Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland
Joy! And How to Get It
May 30, 2021

Joy! And How to Get It

May 30, 2021

Joy! And How to Get It
Nehemiah 12:27-47

Pastor Terry Wilcox

The “celebrate joyfully” of verse 27 from the Hebrew is for gaiety, mirth, pleasure, and delight.

When the Alexa on my desk said, “Happy Friday, Terry,” I almost said, “Thank you!”


  1. Their focus was on God.  Nehemiah 12:27
    If you want joy, learn to worship.

  2. Holiness precedes happiness. Nehemiah 12:30
    I John 1:9, Acts 3:19

  3. Joyful people are servants. Nehemiah 12:38
    Fifty-two days earlier there was no wall to dedicate. 

    I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know; the only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” -Dr. Albert Schweitzer

  4. You can have joy regardless of your circumstances.

How Can We Have Joy?

  1. Know you have received God’s gift of salvation and eternal life.
    Luke 10:20, John 3:36, I John 5:13

  2. Surrender to the control of the Holy Spirit.
    Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:18-19
    Joy is a by-product of God in us.

  3. Give and serve. Nehemiah 12:44
    II Corinthians 9:6-15

  4. His Word produces joy.  I John 1:4
    Genesis 1:27-29, Habakkuk 1:5, Psalm 103:11-12, Jeremiah 31:34b

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