Happiness is Not Optional – It is a Necessity…
Have you every bought a lottery ticket hoping that winning huge amounts of money will change and improve the quality of your life? Pretty much millions of people do that each and every week, the chances of winning the big prize is less than 1 in 50 million, but we keep buying and keep dreaming. But would it really make us happy if we won a ton of cash? The experiences of former lottery winners seems to suggest that the money did not bring them happiness, only a different set of problems, along with a lot of begging letters and lots of “new friends”.
Money is a Commodity Which has no Life in it
Being financially blessed could change your life yet still not necessarily bring you any real joy. That is because money is a commodity which has no life in it.
Actual Life is Comprised of all things Organic…
Life comprises all things organic, human beings, trees, animals, water, sky, blood, air, in contrast money, houses, cars, these physical things are inorganic therefore incapable of bringing joy to our organic beings. Only life can bring joy and happiness to life. Therefore, drum roll please, to truly experience happiness and joy we have to experience a relationship with God, the Creator of life. When we begin a relationship with God He is then able to bring abundance of all kinds (spiritual, physical, emotional, loving, financial etc.,) into our lives and we are not depending on one commodity e.g. finances, to provide us with happiness and security.
Prosperity Gospel is False Doctrine
Preachers on TV and on the Church visiting circuits have been proclaiming the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ for a long time. It is not in line with the scriptures nor in line with the life that Jesus modelled for us. He Himself told us that it is impossible to love God and money, we cannot serve two masters. Yet many millions of people have been brainwashed by church leaders, to believe that money will prove that God is blessing their lives. God clearly tells us through the Old and New Testaments that God must always be first in our lives. “For I am a jealous God, thou shalt have no other Gods before me.”
We only to have to watch the evening news to realize that people who have only financial abundance are often deeply unhappy people and no matter how much money they have they always want more. The delusion they are under is that they are not happy at the present time but once they have more money they will be happy. It is completely illogical. We know from our own experience that when people die whatever they have accumulated here on planet earth does not go with them.
You Can’t Take It With You
All the gold and jewels of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs remains in their tombs centuries later, their earthly plans of taking their wealth with them failed. Jesus tells us that when we do good deeds for others, when we open our hearts to love and when we do it all in His name for the love and spreading of the Gospel, we are building up treasures (blessings), for ourselves in Heaven. Read more by looking up (Matthew 6:19-21). In contrast to biblical teachings the secular world has shown us that when we receive money then we give money to our creditors, the money comes in then it goes out, we realize that it is just a commodity necessary for the transactions of life.
Money is a Lifeless Loveless Commodity
Money in whatever form, has no life in it. It brings no life with it. The only value it has is the one we choose to place upon it. Money is a lifeless, loveless commodity Money cannot buy the joy of looking into the eyes of someone who loves you and seeing love reflected back at you. In the Bible God tells us that happiness comes from hearing and obeying the Word of God. Now you say ‘Isn’t that a little off topic? Tell me more about money, money, money…’ Let’s look at what the Bible tells us about money:
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:15
Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us and He is telling us in this scripture that life is much more valuable than money. We have to keep our eyes on Him and He will provide for our needs, we do not need to fall in love with or indeed covet money. He will provide. “Why do you worry about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do the spin: And yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…” Matthew 6:28-29
God Has a Plan for Our Lives
When we believe that God has a plan for our lives and we are open to hearing and following His leadings we can know and believe that God keeps His word. We will be provided for at all times, in all situations.
Conversely we have been lied to by those who would try to convince us that money can buy happiness; they try to convince us that products we buy that we already know before we purchase them, will rust and fall apart can somehow bring us joy. It is a lie. Inanimate objects cannot show love or appreciation. They can become status symbols they can cause other people who do not possess those items to feel envy towards us, but how shallow would we have to be that making others envious would bring us joy?
“Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 8:10-11
All Money does is bring more things
We all have to walk our own paths, find our own answers but it is imperative that we open our eyes to see that we are being deluded into believing that money can bring happiness when all it really brings are more things.
Happiness comes from hearing and obeying the Word of God. What does that mean? Well firstly it means that apart from God we cannot experience true joy. To have love filled hearts, and I am talking about real love, not fake Hollywood jump into bed with strangers and magically happily ever after happens, no, real love is about giving more of yourself than you expect from the other. Real love is sacrifice of your own hopes and dreams to help others live theirs. The passage below is the written description of some aspects of true and lasting love that the Apostle Paul wrote and this particular segment from Corinthians is often quoted at weddings. Corinthians:13:1-13
13 If I speak in the tongues[ of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
The Word of God is Relevant and Necessary
The Bible is filled with answers to every day life’s problems. It is not a book to be read in church once a week as we yawn and hear stories of long ago. The Word of God is alive and it is spiritual nourishment that comes inside of our hearts, minds and spirits and enlarges who we are. It is alive and reading it, feeding on it brings us to life.
The Word of God is relevant and necessary and changes our hearts and leads us to new doors of life and love each and every day, it comes from God and is God and brings life wherever it is spoken and believed. The Word of God is organic and it changes us from the inside out the Words matter and they change our matter, physical and spiritual when we read them and allow God’s Spirit to speak to us through them. In the words below written by Helen Keller;
This is where our true happiness lies, it is not found in other people, our possessions, or what we imagine as perfect life circumstances; happiness is only to be found in true loving surrendered relationship with the One who gave us life and Who has an amazing and wonderful plan for each one of His chosen children.
We are Co-Heirs of All That God Owns – Which is Everything
If we are afraid to grow and to become all that God desires for us then we can limit the truth we allow into our lives. We can choose to walk around with blinders on keeping real life, real love at a distance. Or we can realize that we are courageous beings who upon inviting Christ into our hearts have now also become co-heirs of all that God owns which is everything.
Everything. (Think about that for a moment.)
Once someone said to me, “That guy is richer than God,” it was amusing to me but I understood that the person who spoke does not yet understand what true riches are and so spoke from his current level of understanding.
God created all that has come into existence, I could not write these words if God had not brought me into existence, you could not read these words if God had not brought you into existence. What is His purpose for you and I meeting through these words which are connecting our lives right now? You are seeking joy and happiness; I am sharing the wisdom that God has placed in my heart freely with you.
Seeking happiness outside of a relationship with God is not feasible, sure momentary pleasures will come and go, but deep everlasting joy that is unshakeable only comes from a surrendered heart which has chosen to lay down all of its’ weaponry and now allows God to replace all the wounds with healthy love filled heart tissue, our renewed and healed spirits bring healing to our physical beings also, remember we are not our bodies, we are spirits living inside physical vessels for a limited time.
Once we let go of our desires to let physical objects, (money, houses, cars,) or other people, (family, spouses, children, friends, co-workers), and even our churches, (pastors, people in the pews, counsellors), bring us happiness, when we come to the realization that there is no lasting happiness or joy to be found outside of a relationship with the One who created us and gave us life, breath and purpose, (both physical – temporal and spiritual – eternal), we are on the true path to enlightenment, we have finally become teachable, usable, and lovable.
Love is a two way street.
“Dear God, Dear Heavenly Father, who created all and is in all, I lay down all my weapons of self protection, I lay down all my weapons I have used to reject You and others in my life, I surrender my past, my present and my future into your care. You are trustworthy and I trust you with all that I have been, all that I am, and all that You envision me becoming. I allow love, I accept love, I become love. Please use me in whatever way You choose to promote the spread of true love, which is a life centered on You that spreads out to all of humanity and all of Your creation. Bless me Father, forgive me Father, renew me Father, I surrender my life and all my life’s plans to You, for I accept that Your plan is the only plan that will bring me true joy and fill me with the happiness that only a life surrendered to the Lord can provide. Amen and Hallelujah!”
Constantly repeat the phrase, “I am open to love, I allow love into my life and into my heart and also my spirit. God is in control.” Do this each day for 30 days and you will see miracles happening in your life. Joy and happiness will fill your heart this is God’s true desire for your life.
Marion Sinclair-Simpson (C)