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Does Jesus Care About Your Happiness?

You Don't Have A Right To Happiness

Jesus Doesn’t Care About Your Happiness. Okay, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but the concept is true. What He cares about is your joy, and there’s a big difference between joy and happiness.

We Care About Happy

We, as human beings, tend to care about happiness. We care about being financially secure, finding a spouse that we can be happy with, and living a long healthy life. We don’t like our feelings hurt, because that doesn’t make us happy; it makes us sad.

We care about material things.

We live in the moment, and our circumstances decide whether we’re happy or sad.

We’re concerned with how we feel.

Jesus Cares About Joy

I looked up happiness, or happy, in the Concordance of my ESV Study Bible. Do you know how many times it showed up? Zero. Joy is listed 16 times.

Jesus wants us to have joy, because joy is something that doesn’t come and go with our current circumstances. It doesn’t depend on our feelings.

What He cares about is your salvation.

Jesus cares about spiritual things. Jesus cares about eternal things.

Are You Asking For A Scorpion?

So, does that mean He doesn’t want us to be happy? Of course not. God made this universe and everything in it. There are a million things to enjoy, and we need to enjoy the things of God, but we’re not to abuse them. We’re not supposed to let those things get in the way of what we’re supposed to be doing.

We’re not here to simply be as happy as we can without a care in the world. We’re here to worship God. We’re here to make disciples from one end of the earth to the other. That’s what Jesus wants us to do.

Did you ever hear of taking up your Cross and following Him? What exactly does that mean? It means you need to crucify your flesh, as He was crucified. Crucifixion is not happiness; it’s pain, suffering, humiliation, and death. Crucifying your flesh is not fun. It’s giving things up. Doing without the things your flesh desires. Does that sound like Jesus is calling for happiness?

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)

Jesus invites us to ask for gifts from God, but I think a lot of us have the wrong idea. Many people think this means we should get whatever we ask for, and God should be showering us with good gifts. But how many things do we ask for that we think are good, but God calls bad? We ask to win the lottery thinking that would be good, but God, knowing our heart, sees us asking for a scorpion.

I believe that God answers all prayers, but a lot of the time, the answer is “no.” Unfortunately, we don’t like that answer, ignore it and say, God didn’t answer my prayer.
What Are You Looking For?

Jesus doesn’t care about your happiness; at least not materially. And by that, I mean he’s not interested in making you happy with health, wealth, and popularity. Can He give you those things? Of course. Does He give people those things? Of course. But not all the time, and that’s not the goal. Who can say why one person seems to have it all, all the time, while the next has nothing? That’s God’s business, not yours.

Life is full of ups and downs and our happiness is going to follow those ups and downs. But if you have joy, your life shouldn’t be an emotional roller coaster. When your happiness is at it’s peak, joy is pulling you down, reminding you it won’t always be like that. When you happiness is in the dump, joy is pulling you up, reminding you it won’t always be like that.

What Jesus cares about is your state of mind, and what’s in your heart. He wants you to have faith! If you don’t have faith in Him, you’re going to suffer the ultimate misery. You need to see the big picture, and your happiness here, doesn’t mean squat if you spend eternity gnashing your teeth in unquenchable fire.

Bibliography

Happiness vs Joy.” Diffen.com. Diffen LLC, n.d. Web: 17 Jul 2017. Accessed 23 Jul 2017.

Wellman, Jack. 22 Aug 2015. “What Is The Difference Between Joy And Happiness In The Bible?Patheos. Web. Accessed 23 Jul 2017.

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Is Praying For Trump Bad?

It is never theological malpractice to pray for people.
It is never theological malpractice to pray for people.

Apparently there are several liberal leaders, pastors even, that have condemned praying for President Trump. One has even called it “theological malpractice1.” But is this true? Is it Biblical?

Pray For Your Leaders

First of all, let’s make this clear: God says we are to pray for our leaders:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV, emphasis mine)

That is exactly what a group of religious leaders did recently:


But these religious leaders were criticized for praying for President Trump. As much as I disagreed with President Obama’s policies, I still prayed for him. Even though we’re commanded to pray for our leaders, it wouldn’t seem right not pray for our leaders. At a minimum, we need to ask God to give them wisdom as He did Solomon.

Pray For Your Enemies

Even if you see Trump as your enemy, as many liberals openly do, this may be the biggest hypocrisy of all: aren’t you supposed to love your enemy?

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44 ESV, emphasis mine).

Jesus said that. But it’s been called theological malpractice? Whose theology are you using!? It’s not Jesus’. He commanded you to pray for those who persecute, or “prey on,” you, although I question the leftist definition of prey.

Jesus prayed for his enemies while He was hanging on the Cross:

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 ESV)

You can read more about loving your enemy in Luke 6:27-36.

Praying For The President

So, here’s the big question: If the leftist ministers felt that President Trump is not worthy of being prayed for, but Jesus prayed for those who killed him, who’s really conducting Theological Malpractice?


  1. O’Brien, Cortney. 19 July 2017. NAACP Chair Accuses Pastors Who Prayed With Trump of ‘Theological Malpractice’. Townhall. Accessed: 19 July 2017. Web. 

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Fruit Must Be Produced: Being Good Is Not Enough

Green grapes on a vine

We have this tendency to think of good as things like helping the poor, and yes, this is good, but, this is not the same as producing fruit. For what good is it when we have made the poor comfortable here, only to spend eternity in discomfort. This is why, or partly why, our works are meaningless. Our good works apart from Jesus are meaningless. Only when our works are the result of our faith in Christ do they become fruitful. If we, the branches, are not connected to the Vine, we are a dried up thing and cannot produce fruit. We produce fruit when we bring people to eternal comfort.

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If You Believe In Jesus, You Must Believe In Satan

If you believe that Jesus is real, then you must believe Satan is real. Why? Because just as the Bible discusses Jesus as a real being, recording His conversations, actions, and character, it also refers to Satan as a real being, recording his conversations, actions, and character.

Satan’s Conversations

We find the first recorded conversation in Genesis 3:1-5. Satan is disguised as a serpent:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. (ESV)”

A lot of people scoff at the idea of a talking snake, but they fail to understand that this wasn’t your standard snake. Satan is referred to the “ancient serpent” twice in Revelations (12:9 and 20:2).

“Most scholars hold that it was Satan in the Garden of Eden who was speaking through the snake, not the snake itself speaking on its own.1

Later, in Job, God has two discussions with Satan:

In Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-6, we find that Satan had been “going to and fro on the earth” and “walking up and down on it.” In other words, he had a presence on earth; he wasn’t sitting in Hell biding his time. After roaming about, he then left the earth and presented himself to God, presumably in Heaven, where the two had a conversion regarding God’s servant Job. In both instances, even though God allowed Satan to test Job, there were restrictions. Satan complied both times, which teaches us that God is in control, not the devil.

In the third conversation, which takes place in Matthew 4:1-11, we find Satan having a conversation with Jesus. It is during this conversation that Satan tempts Jesus three times in the wilderness.

Satan’s Character

In 2 Corinthians 11:14, we learn that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Why is this important? Because when he visits you, chances are, he’s not going to be scary. He’s going to show up and make you feel comfortable, and he’s going to make you feel good about yourself, your actions, and your beliefs. You’re going to believe he’s bringing puppies and kittens, but the reality is he’s bringing unicorns and fairy dust. You’ll think he’s bringing good, but he’s really bringing evil.

Finally, in John 8:44 we learn that he is a liar by nature; there is no truth in him. Again, this treats Satan as a real entity. He is a liar and he is the father of lies.

Cautions

We are cautioned numerous times in the Bible to not only be wary, but many are ensnared and don’t realize it.

1 Corinthians 7:5: Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control (ESV).

2 Timothy 2:24-26: And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will (ESV).

If you look around, and listen, everyone thinks they are going to Heaven when they die. Jesus told a different story:

Matthew 7:14: But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (NIV).

Only a few will find life. Most will find death; Hell. Most people are ensnared by Satan’s lies. While he can certainly make you feel like you’re worthless, he can also tell you things that make you feel good. He’ll make you feel like you’re doing the right things, and believing the right things, but in reality, you’re furthering yourself and others to destruction. If you’re in with the “most” crowd, it’s time to second-guess yourself. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions.

Remember, if you don’t believe in the devil, but believe in Jesus, you are believing a lie, and rest assured, he believes in you.

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