Culture and (Happy Happy Happy) That word They no longer make me... happy

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<ul><li><p>Culture and(Happy Happy Happy)Christ</p></li><li><p>That word</p></li><li><p>They no longer make me...happy</p></li><li><p>I just want to be happy</p></li><li><p>I've gotta followmy bliss</p></li><li><p>DNA</p></li><li><p>"...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights</p></li><li><p>that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness."</p></li><li><p>DNA</p><p>IndividualisticAnti-AuthoritarianPursuit of Happiness</p></li><li><p>Looking for someoneTo spend life with:</p><p>I just want someoneWho makes me?</p></li><li><p>For a child-I hope she grows up</p><p>To be happy</p></li><li><p>Happiness as a goalThe measure by which</p><p>We decide if life is goodAt the moment</p></li><li><p>Drives pursuit of career</p></li><li><p>Part of the pointOf seeking money</p></li><li><p>Hobbies and Vacations</p></li><li><p>Temporary and Fleeting</p></li><li><p>The two tragedies:</p><p>Spend our lives pursuingwhat we believe will make us happy (delayed happiness)</p></li><li><p>The two tragedies:</p><p>Finally get it and find it doesn't</p></li><li><p>Has invaded church culture</p><p>God's goal: your happiness</p></li><li><p>Because God loves you andWants more for youThan you want for yourself</p></li><li><p>Because God loves you andWants more for youThan you want for yourself</p><p>His goal for youIs not happiness</p></li><li><p>BECAUSEI think God is for me</p><p>And since I want happinessGod is judged by my happiness</p></li><li><p>God is forGod!</p></li><li><p>God is forGod!</p><p>Glory= doxa- the quality of Godthat takes your breath away</p></li><li><p>Father, the hour has come.Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you"- John 17:1</p></li><li><p> for this purpose I have come tothis hour.Father, glorify your name.Thena voice came from heaven: I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again- John 12:27-28</p></li><li><p>"...at the name of Jesus every knee will bow...and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father"- Phil. 2:10-11</p></li><li><p>God is forGod!</p></li><li><p>"I will gain glory for myself </p><p>- Exodus 14:4</p></li><li><p>God's gloryIs in Egypt's best interest</p></li><li><p>"I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD"- Exodus 14:4</p></li><li><p>God is forGod!</p><p>"To the praise of his glory"- Eph. 1</p></li><li><p>A religion thatMakes it all about me</p><p>Misses God</p></li><li><p>let your light shine before others, so thatthey may see your good works andgive glory to your Father who is in heaven- Matt. 5:16</p></li><li><p>The Purpose of our LivesIs to glorify God</p><p>Why?</p></li><li><p>God doesn't need itWe can't supply</p><p>We simply recognize itAnd praise him for it</p></li><li><p>Because when God is most Glorified in you</p><p>You are most at peaceHave the most joyMake the best decisions</p></li><li><p>The chief end of man</p><p>Is to glorify God byEnjoying him forever</p></li><li><p>God is most glorified in usWhen we are most satisfied</p><p>In him</p></li><li><p>His gloryIs our joy</p></li><li><p>What we seek finds it's culmination in God</p></li><li><p>Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father- James 1:17</p></li><li><p>- God loves to give good gifts- He's the source of every good gift- Not from him= not his best for me- His desire is to bless with the best</p></li><li><p>...God...richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment- 1 Tim. 6:17</p></li><li><p>God wants you to enjoyTo his praise and glory</p></li><li><p>Because God loves you andWants more for youThan you want for yourself</p><p>His goal for youIs not happiness</p></li><li><p>Fallenness leads to Idolatry</p><p>Exchange Glory of the CreatorFor created things</p></li><li><p>"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, andhave dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water"- Jeremiah 2:13</p></li><li><p>Idolatry- To trust someone or something other than God to provide what only God can provide</p></li><li><p>"I know it's not your will"</p><p>"But it makes me happy""I just need this right now""I have grace, so it's OK"</p></li><li><p>I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols- Isa. 42:8</p></li><li><p>Seeking satisfaction (happiness) Outside the Source </p><p>Of satisfaction</p></li><li><p>Causes us to doWhat God would call sin</p><p>And justify itBy our goal (happiness)</p></li><li><p>God is not for myShort-sighted goals</p><p>God is forGod!</p></li><li><p>Because God loves you andWants more for youThan you want for yourself</p><p>His goal for youIs not happiness</p></li><li><p>we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.</p></li><li><p>For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son</p></li><li><p>And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified- Romans 8:28-30</p></li><li><p>God's goal for you is greater than Momentary Happiness</p><p>He wants you to be like JesusSo you can one day share In his glory</p></li><li><p>The Word</p></li><li><p>Not happy but</p></li><li><p>Not happy butholy</p></li><li><p>Rules, Dress Style, Haughty Look</p></li><li><p>Practices, Places, People</p></li><li><p>Holy= Hagios- set apart for God's use </p><p>Coke Bottle</p></li><li><p>To be HolyIs to be set apart </p><p>In character and natureBy virtue of death to self</p></li><li><p>And therefore filledWith Christ's Spirit</p><p>Joy, peace, purpose &gt; happiness</p></li><li><p>And therefore filledWith Christ's Spirit</p><p>Which glorifies God</p></li><li><p>Life will involve pain/unhappiness</p><p>Good News: Jesus will use itTo help you becomeWhat he created you to be</p></li><li><p>Is my "god" all about me?</p><p>Or is my GodAll about his gloryTo my blessing and his praise?</p></li><li><p>Are my decisionsAbout what makes me happy?</p><p>Or what will most glorify God- and bring peace and joy?</p></li><li><p>Happiness can be delayedJoy is yours now</p><p>Happiness is temporaryJoy lastsand brings peace with it</p></li><li><p>This week:</p><p>"What's your desire for me? Show me and I'll follow"</p></li></ul>