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Welcome to another Sunday evening service to all my beloved friends and family. I just want to thank each of you for your continued support of this ministry, both by continuing to follow us on Facebook AND for praying for this ministry and your pastor. I greatly appreciate all of you. As for ANY first time readers let me take this time to welcome you to WTLC of Newark Ministries. I hope you'll find tonight a blessing and continue to follow us on Facebook and like us as well. Now I've got several Well before we dig in let's say a word of prayer.

PRAYER:
Lord tonight I'm coming to you just as I am. Tonight Lord I'm asking that you'll open up the hearts and minds of the readers as well as my own Jesus and prepare us to receive a life changing, life altering word. Jesus I pray that as we go through these sermons that you'll help us be MORE than just hearers of the WORD but doers as well. Give us both the desire and ability to quickly obey your word. Lord PLEASE I beg you continue to use WTLC of Newark Ministries to reach even more people and transform their lives. God use this ministry to bring people to a saving knowledge of your Son Jesus and the gift of salvation through HIM. I love YOU Lord Jesus and CANNOT thank you enough for everything you've done so far and most of all for everything you're going to do in the future. Amen

INTRODUCTION:
Well y'all tonight we're going to dive into yet again another series. The series is actually a tie into our last series of THE REAL DEAL. This series is going to cover the "ROOTS OF GODLY JOY". The things we're going to cover are the things that is the basis of our TRUE joy, hence why I said it's a tie into our last series. I know I was going to preach these a bit a differently but the Lord laid it on my heart to do it this way. I was going to preach about the real local church family and then the real Heaven and Hell but the Lord wants the one sermon done later and laid it upon my heart to tie into the last series with one about our real joy. See way to many people think joy and happiness are directly tied and connected to the outward circumstances when they are not. Hopefully what we cover over following weeks will help you be TRULY content and joyful in ANY situation. So let's dig in shall we. Just to let everyone know this series is a part of a larger revival series that I'm just waiting till God will open the door to allow me to preach a revival live somewhere.

SERIES: ROOTS OF GODLY JOY
SERMON 1: PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
1). God knows us personally
A). God knew us from the womb.
(Jeremiah 1:4-5) 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
1). Keep in mind here that this "knew" ISN'T just an acquaintance type of knowledge. No it's way more personal than that. In fact if you'll notice God already had a purpose in mind and knew what Jeremiah was going to do. This type of personal knowledge is more of an intimate knowledge. God knows your likes, dislikes, your needs, and yes even your desires of your heart before you yourself know them.
B). God's knowledge of us is so intimate and personal that HE has the VERY number of hairs on you counted, yes HE knows even when you're losing hair and going bald.
(Matthew 10:30) 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

2). God longs for a deep intimate personal relationship with each of us.
A). Remember our SALVATION and relationship with Jesus ISN'T EVER NEVER WORKS BASED. You CANNOT earn favor with God. (Matthew 7:21-23) 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
1). You need to note here all the "actions or works" that are brought up to Jesus attention. Remember our works are as filthy rags to God. We CANNOT please GOD without FAITH.
2). This also makes Jesus not just some ruler demanding attention and obedience but a PERSONAL Saviour.
B). Jesus went through EVERY struggle we go through ourselves. Why so HE knows our feelings, pain, sorrow, and joy.
(Hebrews 4:15-16) 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
1). Notice here that we are to come boldly. I mean why wait or come like like Jesus DOESN'T already know. Jesus loves you and desired to even have a relationship with you so much look what Jesus went through just for you.
C). God paid a hefty price for you and my salvation. God gave His ONLY Son. Jesus died the most excruciating DEATH and guess who killed HIM? You and I did, our sins did, because HE had us on HIS mind at Calvary.
D). How much more personal can it get? ISN'T a child, to accept someone as your VERY own child, even more personal. Guess what you're a called HIS CHILD. We are God's children. (John 1:12-13) 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1). Remember Jesus even stated that the disciples WASN'T servants but HIS friends.
(John 15:15-16) 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
E). We are HIS people. We belong to God. (Isaiah 51:21-22) 51:21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:51:22 Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:
F). Jesus is our Shepherd (Psalms 23:1) 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

3). So okay we have this "Personal Relationship" with God but who is HE and why should this intimate relationship bring me joy?
A). God created the ENTIRE earth, and universe. EVERYTHING you know that exists, exist ONLY because God created it. (Gen 1:1) 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (John 1:1-3) 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
B). God is omnipotent, or ALL powerful.
1). Mother nature/the weather has to listen to Jesus. (Matthew 8:23-26) 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
2). Demons and yes even Satan HIMSELF MUST listen to Jesus as well.
(Matthew 8:28-32) 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.8:31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.8:32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
3). Oh and HIS power even is over LIFE and DEATH. He raised Lazarus from the grave. (John 11:43-44) 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
C). So exactly how big is God? He's huge y'all. I'm talking huge. So huge in fact God uses the EARTH as HIS footstool and HEAVEN as HIS throne. (Matthew 5:34-35) 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
1). This why the Lord Jesus tells us NOT to swear by anything, not the EARTH nor HEAVEN because it flat out DON'T belong to us.
D). Wouldn't you feel a great joy in having a relationship, a PERSONAL deep relationship, with someone who died for you? Well guess what Jesus did die FOR YOU. Jesus showed the GREATEST example of LOVE by dying for us while we were yet sinners and HIS enemies.
1). What makes this so important right? The FACT that Jesus had the power to raise from the dead.

4). So you might ask how is ANY of this knowledge supposed to give us joy and peace right? Glad you asked.
A). Knowing that the creator wants to have a PERSONAL, DEEP, INTIMATE relationship with you, a small, petty, wretched, filthy, sinner.
1). He not ONLY wants BUT LONGS for this relationship so badly He sent His only Son to die and suffer the most excruciating death/punishment just so we have the ability to have a relationship with Him.
B). The knowledge that Jesus loves me enough to die for me. Wow that in of itself should be reason enough but NO not just died but suffered HIS skin to be ripped into shreds as well.
C). The knowledge of HIS power should give ANYONE joy and peace knowing that the MOST powerful person loves me and is in complete control of EVERYTHING. That HE ONLY wants the best for ME. That should my beloved give you great joy but even peace in troubled times.

CONCLUSION:
YOU can clearly see the reasons this Personal Relationship should bring a person great joy in ANY circumstance. I mean look at everything we covered and especially pay close attention to what Jesus went through just for you and me to be able to have this relationship. Now I'm in no way saying that you shouldn't go to church since it's a PERSONAL relationship. NO quite the opposite is true. IT'S personal yeah but the church has IT'S purpose to uplift and strengthen each other's relationship with Christ. You think this gives you joy boy wait till Sunday. Yeah Sunday's sermon WILL scare you VERY badly especially if you ARE NOT SAVED, or know someone who ISN'T saved.

Now concerning the unsaved person. If you haven't EVER experienced this personal relationship or have fallen away and would like to experience it you can. Boy I promise you won't be let down. God's love is amazing. I know you might be sitting there thinking I'm to far gone or pastor you have NO clue what I've done. Let me let you in on a secret. GOD DON'T care about that HE loves YOU. JESUS loves YOU. JESUS died for you. My friend there's ONLY 1 unforgivable sin and that's blasphemy of the HOLY Ghost and I'll guarantee that if you're even considering asking Jesus in your heart you've NOT committed that SIN. So DON'T delay and ask Jesus in your heart right now. Ask Him to forgive you and wash you clean of ALL unrighteousness and HE will. He's just and faithful to forgive you. Pray with me right now. Jesus I ask you to come live inside me. Wash me clean from my sin Lord and save me. I'm a sinner and CANNOT save myself. Jesus I thank you for dying in my place on that cross. I accept your gift of salvation through your blood. I love you and thank you for everything. Lord from now on please help me live a life pleasing to you. AMEN
Now if you just prayed that prayer and meant it let me take this moment to welcome you into God's loving family. If you wouldn't mind getting a hold of me so I can personally welcome you into God's KINGDOM and loving family. Also if you'd rather pray to accept Jesus with someone instead get a hold of me immediately.

Now if you're hear and in need of PRAYER for ANY reason please also get a hold of me. Y'all can get in touch rather by commenting, pm me, call or text me. My phone stays on 24/7 so I DON'T care when I'm here anytime.

Till next y'all hope you have a wonderful and blessed rest of your week. Love each of you VERY much. Till next time may God RICHLY BLESS y'all. See y'all Sunday.

Pastor Bucky
WTLC of Newark Ministries
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