Welcome back to Week One of our online Bible Study, “Fight Back with Joy” by Margaret Feinberg. We jump started our joy journey being reminded of God’s tremendous and fierce love for us and how His love gives us joy.
WOW! I was so excited when I read this because I realized, it’s half of the battle. We already have Gods love, it is available to us freely to overflowing. Now all we have to do is tap into the joy that comes from His love for us.
Love and joy go together like peanut butter and jelly. When we experience and accept God’s unconditional, unending love for us, we will experience the joy that comes from it. It will radiate like sunshine everywhere we go. We read many scriptures that proved God’s love for us.
This week was eye-opening to me because I began to see examples of joy everywhere I went. I thought I was already, “Full of His Joy.” When I took a look at my joy meter, I realized that there was room for improvement! I realized that I wanted, and needed more joy. I wanted deeper joy that would be consistent and withstand all the things that try to deplete my joy. I wanted to experience the joy my momma use to talk about, “the joy that the world didn’t give, and the world can’t take away!” Don’t you long for that type of joy? That no matter what the day brings, you can rejoice and be joyful in the Lord.
I am determined to purposefully seek out joy everyday. As a friend of mine said, “I want God’s joy to be the first thing people see when I am around!” This is within our grasp, and we are on our way to reaching it!
Join me this week and find ways to litter the world with joy! Let’s use God’s joy to fight all the things that try to steal our joy each day!
BIBLE STUDY TIP
This Bible study uses many Bible translations. Use a Bible app or online Bible such as YouVersion or BibleGateway and type in the verse Then you can change to a different translation as needed!
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
- Attend a small group this week. We meet here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
- Read Week/Session Two in your workbook and complete the daily lessons
- Memorize the scripture for the week, Psalm 16:11
- Practice joy everyday
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time. You may also post them here. Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal
Question 1: Share an example of how you intentionally chose joy, pursued joy, or activated joy in your life this week. (page 17)
Question 2: Read this verse and insert your name in the blank spot: “I’ve never quit loving you, _________, and never will. Expect love, love, love and more love!” (Jeremiah 31:3, MSG) Share how this passage gives you assurance of God’s fierce love for you and brings joy to your spirit. (page 16)
Question 3: How has culture influenced your definition of joy? (page 23)
Question 4: What ways do you tend to mimic Jesus or manifest Him wherever you go?
Question 5: Think of the last time you rejoiced when it made no sense. Share how your attitude of joy changed your outlook on your situation. How did it influence others around you: family, friends, and coworkers?
Remember, we are on this journey together.
“The Joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)