Did you know that your happiness can be stolen? The Bible says so in Mark 4:15. The thief comes to steal the Word. He doesn’t come to steal the church — he doesn’t come to steal the preacher — he doesn’t come to steal the coffee! He comes to steal the Word, because God’s Word is the source of joy! The Word is the source of all peace. The Word is the source of all happiness. And so when we try to substitute our happiness with something other than God’s Word, we’re going to remain miserable, or we’re going to become miserable. Jesus said in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you that you would have My joy.” God’s Word carries God’s JOY! As you hear God’s word, you’re going to experience joy. As you listen to God’s Word, you’re going to experience joy. And God wants you to have the Fullness of His joy.
When you look at your life, do you think you are a victim of how your boss treated you, or how your wife treated you, or how your husband treated you, or your ex-husband, or how your parents treated you? If you define yourself by what other people have done to you, then you will remain a victim, and if you remain a victim, you will remain unhappy. But the moment that you break out of that victim mentality you will begin to recognize God’s joy again!
Are you facing something that seems too difficult to change? Does it seem like you’re at the end of your rope — like you’re not going to make it? Or perhaps you’ve been believing for something … but it just seems like it isn’t going to happen. No matter how difficult your challenges or impossible your circumstances appear your Heavenly Father will answer you and do the impossible. He will deliver that loved one you have been praying for. He will restore that relationship that has been broken for so long. He will heal that chronic pain that seems like it won’t get better. God will bring back your Joy!
|He said in John 16:24, “Ask and you shall receive, and your joy will be made full.”|
Do you know why we’ve been so miserable? We’ve been depending on ourselves. Do you know why the world is so miserable? They depend on themselves. But when you depend on God, joy comes! I’m depending on God to meet my needs. Are you? Do you have any needs that you don’t know how you’re going to meet them? Trust God. Ask God. And thank God.
- Whatever needs you have in your life, trust God.
- Whatever needs you have in your life, ask God.
- Whatever needs you have in your life, thank God.
And there is a river of joy that is going to flood your heart and flood your life. You are going to be happier than you’ve ever been before, because your dependence is upon God. It’s a miserable feeling to depend upon yourself when you know you can’t do it alone. You can’t heal yourself. You can’t fix yourself. You can’t do a miracle upon yourself. It’s miserable, but when you realize your limitations, and start trusting God to meet the needs that you can’t meet, to heal this pain that you can’t heal, to fix this brokenness that you can’t repair, and to fill the emptiness that you can’t possibly fill, then…
There’s a river, a river of joy and a river of happiness that is going to begin in your life!
- It will fill your life with happiness
- It will fill your family with happiness
- It will fill your home with happiness
- it will fill your marriage with happiness