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God Wants You Happy

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Sermon shared by Craig Groeschel

January 2007
Summary: You will hear people talk about this. You will hear it on TV today with TV preachers. You’ll read books about it, and you will hear it over and over and over again, and it is a message that feels very good. Here is the urban legend. It goes something
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to it. God could bless you that way. God could bless you with healthy kids, or God could bless you with a child with incredibly special needs … and you may experience the love of God through that child in ways that you never, ever thought of before. And, God could bless you with conflict-free living for quite some time, or God could bless you with conflict, and trouble, and persecution, and those who hate you because you love Him. And you are still blessed, so as much as I would like to tell you, “Come to God and everything’s going to be okay,” if I did that, I would be lying to you, because sometimes, that is just not true. But, what I will tell you is this. Psalm 37:4, do this with all of your heart. Scripture says, “Delight yourself in the Lord.” “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” The Hebrew word for delight is the word anag, and it means to be made soft or pliable. It means to delight or enjoy. Here’s what we do not do. We do not go to God for Him to serve our desires to make us happy. We go to Him as His servant, true to worship Him in spirit and in truth, and as we enjoy Him, as we delight in Him, what He does is, He gives us His desires, and they are no longer our desires, but they are His that He plants in us. And as His desires become our desires, then He loves to give us and fulfill the desires of our heart. How do we get there? Matthew 6:33, Jesus said it this way. He said, “But seek first the kingdom of God.” Not seek happiness, not seek the things that we want, but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then all these things will be added unto you. And so, I’ve got good news for you. The good news is, God doesn’t always want you happy. He’s always got something much, much better for you than that.
All of our campuses, let’s pray. “Father, we ask that we would never pursue what we want, but we would pursue You instead.”
All of our campuses today, now here’s a question for you that may be hard to answer, but I want you to be just gut-level honest. Are you pursuing happiness more than you are pursuing God? Now, I will be really, really honest with you. I’d like to say, “Man, I’m just, you know, I’m pursuing God, and all that kind of stuff, but when I’m really honest and I look at my life, I’d have to tell you that there are more seasons and longer seasons of my life where I’m honestly pursuing the things of this world, and what I want, and happiness more than I am pursuing God, and I want that to change. If you relate and you are being really honest and say, “Man, I am. I am off track here, and God, I want You to forgive me. I want to pursue You more than anything else.” If that is you today, I want you to lift your hands up at all of our campuses. Just lift them high, and there are hands going up all over the place, maybe more hands than I’ve ever seen before. “God, I ask that You would forgive us for being so easily distracted and pursuing
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