Happy Much?

Does God want us to be happy? Absolutely not! Wait, what? Yes, God wants more for us. He wants us to be filled with absolute joy. He wants us to be filled with His joy! Galatians 5:22 tells us the make-up of the fruit of the spirit. ” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”.
Notice it don’t say anything about happiness? Why? Because happiness is a cheap imitation of joy. Happiness comes from fulfilling the lust of the flesh. You see, happiness is fleeting, it is temporary and comes and goes. However, the joy that God has for us is everlasting. Take a look at these:
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Roman’s 14:17
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
John 15:11
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Philipians 4:4
You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
John 16:24
Always be joyful.
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Get the picture now? I would much rather have the everlasting joy of God than the temporary happiness that comes from satisfying the flesh. Tonight, let the joy of the Lord fill your soul. Let His joy come and bring you His peace. Then you will find true joy which is much better than being happy any day of the week. Go and be filled with joy my friends!
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Pastor Tim Lawson