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Habakkuk 3:17-19


Everybody’s searching for happiness.

Superficial happiness can be found, but that’s temporary, it doesn’t satisfy the inner person.


Hedonism– seeks out lust, passion and pleasure for their own sake.

If pleasure becomes central to our life, it soon dominates our life.

We will become worn out trying to feed its uncontrollable cravings.

We are living in a pleasure crazy world!

For we also once were deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.  – Titus 3:3


People who live for the moment take advantage of others to meet their own selfish desires.

Paul prophetically said, in the last days people will be


…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.  – 2 Timothy 3:4

He who loves pleasure will become a poor man.  – Proverbs 21:17


Jesus referred to this type of person when He said,

…they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life. – Luke 8:14


Despite their pursuit of pleasure, their true inner condition is miserable:

Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief.  – Proverbs 14:13


The search for genuine inner joy is never-ending when you separate it apart from the reality of Christ.


When we look for fulfillment in people, places, positions or possessions, joy becomes illusive.


Jesus said to the Samaritan woman,

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  – John 4:13-14


Our security can only be in CHRIST, in His kingdom, in the eternal realities of his promise to us.

Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  – Romans 14:17


True joy is established in the eternal realities of Christ and His Kingdom.

Although Biblical joy has an emotional component, it must be based soundly on a clear understanding of a right relationship to God.

According to, Romans 14:17

The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking; but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.


What are the foundations of joy?

1.  Turning to God with all our heart so that we trust Him with all our life.

2.  Entering into kingdom living.

3.  Love for righteousness that affects the way you live.


The writer of Hebrews reveals the pattern for entering into the joy of the Lord:


You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of Joy.  – Hebrews 1:9


The Lord Jesus Christ loved righteousness and hated wickedness; consequently, He was anointed with the oil of joy.

We must love what is right and hate what is wrong as Jesus did.

We must love justice and hate lawlessness, and then we will enter into the JOY of the Lord.


4.  Living in the Holy Spirit.

TRUE joy can only be found in the Holy Spirit.


Characteristics of rejoicing people:


1. Rejoicing people worship with joy.

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence; with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  – Psalm 16:11


2. Rejoicing people enjoy God.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them; that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  – Psalm 5:11


3. Rejoicing people know how to laugh.

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations: The Lord has done great things for them.  – Psalm 126:2


4.  Rejoicing people rejoice in spite of circumstances and because of circumstances.

In all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.  – 2 Corinthians 7:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice.  – Philippians 4:4


The prophet Habakkuk outlines the attitude of a mature Christian living in the joy of God.

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.  – Habakkuk 3:17-19


5. Rejoicing people have good health.

A cheerful heart is a good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  – Proverbs 17:22


If laughter could be ordered at the drug store, doctors would prescribe many laughs a day!


6. Rejoicing people are strong in the Lord.

For the joy of the Lord is your strength.  – Nehemiah 8:10


7. Rejoicing people weep with hope not mourning.

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.  – Psalm 30:5


Christians are not immune to trials or disappointments.

The Bible says that rejoicing people can weep. But they weep with hope.


8. Rejoicing people rejoice as an act of their will.

After the death of his son, David could still say:

I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” “I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.  – Psalm 9:1-2


But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.  – Psalm 13:5-6


…I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  – Psalm 34:1-2


9. Rejoicing Christians love faith challenges.

The joy set before him.  – Hebrews 12:2



This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on July 10, 2016 at New Life Christian Church

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