Passage: 1 Peter 1:3–1:12
Text: 1 Peter 1:3-12
John Stott's Daily Prayer:
"Holy Spirit, I pray that this day You will fill me with Yourself and cause Your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control."
Joy: A positive attitude that is the result of complete trust that God is in control of our lives and the world around us.
God's work on our behalf:
Past: Caused us to be born again (1 Pet. 1:3).
Past: Resurrection of Jesus (1 Pet. 1:3-4).
Past: Old Testament prophets telling us about Jesus (1 Pet. 1:10-12).
Present: God's power guarding us (1 Pet. 1:3-5).
Future: The promise of our inheritance in Heaven (1 Pet. 1:3-4).
Future: Enduring trials prove our faith and reward by God in Heaven (1 Pet. 1:6-7).
Joy can be experienced today when we live in light of Jesus' past, present, and future work on our behalf.
"It was because they were a joyful people that the early Christians were able to conquer the world" - Stephen Neill.
"I can say I never knew what joy was until I gave up pursuing happiness; and I never cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries, I am eternally grateful to Jesus" - Malcolm Muggeridge.
Jesus has given you everyting you need for joy.