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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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Audience: General adults
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that would probably about five minutes from now, and later on today, and tomorrow and every day, bring us back, God. We pray that You would bless us with whatever it takes to keep us close to You, even if it’s the very thing that we never want. God, do whatever it takes to keep us close to You. God, we want to know You intimately. We want to serve You. We want it to be about You. We want to worship You. We want to put You first, in every single way.”
Now, as you pray at all of our campuses, God may show you something that’s really missing from your life in an area where you can really seek Him. I want you to commit. You can talk about it with your LifeGroup this week, maybe, an area to seek God, and it could be that you need to read God’s word. You haven’t been. It could be that you haven’t prayed more than “Bless this food,” or you know, some kind of selfish prayer in weeks or maybe even months, and you need to devote time to God in prayer. It could be that you don’t have a Biblical community, where you experience God with other people and through a LifeGroup, and you need to commit to that. You might commit to fasting and say, “You know, the next seven days, I’m only going to drink liquid or something, because I’m going to seek God.” God shows you something, I want you to tell your LifeGroup, and we are going to, in our own ways, passionately seek the One who gave His life for us. Those of you who are Christ Followers, put Him first.
Now, let me talk to another group, those of you who are not wholly and completely surrendered to God, and let me tell you what I’d love to tell you. What I’d love to tell you is, “Hey, Jesus died for you. He wants to be your buddy. He will forgive your sins. Just pray this prayer and go on with your life, and everything’s going to get better.” But, let me tell you right now, I cannot tell you that. In fact, what I am going to tell you is this. If you surrender your life to Jesus and make Him first, things may get worse. Things may get harder, and things on this earth may never be what you thought they would be. Read about it all through scripture, I can’t make you any false promises. Here’s what I can promise you, though. I can promise you that scripture says your sins will be forgiven. You will be made brand new. You will be filled with the Spirit of God. You will be able to talk to God. You will be able to hear from God. There will be a God who is working in all things. He’s in the bad things, and He is working to bring about good. You may see the good in this life, you may not, but He is bringing about good to those who love Him and to those who are called according to His purpose. God wants to bless you, and it may not be the American dream. It may be something much greater than that, something that draws you close before God as you walk with Him and know Him intimately.
At all of our campuses, there are those of you who, maybe like me, you grew up in church, and if someone said, “Hey, are you a Christian,” you’d say, “Yes, I am.” But the truth is, you are not following Christ, and neither was I. Others of you, just the fact that you are here is like major miracle, like “Dude, I can’t even believe I’m in church, but I’m really feeling drawn to God.” What that is, is that’s the Spirit of God drawing you, and it’s your time to make a decision, and that is, “
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