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Cliché: God wants me to be happy

April 28, 2019 Speaker: Kevin Deyette Series: Cliché

Passage: Isaiah 43:6–43:7, 1 Peter 1:15–1:15, 1 John 2:15–2:17, Proverbs 21:6–21:6

Title: Cliché: God wants me to be happy
Text: Isaiah 43:6-7; 1 Peter 1:15; 1 John 2:15-17; Proverbs 21:6

 

If you believe God's supreme goal is your happiness:

  1. You start believing what makes you happy must be right, and what makes you unhappy must be wrong. 
  2. You start believing that any difficulty, delay, suffering, or obstacle cannot be part of God's will. 
  3. You start worshiping the false god's of comfort, money, pleasure, and things.

- God's primary purpose for humanity is that we'd live lives that glorify Him. 

 

God delights in our happiness, but not when: 

  1. It causes us to do something wrong or unwise. 
  2. It's based on the things of this world. 
    Better possessions + Thrilling experiences + Right relationships + Perfect appearance = Happiness 

Happiness - related to our circumstances.
Joy - Transcends our circumstances, a supernatural gift from God. 

 

True joy and blessedness are found in the presence of God.