Oct 12, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life – Lesson One (Romans 8:28)
Trouble is a part of this life. The Bible says, "Man is born unto trouble." (Job 5:7) Sometimes Christians expect God to keep them from problems and hardship, but God has not promised to do this. Christians, as well as unsaved people, experience trials, troubles, and suffering.
The way in which we meet the trials of life depends on the way we inwardly see and believe things to be. If we see things from a purely human point of view, we will be discouraged and defeated. If we see things from God's point of view, recognizing His wonderful character and seeing His hand in all our circumstances, we will know peace, joy, and happiness. In this lesson we will learn the Christian's secret of a happy life.
Before we consider the steps to a happy Christian life, there are some things we must know:
Point #1 We must know what to expect in this life
There is a false teaching circulating among God's people that goes something like this: "Become a follower of Jesus Christ and all your troubles will be over. God will keep you from sickness and make you successful if you just believe the right things and claim them." Nowhere in the Bible does God promise this. Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation." (John 16:33) Trouble is a part of this life. No one escapes it. The Bible says, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble." (Job 14:1) Christians must expect trials and suffering. The Bible says, "All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." (2 Timothy 3:12) Again, the Bible says that we must "through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22).
Point #2 We must know that God loves us and desires only what is best for us
The Bible says that God loves us as He loves His own Son. Because He loves us as He does, God desires only our best. He always seeks our highest good, even when we would gladly settle for less. When David thought of how much God loved him and how God was always thinking of him, he exclaimed, "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!" (Psalm 139:17).
Point #3 We must know God’s goal for us in this life
To understand God's dealings with us, we must know what His goal is for us. His goal is not just to make us happy and successful. God's goal for us is this: To conform us to the image of His Son. The Bible says, "those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." (Romans 8:29) How does God conform us to the image of His Son? He does it through our circumstances and the discipline of the Holy Spirit. This involves trials, troubles, and suffering. Therefore, we must expect these things since they are a necessary part of God's dealings with us to make us like Christ.