Why So Many Christians Are Unhappy
God wants His children to be happy, because as a child of God through Christ we are to enjoy life, and our life is to be full. In John 10:10 …… I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
John 10:10 tells us that we are to enjoy life, however there is another part to this scripture. It also says “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy”. This can immediately suck the JOY out of your life!!
Who is the thief? The thief is Satan, and he “comes” which means, Satan is continually coming in our life to kill, steal, and destroy. You have Satan doing his part on a daily basis, and then there is Jesus who said “I came” which means, those in Christ Jesus have been given the ability to enjoy life, in accordance to God, to its fullest. In order for our joy to leave then we must give it away!
So, if Jesus wants us to live a full and joyful life, then why are so many Christians UNHAPPY and have NO VICTORY in their life. Why? Because God has one definition and man has another. This bible study is going to talk about godly happiness. In order to live a full and abundant life then you must live your life unto THE LORD!
WHAT TYPE OF HAPPINESS IS BEING SEEKED
What is the difference between man’s happy and True Godly Joy. Here are some quotes we found:
1. “Happiness is a choice.”
2. “Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you”
3. “The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.”
Although these quotes have many great features the problem lies in the power behind these quotes. We listen to many people and their words, but people cannot bring True Joy into your heart. How long are you happy or content after reading quotes from people? These types of motivational quotes give unsustainable happiness. Jesus said “do not be deceived”. When reading or listening to these quotes, sermons, self help books, and so forth they give you momentary hope for change, however there is no True Power to change. The bible tells us in the last days there will be plenty of false everything and plenty of people willing to give you locker room pep talks for those willing to listen. You must make a decision, do you want permanent change or feel good change, because in order to choose the Lord then we must LOVE sound doctrine and God’s truth which demolishes feel good change.
If you choose to have permanent change then this is what God says, He says our joy is given to us by Him and our power is from the Holy Spirit. So, we on our own have neither. We merely go from one feel good emotion to another. Scripture tells us in Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
So there is no feel good, no hope and no True Joy in and of ourselves, and there is no feel good emotion, pep talks, or self anything spoken in the Word Of God. Here in lies the question, what happiness are you looking for?
WHAT DOES IT TRULY MEAN TO BE HAPPY (Bless)
(Matthew 5) Jesus is teaching who is blessed and what the blessing is. Jesus is telling His disciples and others their life is to be lived in this godly way with this godly attitude. Those who live life surrendered to Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord will receive godly blessings. Jesus is making known the character traits of those who love, obey and follow Him.
WHO AND WHAT IS BLESSED
I Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
In 1 Timothy 1:11 we see “according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God” , blessed is applied to God (WHO). Blessed, in godly terms, indicates a joy that stands within (WHAT). Joy that is calm, can not be taken unless given, and it is not dependent on outside circumstances.
“joy which is serene and untouchable, and self contained, that joy which is completely independent of all the chances and changes of life”.(BARCLAY)
HOW TO RECEIVE A GODLY BLESSING
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. We must see we are “poor in spirit”. What does this mean?
It is our inner attitude toward God. Jesus is telling His disciples and others, you have nothing to offer God. It is not that you are not valued, but all you can offer to God is tainted sin and nothing but filthy rags. Someone “poor in spirit” knows and accepts they are guilty of sin and on their own, sin and unrighteousness is all they have to offer God.
JESUS DRAWS US A PICTURE OF POOR IN SPIRIT
Luke 18:9-14 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Here is the picture of two different self viewpoints, one who is not poor in spirit, but is full of his own self righteousness. The Pharisee believes that his works make him right before God. His proof is his material gain or do you see this as “God has blessed him”. He does not see himself as a sinner based on his own perception.
The tax collector is the picture of one who is poor in spirit. Irregardless of his material gain he knew his inside life and his attitude had nothing to offer God. He knew all he could offer was his sin. So which one was truly blessed according to God’s standard, the tax collector or the pharisee?
Jesus says the humble one inherits the Kingdom of Heaven (God).
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit
Matthew 16:24-26, 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
As you have read everything above, what did you learn from this bible study? There are two top things to always remember, Satan is always on the prowl to destroy your joy, and it is you who always make the decision whether to give it up. Each day we are to take up our Cross and Follow Jesus! The Cross signifies our death to our wants. Jesus is LIFE! We obtain life when we see ourselves through the Cross. What does this mean, it means when we die we take nothing but our works motivated by our love and faith in Christ Jesus.
Biblegateway.com (we use Bible verses from this site)
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