Joyce Meyer - Seven Ways To Increase Your Happiness
I wanna say something from the get-go, 'cause I thought about this this morning. I felt like God put this on my heart. And as believers, our goals are totally different than people in the world.
How many of you know that we are called out, separated, set apart for a special purpose and a special use, and that is for God's use? We are His personal representatives in the earth, the Bible says. I love that.
And so, as much as I want you to be happy, the main reason why I want you to be happy is to glorify God. And to glorify Him means to show forth all of His excellence. And I don't think sad, bedraggled, disgruntled people with a bumper sticker on their car do much for glorifying God. Matter of fact, I think if you're not gonna wear Jesus on your face, then get Him off your bumper. And so, Jesus wants us to enjoy our life.
John 10:10, "The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy". That's his only purpose. But Jesus said, "I came that you might have and enjoy your life, and have it in abundance, to the full, until it overflows".
And to be honest, really, the kind of happiness that I wanna introduce you to today is truly not based on what's happening in your life, although God does want us to have good things happen to us and He wants us to have the hope of good things happening to us.
And I found it interesting, there's a Webster's dictionary that's an version, that if you love to study words, that would be a great investment for you to make. It's not even that expensive, but all the definitions in this version of the Webster's dictionary are based on scripture, and so you find a lot of scripture throughout these definitions.
And so, I wish that we would've stuck with that, but as we know, gradually, little by little, the world, and satan is the god of this world, let's not forget that, has gradually tried to remove God and anything about God out of everything concerning our society. And I don't know why it is so hard for people to see, even people who don't believe in God, I don't know why it is so hard to see that the more people try to remove God, but God does want us to be happy and He wants us to glorify Him. I wanna make Jesus' Name famous, amen?
But if you go back to that original definition, here's what it says: "Being in the enjoyment of agreeable sensations from the possession of something good". And I'll tell you the truth, if we don't have anything else, we've got the best thing in the whole world because we've got God. So, we all possess good.
"Happiness comes in degrees. One may be happy or they may be very happy. A person with no pain may not feel particularly happy, but a person who has had pain and the pain ceases will feel very happy now that their pain is gone. The only person who can be really and permanently happy is the one who enjoys peace of mind and lives in the favor of God".
God's favor is so amazing, and I've been thinking about just doing a whole teaching on that coming up here sometime in the next few months. Just, we need to pray for favor and believe God for favor, because when God puts His favor on you, it's amazing the difference in the things that can happen to you in your life because you're trusting God to supernaturally but then joy and enjoy is defined as, "The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition of the expectation of good".
So, you can get happy because you have something good, but you can also get happy because you're expecting something good that you don't even have yet. And I really love that. Our privilege is to be full of hope, because that's something we can do on purpose. It's not based on our circumstances. I can be full of hope any day that I wanna be full of hope, and so can you.
I can't always make my circumstances line up with what I would like 'em to be, but I can hope that good things are on their way. I can hope, which is believing that something good is going to happen. So, even if you don't have the good that you'd like to have right now, at least, for goodness sake, expect good to happen. Live every day with this thought, "Something good is gonna happen".