs to be a joy-filled atmosphere
  • Science shows that just hearing other people laugh will cause us to heal quicker

Answers: health, 40%, 150, 3, presence

 

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