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Matthew 11:28-39 MSG
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get
away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a
real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn
the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting
on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and
Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has
anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to
heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the
opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the
acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to
comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give
them beauty for ashes, THE OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING, the
garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called
trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be
Top 5 Things That Steal Your Joy:

  1. Out of Control Schedules
    Ecclesiastes 4:6 NIV
    Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and
    chasing after the wind.
    “Not everything that’s doable is sustainable.”
    Psalm 127:2 TLB
    It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at
    night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to
    get their proper rest.
  2. Culture of Comparison
  3. Ruminating
    “Focused attention on one’s symptoms of distress instead of
  4. Inability to Process Pain
  5. Spiritual Warfare
    Ephesians 6:10-12 NLT
    A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all
    of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all
    strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood
    enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,
    against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the
    heavenly places.
    3 Reasons We Experience Heaviness and Depression:

  1. Biochemical
  2. Circumstances
  3. Spirit-Driven
    Hebrews 12:2 NIV
    … fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the
    joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat
    down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    James 1:2 NLT
    Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way,
    consider it an opportunity for great joy.
    Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
    “… the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
    Principles of Joy:

  1. Slow down and spend time in the presence of God.
    Psalm 16:11 NKJV
    You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy;
    at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  2. Practice the art of ruminating the Word.
    Philippians 4:4 NLT
    Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
    Philippians 4:8 NLT
    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts
    on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and
    admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
  3. Get around people who encourage you.