Pastor's Big Ask | Why Don’t More Christians Have Joy?

Understanding How To Have The Fullness Of Joy As A Christian

James Greer
Oct 17, 2021    36m
Join us in today's message as we explore how to have the fullness of joy as a Christian. Joy is often confused with happiness. Happiness is circumstantial, joy is relational. To have joy, you must have a relationship with God. You have to focus on God, our Father, and His promises, and not the world. Video recorded at Pineville, Louisiana.

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James Greer: [00:00:00] Morning, Journey Church. I think if you looked at him, you'd think he'd lost his joy. Amen? Well, I think there's too many Christians that seem like they have lost their joy. I mean, listen, Christians should have more joy than anybody I know. And we're going to continue the Pastor's Big Ask. Now next Sunday will be the last message in the series, and it's going to be, Why aren't more married couples happy? So you want to be here next Sunday, whether you're married or not. Because if you're not married, you want to learn before you get married. And if you are married, why aren't more Christian couples happy? So we'll be preaching on that. We used to have this group that met at night, and it was called Joy Groups. And they were just small groups where we met in the house. The Fullers had it in their home for years and years and years, and we would call them joy because it said, Jesus, others, and then you, you would have joy. And that's kind of the truth. What happens is if you’ll learn about Jesus and then others and then you, it would equal joy. Now see, what happens is one of the reasons so many people don't have joy is they just live in the present and in the past. That's all you can see. But see, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. Jesus sees the end just as well as we see the present. And He understands at the end, that He's going to wipe away every tear. There'll be no more sickness and no more sorrow. That everything is going to be okay. For the Christian, you will win. I mean it's impossible for you to lose. He tells us in Romans 8:28, He's going to take every situation in your life and he's going to turn it around to something good, no matter what it is.

James Greer: [00:01:41] So you're going to win. The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10, the joy of the Lord is your strength. In other words, you get your strength from the joy of the Lord. When you have this intimate relationship with God, it gives you joy. And Luke 10:23 says, then he was filled with joy of the Holy Spirit. So when you're filled with the Holy Spirit, you have joy. When you get your strength from Jesus, you get your joy. But let me tell you something else. Love does not produce joy. I mean we all know people we love, but we just don't like them. Amen? Or is that just me? I mean I know a lot of people, I love them, but man, I don't want to be around them. But now, love that's communicated correctly can produce joy. Amen? So we're going to talk about this. Joy could be defined as a positive confidence we have or possess by knowing and trusting God regardless of the circumstances. In fact, in Proverbs 3:5, it says, trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. Our own understanding, our own precepts is what gets us in trouble. In all our ways acknowledge Him, and He'll direct our paths. I mean if you know that He's God and He's directing your life, whether it's at home, at work, He said, man, you can have joy.

James Greer: [00:03:09] See, joy, listen, inner delight derives from an intimate relationship with Christ. Joy is an inner delight derived from an intimate relationship with Christ. Happiness is circumstantial. Joy is relational. You said, well, we're going to be talking about intimate relationships with Christ. You’re going to say, well, I don't understand. Yeah, you do. You have an intimate relationship with your wife or you did. When you started dating, when you first got married, you couldn't wait to talk to them. I mean you could just breathe and listen to them breathe, it was exciting. I told you about when me and my wife were dating, we'd sit on the phone just for hours. Oh yeah. Oh. We could fall asleep listening to each other breathe. Amen? I mean you just couldn't wait. And it's all about that relationship that brings us unbelievable joy. Listen, this is not circumstantial. See, Christians, you do not get your joy circumstantial. You get it through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Amen. In John 15:9, it tells us, as the Father has loved me, that’s Jesus speaking, I also have loved you. Now I got to tell you, you got to understand that Jesus loves you. I don't care what you've done. You cannot stop it. What you do, what you have not done. It’s unconditional love. See, we have a hard time understanding unconditional love because if you're not careful in your relationship, you start putting conditions on your love.

James Greer: [00:04:43] Oh, honey, if you do this, I love you. Oh, kids, if you perform such, I love you. No, no, no. That's not the way Jesus loves. Jesus loves you in spite of what you do and what you've done. He loves you so much, He died for you. And there's nothing you can do to make Him stop loving you. Matter of fact, you have to intentionally stop and understand and receive Jesus’ love. Sometimes before I get up out of bed, I have to say, God, I can't believe you love me. And I have to intentionally say, Jesus, just let me accept your love. Because I say, I know me. How in the world could you do that? And you know you. You know the things you think, you know the things you've done, you know things you said. And you say, my goodness gracious, how could He love me? But He does. God loves you because of what Jesus did, not because of what you've done. Amen? Then He said, abide in my love. Abide. Remain. It also means to enjoy. Did you know next week, I'm going to be preaching on marriage. But you know, isn't it nice if you can enjoy your marriage? There's a thought. They say 80%-90% of people don't even enjoy being married.

James Greer: [00:05:56] Wow. I didn't say you don't have any problems, but why not enjoy it? Jesus said, you know what? Why don't you abide in my love? Why don't you have an intimate relationship that you can enjoy it, abide, remain, tarry, dwell in it? If you keep my commandments. You cannot keep the commandments. Only one that could do that was Jesus. Thank goodness He kept them for us. Amen? And because we couldn't keep them, He kept them and He died for them. And because of that, we can love Him despite that we can't keep Him. But He said, listen, you try to keep His precepts because you love Him, the precepts and the principles that He has for us. Because if you abide in my love just as I kept the Father's commitment. Jesus could do that, but you can't. That's why He had to die. And abide in His love. In other words, He keeps telling you, listen, I want you to abide my love. I abide in your love. He said, these things I've spoken to you. Why? That my joy might remain in you. Listen. And that your joy might be full. Do you understand that Jesus said, I want you to know a few things. He wants you to know, I love you no matter what you've done. He said, I want you to enjoy my love, and I want you to enjoy loving me.

James Greer: [00:07:15] He said, I want you to have my joy, and I want you to be full of joy. Man, when I was growing up, I didn't think Christians were happy. I thought they were the meanest, ugliest people I'd ever met in my life. I mean I'd go to church, man, if you smiled, bam. If I raised my hand, my mama would break it. She’d sit next to me and I could just feel her grabbing me. Now, my son, when I do that with him, he’d would speak out loud. Don't pinch me, Daddy. Pow. But I just wondered. You know? But He wants us to have this full of joy that's full. Jesus wants us to have a full joy, to abide. He wants us to, listen, it's a conversational relationship. Try to think of a conversational relationship that just I have a conversation with Jesus all the time. Right before I preach, I have a conversation. When I wake up, I have a conversation. When I'm going down the street driving, He wants to have a conversation with me. Yes, he does. He said, this is my commandment. That you love one another. Now that is the commandment. That's not an option. He said, I want you to love each other. And sometimes we're not lovable, are we? Did you know that we're most like Christ when we love others even when they're not lovable?

James Greer: [00:08:43] In fact, I mean Jesus was the best at it. I can't wait till we, we got a new series coming up. I can't wait. I'm going to tell you anyway. It's going to be Raise an Army because man, we got to have an army. And Jesus just, He would just go down the street and he'd see people like Zacchaeus who was a tax collector. He was a sorriest son of a gun in the world. He said, let's go eat together. Jesus loved what we would call some of the meanest, sorriest people in the world. So He's telling us up front, Jesus said, I have a commandment for you, Journey Church. Amen? Well, if you're married, he said, hey, I want you to love each other. That'd be a thought, huh? You’d have a better marriage right there. Amen? Free counseling. You don't have to come to my office. Let's just love each other. You said, but if you only knew what he did or she did. Jesus knows what you did, and He loves you. Why don't we say it right now? I'm just going to love one another. Say love. One another. Unconditionally. Free counseling, Steven. I didn't even go to school. College anyway. Okay. You ready? My commandment that you love one another. Then He tells you what love really is. Greater love has no one than this.

James Greer: [00:10:06] Than to lay down his life for his friends. I love it because then Jesus said, not only I love you, you're my friend. Not my servant, you're my friend. The description of love as you put somebody before yourself. That's what love is. Lust is, you know, you want what you want in spite the person. Love is you want what's best for them before yourself. That's how you can really know if you love somebody. Love or loved, He used it more than six times in those five verses. I learned a long time ago, if Jesus says something once, it's very important. But when He starts repeating it five or six times, it's very important. God is trying to teach something really, really important in these few verses. God wants us to understand if you want to have the fullness of joy, you have to have the love of God. You can't have the fullness of joy without having the love of God. In other words, you got to understand that you’re loved by God and you got to learn to love God. That's how you have the fullness of joy. Joy is a result of an intimate, close relationship with God. It's a preoccupied with Jesus Christ. It's a conversational relationship of being loved and loving. Do you ever have a conversation with Jesus? When you start having a conversation with Him and Him with you, you're having an intimate relationship with Him. But there's things that block that relationship. But it's so important. Sometimes it's always good to know what stands in the way of living God's way. You get that? It's really important to understand what's standing in the way of you living God's way. It's almost as important to know what's standing in the way as it is to know what is the way. Because when you can get rid of what's standing in the way, then you can live the way. That's pretty good.

James Greer: [00:12:03] Number one, number one, whether your married or whatever, number one thing that stands in the way with having an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ is selfishness. James 3:16 says, for where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. Another translation puts it this way. It says, for wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. Selfishness robs your joy, and it brings disorder instead of order. Have you ever gone home and seemed like there’s just total disorder in your home, on your job, even at church? I mean it just seems like it's disorder. God is not the author of confusion. And so you just have all this disorder. And it's because there's selfishness going on in the house. Instead of everybody giving, everybody's wanting. Instead of everybody serving, everybody's wanting to be served. Selfishness leads to sadness. The opposite of joy is sadness. The thing that I've learned over these 30 plus years is the most selfish people in the world, they don't even know they're selfish. They think they deserve it. They think everybody should serve them. They don't even know. Did you know that life is not all about you? Yeah, really. It's not. Shock. No. You want to be honest? You want to be honest? Let me give you some, let me ask you some questions. You ready? Most people aren't honest, but let's just say we're at church and we're going to try to be honest for a few minutes. You've got a good self-awareness.

James Greer: [00:13:40] Let me ask, do you get waited on the most? Or do you do most of the waiting on others? Just, you know, see. Now I'm not talking about if one person, listen, if one person’s working in the other one's home, you need to do the waiting, brother. I don't care if you’re a man or woman. If the other one's out working, you need to be doing the work before they get home. But as a lifestyle, as a lifestyle, do you do most of the getting waited on or do you wait on others? Second, do you talk about yourself most of the time? Is it all about you during the conversation? Here's the big one. Do you expect more from others than you're willing to give? Whew. That's selfish people, man. I cannot believe it. Man, they expect so much from other people, and they give so little. And I know they don't see it. You know how you’re selfish? Because you're always upset with other people because what they don't do for you, but yet you're not doing anything. You're a selfish little brat. I see them all the time. I can spot them, man, because they come tell me, you can't believe what so-and-so didn't do. But they haven't done anything. I'm trying to help you. You got to know when you're selfish because selfishness ends up with loneliness. There's three. You waited on or wait on people? You talk about yourself all the time? You expect more than you’re willing to give? Do you get upset quick when you don't get your way? I added this one. You don't volunteer. You don't tithe that church. Jesus died for the church. Do you put others’ needs before yourself? When others have a need, are you always too busy? Have other people told you you're selfish? I've told people that before. They say, no, I'm not. I say, yeah, you are. That's why I'm not a good counselor. By the way, Steven is a good counselor. You're so selfish. No, I'm not. Yes, you are. You can't remember the last time you served someone without expecting anything in return. Say, if you wanted to be honest with yourself, those six or seven or eight questions, you answer them truthfully, you’d find out whether you’re selfish or not.

James Greer: [00:16:22] Selfishness leads to sadness. But I’m successful. Big deal. Successful does not offset selfishness. Some of the most successful people I know are selfish people. They say, well, I just don't have time to serve. I'm too busy. Oh, well, you're too busy. If you're too busy to serve other people, you're too busy in your selfishness and the devil has blinded you to the truth and you will fall. Did you know Philippians 4:4 and 5, Paul was in jail? He was in jail. That's why joy is not circumstantial. Joy is relational. Here's Paul in jail, and he says, always be full of joy in the Lord. How can you be full of joy while you're in jail? Because Paul said, I understand what all Christians need to understand. Quit trying to get your joy circumstantial. You're trying to get joy for what somebody else did, from what they said, where you live, where you're going to work, and you'll never find joy. God didn't create you to find your joy in other people, places, and things. He created you to find your joy in Him. That's good, Brother James. Always be full of joy in the Lord, not the world. He said, I'll say it again. Rejoice. It tells you how to do it. Let everyone, uh-oh, see that you’re unselfish. Let them see. Do other people see that you're unselfish? When people see you, they see you’re unselfish. I mean other people know it. If people would be honest with you, they could tell you. I can be around somebody four, five hours, and I can tell if they're selfish or not. Most people don't want to know it. Selfish people, you're not happy. Selfishness robs your joy. Second, bitterness. Have you ever said, they’re just going to grow old and bitter?

James Greer: [00:18:30] Don't you feel sorry for them? Look carefully, be careful lest anyone falls short of the grace of God. That’s a root of bitterness. Spring up and cause trouble. And by this, many become defiled. It just starts with a little something, a little root of bitterness. Somebody said something to you. And you just, instead of just letting it go, you start thinking about it. I can't believe they did that. I can't believe they spoke to me that way. I can't believe they didn't speak to me that way. I can't believe. And then it just springs up. It causes trouble. Guess what it does? Then it affects many people, not just you. Bitterness leads to wilderness, loneliness. You see, bitterness as they get older, they get lonely. They end up all by themselves. Bitterness often leads to stubbornness. They just won't change. Just I don't care. They did it to me, and I'm just going to stay ugly and mean and just stubborn, unteachable. I know stubborn people, man, I know some of them right here, right today. Some of them are in our sanctuary. Feel sorry for them. See, when you're not teachable, your goals aren't reachable. You can't have the marriage, you don't have the relationships, you don't have the joy. You'll know you're stubborn because you’re just set in your ways. You don't want to give. You don't want to have joy. You don't want to have fun. You just have to have it your way or no way. Just sad. We've all been hurt before, and we'll be hurt again. How you deal with your hurt will greatly determine your joy.

James Greer: [00:20:28] You ready? Do you focus on reconciling or revenge? Do you should focus on getting better or bitter? When you start plotting revenge, it robs your joy, and it produces bitterness. Remember, I've told you before, hurting people hurt people. But hurting people end up lonely people. Third, fear. Fear will rob your joy. There's no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. Torment is punishment. What we fear and where we fear, we lack love. Fear, if not dealt with the correct way, you ready? Brings self-induced punishment. Fear not dealt with correctly brings self-induced punishment to the Christian. We should not have to live that way. God is love. He created us to love. Fear is the biblical opposite of love. Fear is a red flag that we’re lacking love in that area. Fear is a red flag that we lack faith in that area. You need to give your fear to God. We have moments of fear, but we don't live in fear. I have fear. You have fear. We all have fear. But you don't live in fear as a Christian. You push through your fear. God didn't give you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and a sound mind. If you have to carry the Scripture, write it down. Pull it out and read it when you’re fearful. Sleep with it under your pillow. God didn’t give you a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. Amen? How to avoid fear. Remember God's protection. Genesis 15:1, He said, and after these things the word of the Lord, God came to Abraham in a vision, saying, don't be afraid, Abraham. I am your shield or I am your protector and I have exceedingly great rewards.

James Greer: [00:22:40] God will protect you. Second of all, remember to think about Him all the time. Meditate on Him. He said, if you'll think about it, if you'll meditate on it, He'll protect you in everything you do. He'll cause you to succeed. Fear God instead of man. One of the greatest fears that you should not have. Don't fear other people. When you fear other people, remember God, it's an indication that you have a red flag that God wants you to push through. Proverbs 29:25 says, the fear of man brings a snare. I can remember, every time I read that verse, I can remember the first man I was so afraid of in my life. I can remember that I was going to have to give up and be afraid of him the rest of my life or address him. I remember how afraid I was. I remember that when I did, I lost my job. I've only had three or four jobs, and I didn't have to lose it. It was a choice I had to make. But I know the fear of man will bring a snare.

James Greer: [00:23:40] If you handle it correctly, God is more powerful than any person. God is more powerful than any problem, and God does not want you to fear somebody. He may want you to respect them. He may want you to honor them. But He does not want you to fear them. Amen? He's greater than your fear. Okay? There's a fear of God. That's being the awesomeness of God. You know? The fear of God is obeying God in spite of situations and circumstances. The wrong fear robs your joy. The right fear will bring joy. See, God promises protection. He promises you power. So don't let fear rob you. There are some things that we should do. Those are things that rob your joy. Here are some things that'll give you joy real quick. You ready? Focus on giving instead of getting. That's the opposite. When sin came in the world that we have a nature of just getting instead of giving. This is not going to be in the message next Sunday. But how about everybody that’s married focus on giving to your mate instead of getting all the time? Whoo, Brother James. Amen? Go home today and say, hey, you focus on what? Hey. Yeah, focus on what you can give your mate instead of get. All right? I'm talking about just in general. I know all the men are going. No, I'm talking about in general physically. That’s physical. Anyway, you know what I mean. Generosity fights selfishness. How do you grow in your relationship? Not focusing on what you can get, but what you can give. Acts told us that. Acts 20:35 said, it is more blessed to give than to what? Receive. You want to be blessed in your life? I'm telling you, you don't realize it.

James Greer: [00:25:35] The other day, I just tried it. I've been talking about this, and I'm going to preach a sermon in about three Sundays. I said, you know what? I got to practice this. I got to be more generous. Not just generous. I'm talking about on a day-to-day basis. I was out to eat and two guys behind me. They said, don't you think it was my turn to pay? I said, well, no, it's not. I was here first. And so I faked him out, and I went up there and I paid their meal because they were being a little aggressive. And when they said, don't you think I was here first? But they weren't here first. But I could have let them go. But instead, I was going to fake them out the other way. So I paid my meal, and I paid their meal. And I tried to sneak out. They were chasing me out to the car, saying, hey, hey, hey, thanks, man. I said, man, generosity pays off. Amen? And so we can be generosity. I mean it's more blessed to give than to receive. Did you know Luke 6:38 is one of my favorite verses? It's a principle that you can live by that would change your life. It says, give and it shall be given to you. It doesn't say what you give. You give out love, you'll get it. You give out friendless, you'll get it back. What is it that you need in your life? Give it. Not only will you give it, give it in good measure. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over to your bosom. For the same measure that you give out, it'll be given back to you. Whatever you need, you learn to give. All right? What are you lacking? It’s probably because you're not giving it. All right. Concentrate on healing that relationship.

James Greer: [00:27:00] I love this part. Don't rehearse the hurt, reverse it. Don't rehearse it, reverse it. I get hurt, you get hurt, what? We all get hurt. If you're not careful, what you will do is you'll rehearse the hurt. Instead, reverse it. Colossians says this. Make an allowance for each other's faults. I have faults. You got faults. We have faults. Don't make a big deal out of everything. Forgive one another who offended you. Remember, the Lord forgave you. Forgive others. Okay? Focus on the power of God, not your problems. God's more powerful than any problem you'll ever have. Focus on the power of God. If God be for you, who could be against you anyway? Amen? The Bible tells us in Genesis 18:14, is anything too hard for God? Of course, it's not. Amen? He tells us again in Matthew. Is anything too hard? No, it's not. Nothing’s too hard for God. So man, God said, listen, I want Christians to have joy. All right. Let me give you some closing thoughts, right? Joy is a product of being filled with a Holy Spirit. Amen. It says in Luke 10:21, it says, then he was filled with joy of the Holy Spirit. Serious, you can't have joy, you can't have the Holy Spirit until you have Jesus Christ as your Savior.

James Greer: [00:28:33] See, to have the joy of the Holy Spirit, you have to have Jesus as your Savior, you have to be right with God, and right with man. That's how you have joy. If you're here today and you're not sure that Jesus Christ is your Savior, the most important decision you'll ever make is when we give an invitation in a minute, say, hey, I want to have Jesus as my Lord and Savior. But that same joy that he’s talking about in the Holy Spirit is you have to say, hey, is there sin I need to confess to God? Is there a broken relationship I need to mend? Is there somebody I need to ask to forgive me? Is there somebody I need to forgive? That's how you have the joy of the Lord. No other way. You can't just say that I'm saved and I want the joy of the Lord and not make relationships right. But you can make relationships right. Doesn’t matter what they do. You're not responsible for what somebody else does. You're only responsible what you do. See, if you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, you confess all known sins and you try to make all relationships right, you have the joy of the Lord. See, the joy of the Lord is a strength of my life. Tells me that. It tells you that Nehemiah 8:10.

James Greer: [00:29:57] Could the reason be that you don't have strength and energy and joy, could it simply be that you've been trying to get it from the wrong places? Could it be if you're here today and, you know if you don't have joy, could it be because you've been too selfish? Bitterness, fear, selfishness, man, it'll get you in trouble. It'll cause you to do things you normally wouldn't do and go places you normally wouldn't go. Maybe you said, well, I'm just too busy. Maybe you said, I'm too busy to volunteer, I'm too busy to serve, I'm too busy to tithe. Did you know in the front of my Bible I have 1 Corinthians 12:1, an amplified version. It says, now about my spiritual gift, the special endowment of supernatural energy I get. Did y’all know that I'm 68? Did you know when I'm preaching, I feel like I'm 38? I do. It's the happiest time in my life. When I was gone for 10 days and they said, man, you have to preach. No, baby, I want to preach. I get supernatural energy when I preach. I love it. He said, brethren, I wouldn't have you ignorant about this information. Can I tell you something? I don't want you to be ignorant about something. I don't want people to serve where we have numbers of people to serve. I could care less. We got it covered. It's not what I want from you. It's what I want for you.

James Greer: [00:31:29] I love our people. I'm at a stage, I just want to give back. I'm at a wonderful place in life. I want to give back as fast as I can, as much as I can. I want to bring people as far and as fast as I can in their marriage, in their leadership, anywhere I can. I'm at a different stage in life. But I know with all my heart you'll never really have the satisfaction unless you serve. Serve in some way. I mean there's all kinds of different ways. But I've been here all these years and the happiest people, the most satisfied people, they find some way and some place to serve. We got people working in the nursery. Steven has people that work once a month. You don't have to serve every Sunday. But I just want you to experience what I'm talking about. And every department is not for you. You might not work with nursery, you might not work with youths, might not work with adults. Maybe you can work in the parking lot. Maybe you can, Darrell's getting together new people to serve in all areas. Aren't you, Darrell? Almost every area. I mean and he'll be down front. Don't miss out on it. So one of the reasons you might be missing out on joy is your selfishness, bitterness, fear.

James Greer: [00:32:48] Have you learned that generosity and giving defeats and overcome selfishness? I want our church to start practicing generosity. I'm not talking about just tithing. I think that's the beginning. I'm talking about a lifestyle of generosity. Practice a day when you go out to eat, buy the food behind it. Do something generous for somebody. I'm not going to let them go before me, but I might buy their food. I might be real generous and let them go. But I’d be have to be filled with the Holy Spirit then. Let's practice generosity. By nature, we're not generous. We're greedy, selfish. Are you focused on healing your relationship, not hurting? Would you commit today, no matter what's going on in your relationship, could be a kid and a parent, it could be two friends, it could be a marriage, would you commit today audibly, verbally between them and God that, hey, I want to heal this relationship? Because that's what God wants. The good news, part of the good news is God mending broken relationships. Say, I'm going to focus on healing the relationship, not hurting the relationship. And then last, would you focus on the power of God greater than any problem that you have? God is so powerful. His presence is here. I don't know what you're going through, but I believe in the power of God. I believe that now more I think than any other time in my life.

James Greer: [00:34:30] I don't believe there's any problem too big. I just believe His power could take care of it. And so I want you to go out of here with this unbelievable peace that God's power and His presence is here and He wants to help you with your problems. He wants you to have a joy that surpasses all understanding. He does not want it to be circumstantial. He wants it to be relationships, and He wants the relationship to grow right here this morning. We just stand and let me pray with you and pray for you? God, I love you. I pray for relationships this morning, first of all, the relationship with you. Second of all, relationship with others, families, people at work, kids, God, just relationships, period. God, I pray that we would confess our selfishness, our bitterness, and our fears. God, that we'd become generous people that would depend on your power and your presence, that we would focus on healing relationships. God, I just thank you for what you've been doing and that we don't rehearse the hurts. Starting today, we reserve them. God, whatever people maybe need to join today, today would be a good day to join our church. Maybe they need to rededicate their lives. Maybe they need to follow through in baptism. Whatever you lay upon their heart, God, I pray that you'd have your will and your way. It's in the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Bruce Goulart: [00:35:56] On behalf of Pastor James, I want to say thank you for joining the online experience this morning. Y'all, this was an amazing message that we need to take home this week and apply it to our lives. So I just want to say if you need someone to pray with you right now, we have people on standby that are willing to pray with you. There's a link in the description that if you click on and fill out, someone get with you right away. Again, I want to say thank you for joining our online experience today, and I hope to see you next week.

Recorded in Pineville, Louisiana.
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Journey Church
2900 Donahue Ferry Rd
Pineville, Louisiana 71360