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Are You A Happy Christian?

In this article, we will explore being a happy Christian and what the Bible has to say about that!

Have you ever wondered what makes you happy? I have been thinking a lot about “happiness” lately. Our society tells us happiness comes from success, money, a loving relationship/family, or even food/drinks or a place/location.

I think a lot of internal conversations go like this…

“If I could only make this much money…”

“If I could find my perfect match to be with…”

“If I just moved to that place everything will change…”

“Man, If I just had some chocolate right now…”

are you a happy Christian

And in truth, those things can make us happy. The thing is, all those things are physical and earthly stuff.

They come and go just like the seasons. They may satisfy for a time, but they in themselves can never truly make you happy.

In seasons where those things are not present and “happy” seems like a distant friend, that’s when opportunity knocks. It’s a time for the Holy Spirit to teach you and show you about genuine joy and happiness.

The kind that doesn’t change with the season, because God himself doesn’t change.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8

How to be Happy According to the Bible

Happiness and Joy according to the Bible

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. – John 15:11

I’m just gonna be point blank about it. If you need more “happiness” then I recommend more “Jesus.” There is something about Him…. getting into His presence, worshipping Him, spending time with Him, that changes things in us. And Jesus doesn’t just offer happiness, but JOY and GLADNESS! That’s a whole different level of happy.

The Merriam-Webster definition of happiness is “a state of well-being; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” Sounds pretty good to me. I mean, who wouldn’t want that! But did you notice that it has to do with an experience? Experiences come and go…

The definition of the word rejoice, related to the word joy, is “to feel great delight; to be glad.”

And if you look into the Hebrew definition of rejoice it has a couple meanings:

“To brighten up”

“To spin around”

“To leap”

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

  • be glad, joy, be joyful, rejoice

Or (by permutation) guwl {gool}; a primitive root; properly, to spin round (under the influence of any violent emotion), i.e. Usually rejoice, or (as cringing) fear — be glad, joy, be joyful, rejoice.

Depending on the translation you use, the Bible uses the words happy or happiness around 30 times (the KJV only mentions happy 25 times), while joy and rejoice appear over 300 times. And just the word glad and gladness is mentioned 144 times.

Joy is not based out of our experiences. In short….GREAT DELIGHT, TO BRIGHTEN UP, TO SPIN AROUND, TO LEAP all comes with waiting and remaining in Him.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Galatians 5:22

I love this quote by C. S. Lewis…

The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water.

C.S Lewis

Nothing on this earth can compare to the joy and love God has for us! Hallelujah!

How to Become a Happy Christian or Should I Say a Joyful One?

As you can see in the Hebrew language, that is some serious level of happiness. I can personally see a vast difference in my attitude and outlook on life when I spend more time with Him. My eyes get off of my situations and stuff and onto Him.

In Psalm 73 we see this very thing painted out for us. Asaph the author seems to have a rough time understanding why the wicked flourish and he is definitely NOT happy or joyful.

“All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.” (vs. 14)

Uh, that’s pretty bad. Asaph is being a major Debbie Downer. But I LOVE what happens to Asaph when he spent some time with God.

till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” (vs. 17)

BAM… His outlook completely changed when He entered the sanctuary. That’s where the Presence of God resided.

This is what Jesus wanted to teach us. When we spend time with Him, everything changes! Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)!!

If things have been tough or you’re chasing after earthly happiness, I challenge you to STOP and start chasing the One who can only give you true, lasting joy! He will pour out the oil of gladness upon you.

Challenge yourself for a week, a month, a season to spend a consistent amount of time in God’s presence. You will become not just a happy Christian, but a JOYFUL ONE!

“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” – Psalm 107:9

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Yvette Mitchell

Thursday 24th of May 2018

Really a wonderful reading this morning. It is truly a joy when we spend time with our Lord and Savior.