Posts Tagged ‘Joy’

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“BUT GOD WANTS ME TO BE HAPPY” – Nov 14

November 14, 2013

“When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.”  Hosea 1:2

“God just wants me to be happy; therefore I am going to do ________________.”

Murder…Divorce…Adultery…
Homosexuality… Fornication… Theft…
Overeating… Laziness… Disrespect…

I have heard these actions used to end this sentence.  This one sentence may just be the most frequently used justification for sin in our generation.

We accept a lie from the bowels of hell when we believe that our earthly happiness trumps the commandments of God.

English: "The whole world smiles with you...

God’s greatest priority is not our earthly happiness.  His sovereign plan is not contingent upon my personal feelings of joy and satisfaction in the circumstances that I find myself.  In fact, God does not want you or I to be happy in our sin.  He wants us miserable in our sin.  He wants to kill the sin of our flesh.

God did not tell Hosea to marry a wife of whoredom because He knew that would make Hosea happy.  God had a purpose for Hosea that was beyond his happiness.  God was going to allow Hosea to be deeply hurt to show how the actions of Israel were hurting Him.  God was calling Hosea to unhappiness so that the beauty of repentance and the renewal of a loving relationship with the Lord would be shown to God’s people.

True happiness is found only in the love of God. 

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If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  (John 15:10-11)

We experience the love of God, when we abide in His love.  We abide in His love, when we keep His commandments.  That is when our joy will be full.  It is by our obedience that we can remain joyful in unhappy circumstances.  Our joy is not dictated by circumstances.  Joy is a gift of God to all those who abide in His love.

The escape from unhappiness lies in the loving embrace of God, experienced through our obedience.

God does want me to be happy – in His love.“God just wants me to be happy;
therefore I am going to be obedient to his commandments through all my unhappy circumstances.”

PRAYER: O Lord, you know all the justifications that I have used for my sin.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Thank you for leading me to repentance and returning me to your love.  Help me to abide in You.  Help me to desire your love more than my happiness.  Help me to endure sadness and disappointment through the hope that you have given me.  Help me to be joyful even if you are taking me through unhappiness.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son,  Jesus Christ.   Amen.

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“ANNOYING JOY” – Mar. 21

March 21, 2013

“With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!” Psalm 98:6

My son had a long night last night. As a result, I had a long night last night.  For most people, that may not be a problem.  It is a problem for me since I am an early person.  I rise early and I go to bed early.  Yesterday, I rose early but got to bed late.

My son had gone with our church youth group to participate in an evening of bouncing at an amusement center that has various themed rooms with trampoline floors.  They then went to a Pizza Hut for food and fellowship, which I think was a wise decision for the order of the evening’s events.  Unfortunately, one of the van drivers made a miscalculation in the Pizza Hut parking lot and wrapped a fender around a concrete appurtenant of a light pole.  The result, from my perspective, was a significant delay.

It did not hinder my son’s excitement for the evening.  He was joyful.  I immediately went to bed upon returning home after retrieving my son.  His excitement from the evening prevented him from ending the day.  I lay in bed desperately coaxing the blanket of sleep over my consciousness only to have it chased away by my son’s enthusiasm.  I was jostled by the sound of his teenage feet pounding down the stairs and then moments later back up.  I was poked by the slap of a cabinet door as he was in search of yet more food.  I was provoked to raise an elicit a “sssshhhhhhhh” to my son’s outdoor voice explaining the evening to my wife, who graciously listened in her sleeplessness.  I need to apologize to my son for not appreciating his joy.

JOYJoyfulness can be noisy.  The noise that comes from joy may not be appreciated by all who hear it.  There may be some who are annoyed, irritated, or even offended by the noise associated with joy.

We are told that we are to make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.   A joyful noise to the King is something that those around us will perceive with their senses.  The sounds, commotion, and activities associated with joy in our King should be obvious.

Joy is obvious.  We all know when someone is joyful.  Not everyone is going to appreciate our joy in our King.  There may be some folks who “sshhh” us.  We should never act in a way to purposefully irritate anyone.  However, we should never hide our joy in an attempt to please men.

Our joy comes from the great God we serve.

“…for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.  The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.” (Psalm 98:1b-2)

“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3)

Let’s be known for the joy that comes from a people, who serve with gladness, and are enamored by their wonderful, good, and faithful God.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for being the greatest source of joy.  Thank you for reminding me that not everyone will be joining in, understanding, or appreciating my joy in You.  Father, I pray that my joy in You may be a witness to them.  I pray that my serving You in gladness and love will so obvious that all around me will know how and why I follow You.  You are great and awesome, O Lord.  Thank you for your right hand and holy arm that have worked your salvation for me.  May my joy in You reveal your righteousness to the sight of all those who see me.   Amen

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