Lam. 3:24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

I wonder how much time, energy, and money I expended on pursuing happiness in things other than God before I was converted to Christ in 1973. I spent money on cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and an unlimited list of other sorts of foolishness. Like everyone else, I was just looking to enjoy my life. Inside of all of us is a desire to be happy and to enjoy our lives. Many people spend their whole lives in relentless pursuit and never grasp the prize. This prize called happiness always seems to be just out of our reach. That brings us to one of the most surprising aspects of Christianity. Contrary to what most people think the Christian faith does not consist in the denial of pleasure but Christianity is actually the pursuit of pleasure and satisfaction in God. Real Christians have just discovered the source of joy. God Himself is our joy. Our joy is not in the good things He gives us or provides for us but is in God Himself. This message was the theme of the preaching of Jonathan Edwards. He taught his people to pursue joy in God with all their might. Here is a famous quote of Edwards, pay close attention, there is a lot in these words.

“That God in seeking his glory, therein seeks the good of his creatures: ( In other words, God is seeking your testimony for His glory)
because the emanation of his glory (which he seeks and delights in, as he delights in himself and his own eternal glory) implies the communicated excellency and happiness of his creature. And that in communicating his fullness for them, he does it for himself: because their good, which he seeks, is so much in union and communion with himself. God is their good. Their excellency and happiness is nothing but the emanation and expression of God’s glory: God in seeking their glory and happiness, seeks himself: and in seeking himself, himself diffused and expressed (which he delights in, as he delights in his own beauty and fullness), he seeks their glory and happiness.”

God is your good, if you didn’t understand anything else Edwards said remember this, our good is God Himself, not the good things He does for us. When God becomes your prize, this becomes your testimony which then brings great glory to God. The commercial world understands this truth and applies it to all their marketing strategies. Whether they are selling tooth paste, a new car, or some sort of medical product, the message is always the same. Use this product and you will be happier and your life more fulfilling. For us as Christians, knowing Christ is by far our greatest joy. Our satisfaction in Christ is far more persuasive than any sermon than can be preached. The joy that resides in our heart is expressed in our smile, our actions and our words. This is how God is glorified. As John Piper constantly preaches, “God is most glorified when I am satisfied in Him”.

5 Replies to “HE IS OUR PRIZE”

  1. “I am Satisfied in Him,” and the product(s) produced is Happiness and Healing! Seriously, I have been in need of a healing for a while now, and just this early morning, He has healed me. He made me Overjoyed and Happy, I could not stop laughing, and then I realized I am Healed. Thank You Most Mericiful Abba Father, in Jesus’ Precious Holy Name Amen!!!

  2. Oh yes, I forgot to mention what I was doing when I received the Healing. I was up reading and meditating, and nursing my usual hurts and pains, when I guess I just reached a point where He poured out and in His Oil of Joy. It swept me like a River, I was overjoyed laughing, and I truly believe and am feeling I am Healed. In Jesus’ Name, I plan to continue to stand on the Healing. My Faith on Heaven’s Table Laid. He is so Faithful, just continue to press in!!! Thank You Lord, Thank You Lord, Thank You Lord!!!

  3. Oh yes I stand in the Prayer Line(s) at Church. The Laying on of Hands is Always Good!!! But for whatever reason(s) I have not been able to receive as in times past. God is Sovereign!!! We can never Hurry Him. We simply Believe and continue to Walk-It-Out by Faith. God is Good!!! “Oh How He Loves Us.” Please forgive me, I’m still Overjoyed for me Healing this morning.

  4. YES I DO, ALONG WITH MY PASTOR, GOOD MORNING PASTOR FRANK, WOW lots of alcohol and drugs here and more.Thank you Jesus for grabbing me and letting me come back like the the Parable son. Luke 15., with open arms, God is Good!!!! All of that would be me , thank you Lord for your Grace and goodness, scooping me up and saying Kevin, I Love You, with open arms, let’s throw a feast and celebrate. I love you LORD. Wow awesome blog. I have my testimony and need to get it out. I was sitting here thinking about writing it down, but since its not a lie, Ha, the Holy Spirit will help me out with it. The Holy Spirit and I have been practicing and going over certainly and main things, Ha, all truth always gets revealed anyway, amazing how that happens, thank you Holy Spirit, takes all the fear and everything out of you, opens you up and has you to speak it to home groups. I will flow with the Holy Spirit and just let Him help me. But its going to be a good one, all for the Glory of Him. The AMAZING I Am, He transformed me and made Himself real to me, when I started acknowledging Him. O how He loves us. It’s about that time Pastor Frank, love you and will see you in about an hour and a half to Praise our Almighty Jesus, IN HIS HOUSE, HALLELUJAH to the King. I’m on my way home.:):):):):):):):)

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