A Positive Attitude Is Joy

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #2

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Moving The Ark To Jerusalem

In 2 Samuel 6:14-15 NLT says, “14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. 15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.”

In Verse 14 describes David danced before the LORD – All English translations regard David’s activity here as joyous dancing. However, a closer study of the Hebrew word mekharker and its Ugaritic cognate suggests a sort of finger action, as if David were playing a musical instrument (McCarter). This understanding of the Hebrew is supported by the Septuagint, which states, “David sounded a well-tuned instrument (Gk. horganois, from which the word organ is derived) before the Lord.” McCarter translates this phrase as “strumming a sonorous instrument.” girded with a linen ephod – An apron or simple loin cloth used for ceremonial occasions. This is the “ephod” worn by the boy Samuel (1 Samuel 2:18) and the priests of Nob (1 Samuel 22:18). David clearly was, in Michal’s opinion, practically naked (2 Samuel 6:20).

In Verse 15 describes with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet – sounds adapted from the battle cry (Ackroyd) and trumpet blasts associated with going into battle with the Ark (1 Samuel 14). David accomplished many goals, whether foreseen or not, by this action: (1) he restored the great object of veneration of all the tribes – the Ark – to all of them in a location which no tribe could claim for itself; (2) he thereby increased his reputation and popularity in all parts of the nation; (3) he provided a new focus for national unity in this national capital (Jerusalem) he was providing them, and simultaneously in his own kingly throne; he was making his capital a holy city which would come, with the building of the temple by Solomon, to be of ever-increasing importance and meaning to the Hebrew people, even in the face of its dwindling political importance after the breakup of the empire after Solomon, and later its physical destruction.

After the tragic death of Uzzah, David’s worship ceases, as does his fellowship with God. There is a barrier between David and his Lord. Disobedience and wrong attitudes impede his joy. But David’s attitude changes when he begins to follow the laws of God and latter moves the ark in the proper manner. His celebration is this time without disturbance or distraction. When his fellowship with God is restored, once more he can worship with joy.

It applies to all of us, too, when we faced obstacles and adversities, disobeyed God and have wrong attitudes. They impede our joy. We need to begin to follow the laws of God, and ask God to help us to get closer to Him. When our fellowship with God is restored, once more we can worship God with joy. Amen!


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The Benefits of Wisdom – Obedience To The King – The Wicked and the Righteous

In Ecclesiastes 8:14-15 NLT says, “1 How wonderful to be wise, to analyze and interpret things. Wisdom lights up a person’s face, softening its harshness. 2 Obey the king since you vowed to God that you would. 3 Don’t try to avoid doing your duty, and don’t stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants. 4 His command is backed by great power. No one can resist or question it. 5 Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right, 6 for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble. 7 Indeed, how can people avoid what they don’t know is going to happen? 8 None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death. There is no escaping that obligation, that dark battle. And in the face of death, wickedness will certainly not rescue the wicked. 9 I have thought deeply about all that goes on here under the sun, where people have the power to hurt each other. 10 I have seen wicked people buried with honor. Yet they were the very ones who frequented the Temple and are now praised in the same city where they committed their crimes! This, too, is meaningless. 11 When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong. 12 But even though a person sins a hundred times and still lives a long time, I know that those who fear God will be better off. 13 The wicked will not prosper, for they do not fear God. Their days will never grow long like the evening shadows. 14 And this is not all that is meaningless in our world. In this life, good people are often treated as though they were wicked, and wicked people are often treated as though they were good. This is so meaningless! 15 So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.”

No one understands a situation or problem like a wise person (Ecclesiastes 8:1). His wisdom “lights up” his countenance as he deals wisely with others. “Vowed before God” (Ecclesiastes 8:2) means the oath of allegiance made in God’s name to a ruler at the time of coronation (2 Kings 11:17). Wisdom and authority have limits, even for a king like Solomon (Ecclesiastes 8:6-8). Solomon observed that life did not always operate by the cause and effect, reward-for-good and punishment-for-bad principle of retribution (Ecclesiastes 8:10-14). For the fifth time, Solomon commended the enjoyment of life as the only means of coping with life’s perplexities (Ecclesiastes 8:15).

The writer of Ecclesiastes is convinced that the best short-term solution for unhappiness in life is to get up every morning, put on a happy face and decide we’re going to enjoy life.

This passage seems to suggest that moods or frames of mind do not track us down and force themselves upon us. They should not be the master of our circumstances. We should be master of both our circumstances and our moods.            

Happiness is a choice, and misery is an option. When we agree with God that we are going to be joyous by intention, we are pretty much saying that our happiness will not be left to circumstances or to other people. God wants us consistently to choose the joy – option as our way of life.

Whatever our mood, we should assume an attitude of joy. If we deliberately choose this as our way of life, the mood with which we approach our days will manifest inner contentment. So Ecclesiastes reinforces our purpose of a positive life by simply commanding us to take charge of our moods and choose joy. Amen!

Sing To The Lord – Praise His Holy Name – Jesus Christ

In Psalm 30:4 NLT says, “Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise His holy name.”

The psalmist invites the community of those who have experienced the covenantal loving-kindness of God to join Him in praising God.

Our joy is uncontainable when we think about the great gifts of God in our Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps the place to begin is to ask this question: “When the word Jesus comes to our mind, does a smile dominate our consciousness?” Our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ should be such a pleasant affair that merely to think of His name tends to kick our emotional outlook up a notch or two.

To think of our Lord Jesus Christ produces such joy in most of us, for His name suggests all that He has meant to us. Our Lord Jesus Christ and a sour spirit rarely live long together in our lives. When either one is dominant, the other has no chance at dwelling in us.

The Lord’s Chosen Servant – A Song of Praise to the Lord

In Isaiah 42:1, 10-13 NLT says, “1  “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations.”

“10  Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing His praises from the ends of the earth! Sing, all you who sail the seas, all you who live in distant coastlands. 11  Join in the chorus, you desert towns; let the villages of Kedar rejoice! Let the people of Sela sing for joy; shout praises from the mountaintops! 12  Let the whole world glorify the Lord; let it sing His praise. 13  The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero; He will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout His battle cry and crush all His enemies.”

Here in these passages, the entire world – mountains, deserts, islands, and seas – is caught up in a great and overwhelming song of praise. The book of Isaiah suggests that drawing large numbers to God may depend on nothing more than the church’s developing a sense of authentic praise. When God is praised, the world will rush to our songs to see whether our joy can be appropriated into their own dull lives.

Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught the world to sing in perfect harmony. In a world torn by racial prejudice and civil injustice, this message of harmony is one that we can share with others through our praise and joy. Amen!

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The Priests Begin Their Work – Obedience To God

In Leviticus 9:22-24 NLT says, “22 After that, Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them. Then, after presenting the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering, he stepped down from the altar. 23 Then Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle, and when they came back out, they blessed the people again, and the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole community. 24 Fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.”

Every major section of Leviticus 8 ends with the phrase “as the Lord had commanded Moses,” or variations of it (Leviticus 8:5, 13, 17, 21, 29). That obedience was continued by Aaron and his sons (Leviticus 8:36), who were ordained and dedicated in this chapter. The consecration offering (Leviticus 8:22), when literally translated from the Hebrew, means “filling,” since “to fill the hands” was a technical term for ordaining someone to an office (cf. Exodus 32:29, where this word is translated “set apart”).

The blood (Leviticus 8:23) was placed on the priest’s “ear” (because he was to heed God’s words), on the “thumb of his right hand” (because he was to perform God’s work), and on the “big toe of his right foot” (because he was to follow God’s ways). The theme of God’s commandments being carried out continues in Leviticus 9 (9:7, 21) in reference to the nation’s dedication and purification. The main point of all this was that the people be given an opportunity to see the Lord’s glory (Leviticus 9:6, 23).

Joy, like relationships themselves, binds whole nations together. In this passage of Scripture, Israel sees the manifestations of fire, and as God consumes their sin sacrifices, the whole nation falls facedown and praises God, who has personally received their offerings.

In some ways, this resembles the fire of the coming of the Holy Spirit that set the early church rejoicing on the day of Pentecost. When we behold the supernatural power of God, we are at first hushed or quieted and then set afire with outbursts of praise.

First, Aaron, the high priest, makes an offering for their sins (which for us Born-Again Christians happened when our Lord Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins on the cross).

 Second, the Israelites gather in the place of public assembly (for which for us Born-Again Christians is equal to the church).

Third, Aaron blesses all the people (for which for us Born-Again Christians means Christ’s unforsaking presence).

Fourth, the glory of the Lord appeared in real fire and devoured the sacrifice (for which for us Born-Again Christians signifies the guaranteed living presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives whenever we meet together).

Finally, all the people fall on their faces in joyous praise and worship God with their whole hearts.

What is the cumulative effect of all this collective adoration? Unity. Worship not only brings God to the people; it also brings the people into oneness, I mean united in the presence of the Holy Spirit. We are united into one body, functioning as a single organism of praise. Unity allows those rough edges of separateness. We long to be one with our Lord Jesus Christ, and when we enter into praise, a wonderful phenomenon begins to happen. Amen!

Prayer is the key that unlocks and reveals faith. Effective prayer needs both an attitude of complete dependence and the action of asking. Prayer demonstrates complete reliance on God. Thus, there is no substitute for prayer, especially in situations that seem impossible.

So, let our hearts and minds in tune with God, in the power of God, the Holy Spirit. Let’s continuously and persistently pray for God’s perfect will be done. We as Born-Again Christians have been tried and cleansed, we have moved freely into a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ that is more powerful than it was before our trials. We are at home in the presence and fellowship of God, for we are heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ, more like Him that we could ever have dreamed possible. So, let’s continuously and persistently pray for God’s perfect will be done. Amen!


The principle is that no one has anything of value to bring to God in order to deserve salvation, mercy, justification, or even a second glance from God. The proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored. Acceptance before God cannot be achieved by good deeds, piety, or any amount of self-proclaimed righteousness.

Let’s never get over the effect of God’s saving transformation on people’s lives. People who were lost in sin, filled with anger and bitterness, give up their hatred and become approachable as we have studied and learned last time. That is, of course, why we minister to others. Those of us who minister are not people to whom love, gentleness and self-control comes naturally. We are people who have been remodeled by grace. We thankfully leave our old natures far behind as we embrace gentleness and self-control, the agape love of God, and in our treatment of others. Amen!

Sunday by Sunday as we come to worship, let me encourage our brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, and I want my readers and listeners to be both strong in the faith and sensitive to others’ needs. Because all, we as Born-Again Christian believers are strong in certain areas and weak in others, we constantly need to monitor the effects of our behavior on others.

In these JOY Series of Podcast, we will learn the following PURPOSES of this fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT:

  • The Joy of God’s Creativity – Podcast Joy #1 – To understand and appreciate the creation of God
  • A Positive Attitude Is Joy – Podcast Joy #2 – Learned how to acquire a positive attitude
  • The Presence of God is The Infallible Proof of Joy – Podcast Joy #3
  • The Reward of Endurance is Joy – Podcast Joy #4 – To receive and experience the reward of endurance
  • Focusing On A Higher Reality is Joy – Podcast Joy #5 – To focus on the higher reality and experience God’s presence
  • The Reveling of Angels is Joy – Podcast Joy #6

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating in 1 Corinthians 13.

Three (3) Questions we can answer from these Sources: The Bible and Guidance of the Holy Spirit

Observation: What do these passages or scriptures say to you?

Interpretation: What do these passages or scriptures mean to you?

Application: How do the meaning of these passages or scriptures apply to you or to your situation?

If you are not sure that you are Born-Again Christian believer, please take a look of one of our ministries, “An Invitation To Meet Our Lord Jesus Christ” at https://homefellowshipchurches.org/an-invitation-to-meet-our-lord-jesus-christ/

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Suggested Prayer: Father God, we come into your presence in our Lord Jesus Christ name, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for Your agape love and forgiveness you have done on the Cross of Calvary, and continue to intercede for us in prayer. Thank you Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter. Thank you for the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage and strength. We cling, yield, plug-in and tune-in to you Holy Spirit to help us understand God’s Words, obey them, receive Your divine revelation, know the Truth that sets us free, and apply them in our lives, in our Lord Jesus Christ name, Amen!

God bless you all and our families!

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In Malachi 3:10-12 AMPC says, “10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it”, says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” [Malachi 2:2.] 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer (insects and plagues) for your sakes and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine drop its fruits before the time in the field,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “And all nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight”, says the Lord of hosts.

If the people would obey God, giving as they should, God would flood His people with blessings. There would be an overabundance of God’s blessing if He was given what He requested.

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