Cliché: God wants me to be happy
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:
- You start believing what makes you happy must be right, and what makes you unhappy must be wrong.
- You start believing that any difficulty, delay, suffering, or obstacle cannot be part of God's will.
- 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:
- It causes us to do something wrong or unwise.
- 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.
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