I often hear people say things like “If you know what it takes for you to be happy then just do it. If your a Christian or if your not it doesn’t matter, God wants his people happy. So just go do it! ”
But this could not be more wrong.
God does not say anywhere in his word that he just wants us to be happy in general . Saying just be happy if you mean by going out and embracing the deceptions and wily ways of the world then God does not want that for those who are in Christ. In fact when Paul addresses believers living carnally in their flesh rather than spiritually in Christ his response is “God forbid!”
It is literally the exact opposite of how to be happy as a Christian, saying “oh just go do whatever makes you feel good right now in your flesh even if it’s a sin in God’s eyes,” all that will accomplish is keeping you the same jacked up mess you were when before you first trusted Christ for your salvation.
Instead believers in the body of Christ (Christians) are instructed to study God’s word rightly divided to show themselves approved unto God by being grounded in sound doctrine which roots and stablishes us in who we are in Christ. If a person says they have trusted Christ as their Saviour then they are part of Christ’s body and thus represent Him, don’t suggest they obey the world rather than the one who died for them. Christ’s instructions to all who trust Him are:
When we do that we see see his grace is sufficient and just how true it is we are blessed with all spiritual blessings and thus we know true peace and happiness.
I also would never tell a lost, unsaved soul to just do whatever to be happy either. I would point out that the reason they aren’t happy is they are separated from God by their sinful nature, lost and headed for eternity in hell.
Since all have sinned all will die for that is the result of sin. If a person dies without trusting Christ as their Saviour they go to hell, it’s that simple. So I would share the gospel if God’s glorious grace that gets them saved and sealed eternally in Christ giving them eternal life in him.
I would show them how Christ died on the cross and paid the price for ALL their sins past present and future; was buried to forever remove their sins from them, and rose the third day for their justification before God and when they trust in Christ alone by believing that it is his finished cross work alone they are saved. Saved, sealed and set in Christ for all eternity and then I would begin showing them who they now are in Christ and how to grow in grace and sound doctrine for their edification so that they will know the true peace and happiness ONLY found in Christ which is also how God intends and wants his people to be happy, because today those in the Body of Christ are His only people.
The happiness found when we embrace and glory in ALL that we now ARE in Christ!
In Christ I Am:
I am Redeemed ( Gal. 4:5 )
I am complete in Him (Col. 2:10)
I am a New Creature ( 2 Cor. 5:17 )
I am called to be a Saint ( Rom. 1:7 )
I am accepted in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6)
I am more than a conqueror ( Rom. 8:37 )
I am an Ambassador for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20 )
I am justified freely by His Grace ( Rom. 3:24 )
I am looking for that blessed Hope ( Titus 2:13 )
I am the Temple of the Living God ( 2 Cor. 6:16 )
I have redemption through His blood ( Eph. 1:7 )
I am free from the law of sin and death ( Rom. 8:2 )
I am a son and heir of God through Christ ( Gal. 4:7 )
I know the body is not one member but many (1 Cor. 12:14)
I am not my own, for I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
I am manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ( 2 Cor. 3:3 )
I am not far but now made nigh by the blood of Christ ( Eph. 2:13 )
I am sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30 )
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me ( Phil. 4:13 )
I am risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God ( Col. 2:12 )
I am to endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ ( 2 Tim. 2:3 )
I am to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery ( Eph. 3:9 )
I am presented holy, unblameable and unreproveable in His sight (Col. 1:22)
I have redemption through His blood, and the forgiveness of sins ( Eph. 1:7 )
I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3)
I am always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus (2 Cor. 4:10)
I am washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus ( 1 Cor. 6:11 )
I am to wait for Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. ( 1 Thes. 1:10 )
I am confident that He which hath begun a good work in me will perform it ( Phil. 1:6)
I am saved by grace through faith and not of works lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me ( Gal. 2:20 )
I know this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27)
I faint not, though my outward man perish, my Inner Man is renewed day by day ( 2 Cor. 4:16 )
I am a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15)
I am looking for the glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13)
I know God hath raised us up and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6)
I am persuaded that nothing shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ ( Rom. 8:38-39)
And Ye Are Complete in Him (Col.2:10).