God Rejoices With Us
Some great verses and thoughts about Christ and joy from our associate pastor, Matt Jones, this morning.
Remember God rejoices with us:
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.â€ (â€Zephaniahâ€¬ â€3â€¬:â€17â€¬ NIV)
God’s voice is heard loudly and clearly through the words of Jesus.
Jesus shared and shares his words, the words of God our Heavenly Father, so our joy can be complete.
â€œI am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. â€œI am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Fatherâ€™s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. â€œAs the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherâ€™s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (â€Johnâ€¬ â€15â€¬:â€1-11â€¬ NIV)