Prov 28:14 says we will be happy if we fear the Lord always. If we take our definitions and concepts and values from God - regarding both happiness and holiness, it is possible to be happy and holy at the same time. In our modern, American culture, happiness is paramount. It is our dependence on the grace and love of God during such times that makes them formative in our lives rather than destructive. As believers, our value system should not be based on a temporal paradigm view of materialism and earthly significance but on an eternal paradigm based on faith and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Generally, the adjective is associated with some of the most mundane experiences of human existence.
Everything else is just temporary. Proverbs 14:13 - Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. He wants their joy to be everlasting. He then said he knew the Lord would deliver him from every evil attack, in spite of noting in this same passage his imminent martyrdom for the faith 2 Timothy 4:6-18.
I love the sound of it, the way it makes me feel and the unexpected, uncontrollable and infectious nature of it. On the contrary, God is lovingly using these experiences to mold us into people who more fully reflect his own love to the world. As far as I'm concerned, it's guilt-free goodness. So Jesus doesn't want us to be happy? Our problem is - the tendency to reduce this God of glory to more manageable proportions; we trivialize God, and make Him into our own image. These are so spiritually dedicated that even persecution cannot extinguish their joy. Does God want us to be happy above all else? But the struggle is not the end of the story.
No problem with that; in fact that would have been beautiful-—if it had been to someone who shared their vision of living radically for Christ. If we are genuinely interested in developing a more solid character—being more loving, gentler, kinder, more patient, stronger—then we must admit that such traits are not developed in easy, comfortable times. Real happiness in its best sense is always a by-product of something else we do, of being engaged in some purpose outside of or greater than ourselves. Conservatives wondered, If God rules the world and bad things happen to good people, then his happiness clearly diverges from ours--and why should he endorse our ill-informed and oft-depraved ideas of joy? Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and what better way is there to express joy but through laughter? Joy should be present in all believers in spite of the circumstances or challenges one might be facing. Actually, I think we are missing a really powerful truth here, and it dramatically affects our understanding of how good God really is. There is unspeakable inexpressible joy in Christ 1 Pet 1:8. Satan takes a truth, or a partial truth and twists it and sucks us in and ultimately takes us away from God.
We understand that eating candy feels good but is bad for us. Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Many in the church succumb to the temporal view because it takes a walk of faith to continually surrender our desires to a God we can't see, feel, or touch physically. Lewis 1898-1963 observed that it is a futile exercise to seek happiness apart from God. Be sober minded and set your hope on things to come, not things here and now. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. In fact, Paul continues: We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. And that's easy to say, but it's completely meaningless.
Copy the following code and paste it into your website's code to display this article on your site. The fact that many Christians live their lives based on the pursuit of happiness—instead of cultivating the joy of the Lord in obedience to God and through faith in the blood of Christ—is an indictment of the shallow theology in our midst. You have to give up the darkness and walk in the light. He wants gladness and joy to overtake them. While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. Charisma Media reserves the right to modify or remove any comment that does not comply with the above guidelines and to deny access of your Disqus account to make additional comments to the website without any notice. Do I Have to Be Perfect? Laughter as medicine Laughter is often referred to as the best medicine.
Think of them as fences. Eventually she vanishes altogether into a black hole of reckless abandon, never to be heard from again. The common Hebrew term is asre. Rom 14:22 says we will be happy if we do not condemn ourselves by what we approve of. Prayer helps you overcome anything life throws at you. In reality, they are far more common than we realize, and are becoming more so in an increasingly crass world.
Seems like the author of this article didn't study Koine Greek. Of course, it goes without saying that most of these people either fell away or never maximized their purpose in Christ. Yes, God wants us to be happy, but only happy in the way that He defines happiness, and only pursuing happiness in the ways that He permits and commands. He wants to refine our character, help us heal from the past and develop into our emotional and spiritual potential. It adds nothing to the discussion and only causes strife. Protestantism from the 18th to the early 20th century.
That is of course easier said then done though and a difficulty you will probably experience your whole life. Being a child of God, being a part of His kingdom, being in fellowship with Him is what true happiness looks like. The claim that a powerful God most desires human happiness stands in stark contrast to reality. Throughout the biblical narrative we read accounts of steadfastly faithful and pious men and women enduring incredible suffering. Sometimes their trials are merely the result of life in this world. As a minister for over 30 years I can't count how many so-called disciples of Christ have uprooted their families from our church and moved to another state merely for economic leverage or to escape the winter season—all without hearing from God or first researching where their families could find a good church.
Â Sean McDowell Does God Just Want Me to Be Happy? Many years prior, they rebelled against God, and He distanced Himself from them. Jesus' response was so sharply opposed to Peter's perspective that He called him Satan Mark 8:31-33! Then, your happiness will be constant, full, and complete. Print Along with my regular blog here at seanmcdowell. I often tell believers, if you want to always be happy, don't get married, don't have children, don't get involved in the ministry , don't work and don't have important responsibilities —because, you will continually deal with adverse relational situations that will intrude upon your happy thoughts! Not all the children will be able to sit through the discipling sessions. He admitted that pastors had used this approach with him before.