November 6, 2016
God's Promise of Happiness
"There are more than 2700 passages in the Bible containing words such as joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, pleasure, cheer, laughter, delight, jubilation, feasting, exultation, and celebration."
God makes it clear that seeking happiness through sin is wrong and fruitless. But seeking happiness in Him is good and right." Randy Alcorn
Charles Spurgeon once said of 1Timothy 1:11:
"The Gospel is also the Gospel of happiness. It is called 'the glorious Gospel of the blessed God.' A more correct translation would be, 'the happy God.' Well, then, adorn the Gospel by being happy!"
This means a lot coming from Charles Spurgeon. a man who struggled with depression his whole life. What we see here is a man who's happiness was in the Lord.
Randy Alcorn says here:
"If the Gospel doesn't make us happy, we're not believing the Good News, or grasping its extent. We need to remind ourselves of what the gospel really means. As Jerry Bridges says, 'Preach the gospel to yourself every day.'"
This is so important. We humans need to be constantly reminded of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. This brings true happiness and joy to the believer. It's to be celebrated!
It answered questions like:
Doesn't the Bible talk about joy rather than happiness?
What does blessed have to do with happiness?
Is there any difference between a believer's and an unbeliever's happiness?
Can lasting happiness be found apart from God?
If Jesus was happy, why was he called 'a man of sorrows'?
What does holiness have to do with happiness?
How can reading the bible increase our happiness?
Some say, 'seek the giver, not the gifts', does this mean God's gifts shouldn't make us happy?
You may be surprised at some of the answers to these questions! : )
I really enjoyed this booklet and highly recommend it.
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
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