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Don´t Chase Happiness

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(Deuteronomy 28:47-48)  “Because you didn’t serve the LORD your God joyfully and wholeheartedly, despite the abundance of everything you have, you’ll serve your enemies whom the LORD your God will send against you. You will serve in famine and in drought, in nakedness, and in lack of everything. They’ll set a yoke of iron upon your neck until they have exterminated you.”

(1Peter 2:9) “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

(Nehemiah 8:10) “He also told them, ‘Go eat the best food, drink the best wine, and give something to those who have nothing, since this day is holy to our Lord. Don’t be sorrowful, because the joy of the LORD is your strength.’” 

 

 

Contrary to what society teaches us, the pursuit of happiness is futile and will always lead you away from God.  Happiness is temporary, subject to emotions and to the influence of people around you, while God is eternal, unmovable, based on truth, and does not change.  So happiness and the pleasures of a world that will fade away are contrary to the eternal joy that only the eternal God can give us.

When we focus only on being happy, we will put aside all moral guidelines, sense of responsibility, duty, and we will ignore the negative consequences of our choices.  This pursuit of happiness will justify our decision to quit a job, leave our spouse, take drugs, party with no self-control, steal, lie or even stop following Jesus. 

If we reject the joy God has made available to us through accepting Christ and surrendering to Him, we will become slaves to the pursuit of happiness and end up bitter and disappointed with life. This is one of the main reasons behind the rampant increase in suicides.

But the Joy that God gives us is eternal, founded on Him and His Word, undeniable even during the toughest challenges. It focuses on an eternity in God’s presence through the gift of salvation that God gives to us by the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. This supernatural joy is what differentiates those that have encountered Jesus personally from those that have only heard about Him.

We are commanded by God to be joyful by enjoying the best of the best and to share with those that cannot afford those things.  By giving to others we experience the joy that God has when He gives to us and sees the smiles on our faces.

 “Sherman Owens says, ‘Happiness is of the mind, but joy is of the spirit.  Happiness has to do with circumstances, but joy has to do with your outlook.’  One is an effect you feel, the other is a decision you make because you know God’s got everything under control.”

 

What are you seeking today?  Happiness for a season, or Joy that surpasses all your circumstances?

 

 

Prayers

  • Heavenly Father, You are my hope and trust from my youth. You have numbered my wanderings.  You shall increase my greatness and comfort me on every side.
  • Forgive us for rejecting Your eternal joy and chasing after the temporary pleasures of this world.
  • We declare that we are Your chosen people, a royal priesthood that was set free from darkness and transported to the kingdom of Light. We are Your very own and will start to proclaim Your great works through our lives.
  • We bless Your name and refuse to forget all Your benefits.
  • We thank You that Your compassion never ends, they are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.
  • From this day forth we will enjoy the best of the best and give to those that have nothing. The joy You have given us will be the source of our strength.
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  • We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    17 March 2022 @ 15:09

    Glory to God in the highiest ! Bless His Holy Name ! The WORD Radiates With GODS LOVE .Amen!

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