Spiritual Revival Bible Study Part I: Keep an Abiding Spirit Of Joy

Spiritual Revival Part I

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This two-part study, Spiritual Revival, challenges Christians to attain their spiritual goals.  The first part of the study discusses “an abiding joy” in Christ.

Perhaps you feel God is trying to communicate with you about working with Him in some area, but you’re not sure what He’s trying to tell you. Why are you having difficulty hearing Him when others seem to be walking with God so easily?

I want to help you examine your daily life so that you can create a clear channel of communication between you and God. Doing this will let the Holy Spirit lead you to your greatest purpose or fulfillment in life God has planned for you–no matter what your age.

Let’s examine joy. It’s one of the fruits of the human spirit found in Galatians 5:22. We are expected to cultivate this fruit within our spirits.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 (KJV) 16. Rejoice evermore.

Galatians 5:22  22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23. gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The joy mentioned in Galatians 5:22 is not a joy that only comes when things are great and all is going well. That’s just happiness. The “God-kind-of-Joy” is an abiding joy in Christ.

If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to remain faithful to battle the storms of life. Faith is an important element in trusting God and for having answered prayer. If you want to be strong in Christ, then you will need to develop an abiding joy.

First, you need to learn if you have an abiding joy or not. Once you know, you’ll be able to develop it.

A Lack Of Joy

Psalm 85. Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

When a person is sullen and depressed spiritually, cheerless and despondent, it is a sure sign that they are living without joy and are in need of revival revival.

Many discouraged people say when others try to encourage them, “Well, if my circumstances would just change, then I could rejoice.” However, when it comes to an abiding joy in Christ, it is not dependent upon life’s circumstances. Here’s an example that will be helpful.

2 Corinthians 8:1-2  Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.

As you can tell, the Macedonians were not in a little trial. They were in a great trial of affliction. They were experiencing deep poverty, tremendous lack in their life as many Christians are today, and yet they had abundant joy.

How To Achieve Spiritual Revival For God’s Abiding Joy

2 Corinthians 8:1 teaches us how to have true Godly joy that lasts a lifetime. Read that verse over again. Those men and women from the churches of Macedonia learned how to live in God’s grace.

More than anything else, joy is dependent upon understanding the grace of God, knowing that God’s grace is at work even in your affliction.

If you lack joy in your life, ask the Spirit of God to fill your heart. Then believe by faith that you have received and act as if it’s so. If you do, there will be a joy regardless of what you are facing.

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