Inside Out Devotional

November 25, 2015



This past week we concluded our New Life: At the Movies series with a message on Inside Out.  If you missed the message, you can watch below or at one of our rebroadcasts throughout the week.

In the message, Brett asks the question if it is possible to be sad and still live a joyful life?  He uses a variety of passages.  Take some time to read through these passages and answer the questions below.

  • James 1:2-4 ESV – “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
  • Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 ESV – “Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.”
  • 2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV – “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
  • Philippians 4:4 ESV – “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Which of these verses was the most meaningful or convicting to you?  Why?
  2. When you encounter trials in life, what is your response most of the time…joy, sadness, anger?  Why?
  3. Why do you think Paul tell us in Philippians 4:4 to rejoice in the Lord always?

Throughout our days we will experience a variety of emotions.  Some days will be up, some will be down and most will just be somewhere in-between. How can you have the mindset of Paul in Philippians that you can rejoice in the Lord always, no matter what you go through or experience?

Join the conversation! Share below some specific ways that no matter what emotions you experience you can keep focused on Christ. 

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