LESSON 6: KILL JOY (this one is kinda tough)
- There are several ways that we can lose our joy. We can experience a tragedy, a serious health crisis, a forced job transfer, or worse.
- One of the ways we can lose our joy is when we deliberately live outside the will of God. A damaged relationship with God can rob us of joy if we are followers of Jesus.
- Are you a genuine follower of the ways and teachings of Jesus?
- In your understanding of what it means to be human, do you believe we have a moral conscience?
- If yes, is a conscience an important aspect of being human? Should we listen to our conscience?
- What is the difference between a pathogenic view of conscience and a healthy view of conscience?
- Is there such as thing as a false or pathogenic sense of guilt?
- Do you believe you are living in God’s will?
- Are the friends you hang out with living in God’s will?
- When does a Christian cross the line from being “in the world” to being “of the world”?
DIG DEEPER IN GOD’S WORD
- 1 John 2:15-17,”15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
- Psalm 51:11-13, “Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.”
- Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
- Psalm 32:11, “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”
- Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
- 1 John 1:5-10, “5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
- If you believe you are trying to find happiness in the world, how is it working out for you?
- A key question to ask ourselves is this: Are the pleasures the world offers more satisfying than the pleasures that God offers? Read Hebrews 11:24-26, “24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.”
- What role does “eschatological hope” play in the joys and pleasures that God offers His children?
- What would happen if you dared to follow God and His ways with all your heart?
- What may be holding you back for fully surrendering yourself to God?