Jesus said in John 13:16-17 that the servant is not greater than his master, neither is the disciple greater than his Lord. And, “If you know these things, happy are ye if you DO them.”
So Jesus DOES care about our happiness. That’s why he gave us this key to being happy in life. But, you’ll never know happiness if you go by how you feel. If you serve God when you feel like it and how you feel like it, and then stop when you don’t feel like serving anymore you will be a stranger to lasting happiness.
See, even Jesus Himself didn’t come to do His own will – but to do the Father’s will. We’re talking about, JESUS, the LORD!!! He didn’t do what He felt like! He was down here not doing His will, but the Father’s!
We think that happiness and satisfaction come from having our way, hearing the kinds of sermons and messages that WE want to hear, and singing the kinds of songs WE like, and serving God in some capacity that WE ENJOY. In other words, “I WANT MY WAY!”
But, that’s not the mind of a real Disciple of Jesus. It isn’t, “I want my way,” but, “I want HIS way, and for HIS glory!” I had to learn several years ago that what I want doesn’t matter, just like Jesus said was true in His own life. What JESUS wanted didn’t matter, it was what the Father wanted, that’s what mattered.
What I want is carnal, and to have to have my own way is to be carnally minded, which Romans 8 says is the way of death. “To be carnally minded is death.”
That’s why our minds need to be transformed, like God says in Rom. 12:2. “Be not conformed to THIS world, but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind.” You’re not conformed to the will of God when you’re still wanting your way. That’s the way of the world.
If I can’t have my way,I’m taking my toys and leaving.
That’s the essence of worldly thinking. “Me first, what I want, and when I want it.” Spiritual thinking doesn’t work like that. Spiritual thing is, “God first. What does HE want, and when does HE want it?”
You say, “But I have my rights!” But God says, “You are NOT your own, you are bought with a price, so glorify Me in your body and your spirit, which are MINE!” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
Jesus said that the key to always experiencing the presence of God in your life, and the key that HE operated in was, “the Father has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please HIM.” (John 8:29)
Satan knows that he doesn’t have a snowflake’s chance at defeating you, as long as you’re walking in the Spirit. He can’t get you to stop being productive in the Kingdom of God, he can’t get you to be “salt that has lost its flavor,” he can’t get you to be a castaway, unless he can attack you on the basis of how you feel.
Satan can never defeat a real Christian by offering doubts as to whether or not the Word of God is true. Only a baby Christian would fall for that one. But Satan can and does wipe out every person who elevates how he or she feels above the Word of God and the Will of God. Then, he can get the people of God to become defeated, depressed, weak, sinful, dirty and under the condemnation of guilt and sin. This is why the enemy makes every effort he can to allure you through the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
Nobody’s gonna tell ME I can’t do what I feel like…I’ll just
A) Get a divorce.
B) Quit this job!
C) Change churches!!
D) All of the above.
If you give the devil a foothold in your life, you lose your power to cast him out! That’s why Jesus said, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” In Mark 3:23. And, why God says in Ephesians 4:27, “neither give place to the devil.” The devil is the “accuser of the brethren,” the accuser of God, and the father of lies. You and I CAN NOT give the devil room to operate in our feelings and emotions and expect to have any peace, power or fellowship with God!
“The wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.” When you’re not making your choices in peaceful and godly leading of the Holy Spirit, you will not have the righteousness of God at work in your life. Whenever you make a decision because you are mad, ticked off, cheesed off, or fed up, you’ve missed the will of God, and will miss being led on the paths of righteousness. That’s what God says in James 1:20: “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
So, is this being hard? NO! It is being GOOD to my SOUL! “For they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections thereof,” Galatians 5:24 says.
Like the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”
2 Peter 2:19, says, “…for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage.” When the enemy can get us to be lead by our feelings, and emotions, and likes and dislikes, we will be in bondage to the flesh and be unable to please God! In fact, God says, we become SERVANTS not of Christ, but of sinful flesh!
God says, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of Judgement: because as Jesus is, so are WE in this world.” Our love for God is made complete when we always do those things that make for boldness, being able to stand before God without a sense of fear, on the day of judgement , because, even as Jesus himself did not do His own will, but the will of the Father that sent Him, so we live the same way. We let the mind be in us that was in Christ – caring for nothing but the will of the Father being done in our lives!