7 Steps to Sustain Joy

Joy, unlike happiness is meant to last – through every situation. How can we sustain our joy. Anand Pillai brings us 7 steps

7 Steps to Sustain Joy

1.Positive Christ-like attitude – Phil 2: 5-8

2.Pride killed daily. – Phil 2: 5-8

3.Progressive value system Psalm 37:4

4.Perpetual renewal Phil 3:10

5.Painful truth: not arrived yet Phil 3:12,13a

6.Past is past: forget and move on Phil 3:13

7.Pursue a goal larger than life Phil 3: 14

Are you dissatisfied today?

Positive & Healthy
dissatisfaction
PhD.

Philippians 3:7-14

Three Aces

  • Pride of Race – 1Corn 1: 10-12

  “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos ; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

  • Pride of Face – Is 14:12

  How you have fallen from heaven, O morning   star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!

Three Aces

  • Pride of Grace: Galatians 6:13-15

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.

We Over-Exaggerate Yesterday

  • Our past successes and failures often look bigger to us in hindsight than they really were.
  • “Yesterday Ended Last Night.” Today is a new day.

We overestimate tomorrow and underestimate today

At the end of the year if all that you are happy about is what you achieved the previous years you have done nothing this year

Paul’s successive realization

  • 1 Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles

  Paul 35 years old

  • Eph 3:8 -Although I am less than the least of all God’s people,

  Paul – 45 years old

  • 1 Tim 1:15,16 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst .

  Paul – 63 years old

Paul modelled joy

Paul modeled joy in his prison ministry by having the attitude of Christ (1:12-30).

Paul’s Pursuit of knowing Christ

  • 2 Timothy 1:12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
  • 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 “..the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day

Paul’s PhD (Positive and Healthy dissatisfaction)

1.Philippians 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus

2.Philippians 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,

3.But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7

4.I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:10

Paul’s PhD

1.Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect,.. Philippians 3:12

2.But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13

3.I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Pursue a Goal Larger than Life

“The after taste of success is boredom” – Michael Novak

“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists.  A baby feels hunger;  well, there is such a thing as food.   A duckling wants to swim;  well, there is such a thing as water.  Men feel sexual desire;  well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another …………world.” –  CS Lewis(Narnia)  Mere Christianity

Is your future ensured today?

“Multitudes of people have failed to live for today. They have spent their lives reaching for the future. What they have had within their grasp today they have missed entirely, because only the future has intrigued them . . . and the first thing they knew the future became the past.” – William Allen White

 

What is that you are doing today that will guarantee a better tomorrow?

7 Steps to Sustain joy 1. 1.Painful truth: not arrived yet

  • Philippians 1: v12,13a Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
  • You go as for as you can see and when you get there you will see some more! – The horizon principle

2. Perpetual renewal

  • Philippians 1:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
  • 1 Cor 9:26,27: I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize
  • What ever it was that got you where you are today is not sufficient to keep you there!

3. Pride killed daily

Phil 2: 5-8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself
and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

3. Pride killed daily

Philipians 3:4-7 If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: ….. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ

4. Progressive Value System

Philippians 3:7,8 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

4. Progressive Value System Contd..

“Delight yourself in the LORD  and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”  – Helen H. 
Lemmel, 1922
 

The inspiration for Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, which Helen entitled The Heavenly Vision, came from the writings of author and artist Lilias Trotter

4. Progressive value system

Lilias Trotter was a brilliant artist whose talent opened the doors to wealth and influence. Her other love was missions. After struggling in prayer for two years, Trotter came to the conclusion that she must lay down her love of art in order to fix her eyes solely on Jesus, and on His calling to the mission field. She subsequently served for more than 38 years as a missionary to Muslims of Algeria. 

5. Past is past: forget and move on

  • Philippians 3:13 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead
  • Genesis 41: 50,51 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh {[51] Manasseh sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for forget.}and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.

6. Positive Christ-like attitude

Phil 2: 5-8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, …..became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Hebrews 12:2-3  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author & perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

7. Pursue a goal larger than life

  • Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Cor 15:9 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

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