What are some things that make your happy or that you enjoy doing?
Review what Phil said:
A lie you believe is as powerful as the truth. It is so important that we recognize some of these common misapplied or misunderstood thoughts from Scripture.
What was the lie last week? (God will never give me more than I can handle)
The lie this week is a 2 lies for one truth deal. The lie is God wants me to be happy. The second lie is flipping that to the opposite that God doesn’t want me happy. The truth is God wants me to be more than happy.
Problem is in spite of the fact that we live in one of the most beautiful places and one of the wealthiest counties in the country we are not all happy. Happiness is a moving target. We are happy one minute and unhappy the next. Circumstances change constantly and our happiness rises and falls with each event, circumstance, encounter, paycheck, etc…
Prov 14:12 says there is a way that seems right to us but it ends in death
John 8:32 Says the truth will set you free.
Either we live in the freedom of the truth or the jail of a lie.
Talk about it:
The Lie: If we believe the lie that God just wants us to be happy, how will that lead us to make wrong decisions. When or how have you seen that happen?
How will we view difficult experiences?
The Truth is that we can’t trust our heart’s desires. Jeremiah 17:9 says our hearts are deceitful and wicked. We recognize that in news’ headlines and in other people but don’t recognize that in ourselves? We need to pause for self-reflection and see God’s view of our heart and His willingness to give us a new heart. When we realize our heart and desires are a problem and we decide to follow Jesus fully He does for us what we can’t do for ourselves.
Ez 36 :26.27. He gives us a new heart.
Paul said in Romans 7.15 that he doesn’t understand himself because he doesn’t always do what he wants to do.
What do you see from these passages and how does it help you?
We must realize as C.S. Lewis said (summarizing) that if you view this world as simply a place for your happiness you will find it intolerable. What does he mean by that?
He then says we should think of this world as a place for training and correcting,then it is not so bad.
We have new hearts but they are untrained. Our hearts will be trained by replacing lies with truth.
How do you relate to Paul saying he doesn’t always do what he want to do?
Recognizing that we sometimes misuse or misunderstand scripture what must happen to our hearts and minds in order to lead us in the direction of God’s plan for us?
What do we have to change about what we believe both about God and ourselves as well as where we will find happiness?
What is the “more than happy” that God wants for us? (Paul said in Phil 4:11b-13 that he had to learn contentment?)
What is so great about contentment?
What is the problem with just pursuing happiness?
Why doesn’t God want me to be unhappy?
What is our part in training our hearts to the truth?
What is the hardest part of this for you?
What can you do?
To be on the truth path toward happiness we must realize some things:
1) Our hearts lie to us and must be trained toward God’s truth
2) Happiness will likely not be found in the things you are pursuing
3) God’s greater desire for us is to find something more lasting than happiness. He wants us to find contentment.
The best place for us to start is to realize we may be on the wrong track to find what our hearts long for and God desires for us. We must be willing to consider we could be on the wrong track.
1) Start training your heart by expressing gratitude. What can you do this week to work out your heart muscle in this area?
2) Put God and others first. Live thoughtfully. See who and what is happening around you not just inside you. Don’t be the star of your story. Support others, encourage, express appreciation, honor them.
3) Use the truth of scripture to retrain your appetite.