Trojan Horse Lie: Happiness

Happiness or Holiness? God's goals for us, God wants us to be Holy, not Happy
Does God want us happy? 

If happy means "joyful" or "content," yes.*

If happy means "having everything pleasant and comfortable," no. 

Holiness, not happiness, is God's goal for us.

Unfortunately, a lust for happiness has infiltrated the Church and encouraged us to be anything but holy.

We ...
  • Waste time.
  • Buy things we don't need and can't afford.
  • Mishandle responsibilities.
  • Pamper and excuse our children's selfishness. 
  • Neglect the needs of others.
  • Offer stingy gifts to God's work.
Seeking happiness breeds selfishness. I'm guilty at times, and so are many of you. 

Today let's make God's happiness our goal:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1

*Biblical joy and contentment are not dependent on circumstances. That's why Paul can repeatedly talk about rejoicing while he is in prison (Philippians).

This is another in the Trojan Horse Lies Series that started two Mondays ago. Read the Introduction HERE and Trojan Horse Lie #1 HERE. And do a 5 minute Bite Size Bible Study on this lie HERE.

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