Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Are You Making God Happy?

Are you making God happy? That's a silly query... How do you even move approximately looking to make an invisible being glad? If you are happy then God have to be glad? If you're making God happy, how can you be satisfied? Last week we discussed happiness as a situation the body has while in pursuit of this elixir, pumping up our neurotransmitters ensuing in a sense of euphoria. We achieve this elixir of happiness as we take possession of our prize. In that fast moment, it is long gone within the short while, referred to as purchaser's regret. Proverbs 15:15 says "All the times of the  are horrific, but a happy heart has a continual banquet." It is a kingdom of pride or pleasure, converting with our situations. I suppose it really is why we have cliches like "glad camper," "a happy twist of fate," "as satisfied as a clam," "happy as a lark," and "as glad because the day is long," to name just a few. So can we be glad-pass-lucky and make God happy?

Well, I'm for "an old skool happy finishing." How approximately you? Or, do you want a brand new fangled satisfied finishing? The pursuit and attainment of happiness is as vintage as the hills. What is exclusive are the "things" we pick out with happiness. In truth those things ARE the happiness, or so we assume.

Scientists have completed many studies comprising overt acts of happiness like laughter, a smile, and music related to humans. They've determined those acts have a profound impact at the human body, by lowering anxiety, enjoyable the tissue, as well as exercise the vital organs. Happiness has positive outcomes each mentally and physically on anybody.

The global perspectives happiness as how much you should purchase - how many toys you could buy earlier than you kick the bucket. The greater to procure, the happier you're. Riches, electricity and influence define happiness in that context. As goes the cliche... "the greater you've got, the happier you are."

What is actual happiness? It's a nation of thoughts, now not a condition of the frame. True happiness does not rely on situations, but our body of mind. We frame how we take a look at existence through our individual world view. Incorporating our present being whatever the status, completeness, in-completeness, dissension, obedience, disobedience, ailment, freedom, emotions, hostility, imperfection, inaction, maturity, and perfection (strengths) coupling it with our emotional status. That emotion can range from a feeling of astonishment, calmness, compassion, contempt, cruelty, preference, expectation, desire, affection, ache, liking, ardour, pleasure, satisfaction, confidence, security, zeal and pride. The two attributes supposedly envelope into happiness or no longer being so glad.

The Bible has several words for happiness. The Hebrew ESHER, (eh´-sher) is translated: blessed, blessedness, and happiness. Here are a sampling of the verses: Deuteronomy 33:29 "Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a human beings stored by using the LORD, Who is the guard of your help And the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will flinch before you, And you'll tread upon their high places." Psalm 32:2 "How blessed is the person to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there may be no deceit!" 2 Chronicles 9:7 "How blessed are your guys, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you constantly and hear your understanding." This is the Old Testament (OT) regarding a nation of mind, no longer the body.

The historic Romans along side the Greeks had been a skeptical lot and did not agree with that things introduced happiness. Their economy turned into based totally on scarcity and component intake. Our economic system is based totally on intake with lots of improvements, wherein considerable wondrous things are to be had and we ought to devour them in order to preserve the reputation and momentum. The Greeks and Romans distrusted our concept of happiness.

The noun MAKARIOS appears in Romans 14:22 "The religion which you have, have as your very own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves." Verse 23 "But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his consuming isn't from religion; and something isn't from religion is sin." I included verse 23 as it explains a bit greater about the verse's difficulty. Happy method blessed inside the context, but it is coupled with faith. In 1 John 3:21 "Beloved, if our heart does now not condemn us, we have confidence before God." What is that this self assurance? We start with faith progressing to self assurance, however where does it come from?

1 John three:22 expands at the idea "and anything we ask we get hold of from Him, due to the fact we preserve His commandments and do the things which are attractive in His sight." A partial photo starts offevolved to seem at the huge query, "Are we making God satisfied?" Happiness is contingent on us keeping His commandments and doing things eye-catching in His sight. Well, it's pretty easy. We just should discern out 3 operative words: 1) commandment 2) eye-catching and three) self assurance (religion and conviction.)

Before we head in the course of those three operative phrases, let's study the elephant in the room - matters. We have, deliver, do and acquire matters all the time. As a human race we adore the ones things. It's interesting in the Old Testament that there is not quite a few speak approximately matters (because of all their wanderings?). In the New Testament there may be much more discussion, about  types of "matters." First: there are the matters beautiful in His sight and second: matters not pleasing in His sight.

Our definition of "issue" comes from the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary pointing out, "An entity, an idea, or a nice perceived, recognized, or thought to have its very own lifestyles." It can be an object, article, some thing, and something all wrapped up inside the word "aspect." That's quite powerful, but the Bible is not from the twenty first century, so what did it mean at the time it became written?

The Bible has two time durations - the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT). In the Old Testament the phrase "factor" (word, rely, affair) is represented by the Hebrew word DAVAR. It wasn't approximately real tangible objects, but thoughts, information and conditions. Earlier I referred to this was now not approximately intake, but generating their meals, apparel and housing in the midst of a completely harsh environment.

In the New Testament (NT) there are 630 verses utilising the equivalent word "thing" in seventy four Greek variations of the word, every with a distinctive that means and flavor. "Things" have changed among the Old and New Testaments, while Rome changed into an city Empire. The those who lived inside the towns ate up uncooked assets, while the u . S . A . Folks and the battle machines produced that uncooked cloth then introduced it to the urban towns.

When the Bible uses the phrase "factor" or "matters," it's referring to human interest inside the shape of situations, relationships, gadgets, or requirements. Subtracting out the necessities of life, all we've got left is the minutia of day by day life. The Greek language is very astute. The philosophers of the time knew the risks of minutia ensuing in distraction and destruction. They knew the significance of doing the right issue inside the right manner at the right time. You ought to nearly say they had been passionate about it.

In our quest to answer the question, "Are You Making God Happy?," we've got protected two sections of this on-going collection. The first article mentioned the organic characteristic of the frame inside the seek, pursuit and attainment of things producing happiness in a client environment. That's no longer happiness, only a fleeting desire. The 2nd article utilizes the Bible for definitions establishing keywords: commandment, pleasing and confidence. Then we addressed the elephant in the room - things (the minutia of our lives) which is not making God happy.

Next week we'll talk the primary of three key phrases: "commandment," the usage of the Bible as a benchmark to a few crucial records that are unchanging in a converting global. Following His commandments makes God happy. Until then, may also God be with you!

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