Good News: God Is Happy

. . . the gospel of the glory of the blessed God . . . (1 Timothy 1:11)

This is a beautiful phrase in 1 Timothy, buried beneath the too-familiar surface of Bible buzzwords. But after you dig it up, it sounds like this: “the good news of the glory of the happy God.”

A great part of God’s glory is his happiness.

It was inconceivable to the apostle Paul that God could be denied infinite joy and still be all-glorious. To be infinitely glorious was to be infinitely happy. He used the phrase, “the glory of the happy God,” because it is a glorious thing for God to be as happy as he is.

God’s glory consists much in the fact that he is happy beyond our wildest imagination. As the great eighteenth-century preacher, Jonathan Edwards, said, “Part of God’s fullness which he communicates is his happiness. This happiness consists in enjoying and rejoicing in himself; so does also the creature’s happiness.”

And this is the gospel: “the gospel of the glory of the happy God.” It is good news that God is gloriously happy. No one would want to spend eternity with an unhappy God.

If God is unhappy, then the goal of the gospel is not a happy goal, and that means it would be no gospel at all. But, in fact, Jesus invites us to spend eternity with a happy God when he says, “Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23).

Jesus lived and died that his joy — God’s joy — might be in us and our joy might be full (John 15:11; 17:13). Therefore the gospel is “the gospel of the glory of the happy God.”

Joy Is for the Generous

https://www.challies.com/articles/joy-is-for-the-generous/

The Joy of Walking with God

Christians enjoy the inestimable privilege of walking with God. As we proceed through life, we do so in fellowship with the Creator and Sustainer of all that is. We enjoy a relationship of true familiarity and intimacy. God pleads with us to tell him our cares and to make known to him our concerns, and he carries those burdens on our behalf. We, in turn, plead for his wisdom and guidance and he graciously gives it to us. There is no better way to live.

The Christian’s walk is one of close fellowship with God and earnest obedience to God. Here are some of the joys we receive in this walk.

Walking with God pleases God. The person who walks with God declares to the world whose company he loves most. His fellowship with the Father brings glory to the Father. He, like Enoch, will be “commended as having pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).

Walking with God has evangelistic appeal. Peter tells wives to walk closely with God so their ungodly husbands may be “won without a word” (1 Peter 3:1). Many Christians can attest that the first appeal of the Christian faith was not the message of the gospel but another Christian’s fellowship with God through the gospel.

Read more of Tim’s blog: https://www.challies.com/articles/the-joy-of-walking-with-god/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_campaign=Nightly_%272017-07-06_08%3a30%3a00%27&utm_content=5575

4 Ways Joy Is Formed In Us

“The Bible teaches that true joy is formed in the midst of the difficult seasons of life.”

– Francis Chan

BY GOD’S SPIRIT

You can’t even have joy until you have trusted in Christ and received the Holy Spirit as the Apostle Paul wrote that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Gal 5:22), so this joy comes from the Holy Spirit first and foremost as Paul wrote, “you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1st Thess 1:6).

Continue reading: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/4-ways-joy-is-formed-in-us/

How do I get the same passion as the Psalmists?

http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2017/07/02/get-passion-psalmists/

4 Ways You Can Know The Joy Of Soul Winning

https://www.christianquotes.info/images/4-ways-you-can-know-the-joy-of-soul-winning/

How the Reformation Rediscovered Happiness

https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/how-the-reformation-rediscovered-happiness/