Happiness Part 2

I received only a few responses to my last post regarding the “feel good” doctrine, however I received absolutely no negative responses. This makes me feel like most of you disagree in the greatest sense of the word and won’t post a negative reply. So, let me expand on this.

Many want to be happy and I stated that nowhere in the Bible does it say you are to be happy. Many are familiar with Psalm 37:4Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” and many others of God’s promises like it.  The connotation here is that if I love the Lord He will give me all that I ask. Nothing could be further from the truth. The point here is that if you love Jesus in the correct manner, what God has for you WILL BECOME the desires of your heart and that you will experience great peace and joy. Additionally, none of these desires will be earthly.

So what’s the “correct manner”? Paul said “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) Christ died on the cross to pay our sin debt, but He wants us to die with Him. You have to leave your worldly self behind, let it die so that the Spirit can come alive in you and His light can shine out from you for others to see.

Christ preached the following:

Then he said to them all: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

Then Jesus said to his disciples,Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35)

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:24)

Do you see a pattern? We must die to ourselves so that we can live in Christ, doing the good works He shows us and then we will be content in our circumstances. This is what it means to be “born again”.  It’s a re-birth of our lives in Love.  We must live in Love. What is Love?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)  We should no longer experience any of these negative feelings if we are believers.

If we can die to our earthly selves, let the Spirit shine in us and then live with the Love the Spirit gives us, we WILL be content in all our circumstances. And if your circumstances should deliver you into difficulty, then all the more reason to celebrate:
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)

Happiness Part 1

The “feel good” doctrine is taking a foothold in our society. There are a great many people who feel like they will get whatever they want just by praying for it. They take “ask and it shall be given” completely out of context.(isolating scriptural “text” is a “con” [context]) If you believe you can get everything you want just by asking God in prayer you are going to be terribly disappointed. This is false doctrine and those teaching it are false prophets! If you got everything you asked for and were happy every day of your life, you would be useless to God, because your focus would be on your earthly life instead of on Him. God has a plan and purpose for your life and the only supplication He will grant are those which fall into that plan and purpose – and then only in His timing, which is perfect for you, whether you think so or not.

You say “but God wants me to be happy, right?” I challenge any person who reads this to show me where in God’s Word it states He wants us to be happy. On the contrary.  The Old Testament is stuffed full of stories of people living through difficult circumstances.  The New Testament is LOADED with scripture speaking of our trials. Perhaps of highest importance are James 1:2-4 and Philippians 4:12-13. The secret, as Paul said, is to be content in our circumstances, good AND bad. For those suffering bad circumstances, we are to serve them as best we can. (James 2:14-26) If you are under trials and you have God living inside you, He will always provide a way out of a possible sinful situation – but you need to be willing to take up that option.

God will constantly keep us under trials so that our faith can be strengthened and our Christian resolve can grow. Don’t expect to be happy in this life. Don’t even expect to be happy in marriage. (1 Corinthians 7:27-40) Store up heavenly treasures and not those of this life. Embrace the trials of life and use godly wisdom to pass them, for passing builds faith but failing also has it’s own righteousness, through God, as it creates wisdom. So be not sorriful for your failures, for if we fail in the name of Jesus, righteousness will be your favor. (James 1:4-7)

God’s Acceptance

If after you have confessed and repented of your sin, you’re ever wondering if the Lord has truly accepted your confession and forgiven your sin, here are a few verses of scripture to reassure you and to know that Jesus is the one and only way to come by heaven’s gate.  It’s also good to know that even Jesus quotes scripture, so we can be confident that the Word is from God.

 

1 PETER 2:1-8
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.  As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

HEBREWS 4:12
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

JOHN 6:25
Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

JOHN 6:37-38
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, `From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.