The culture says it’s not possible to be holy and happy at the same time. At Faith Promise, one of our values is We Put God First. If we all put God first in all of the choices we make, then our choices will make us holy AND happy.
We all make choices every day, some big, some small. When we forget that we have the power to choose (I choose something vs. I have to do something), then we give our power away to others. No matter how rough things are, we always have a choice. When is a time where you chose JOY over circumstances? Or God’s call over easy and convenient?
More than ever before, culture wants you to choose the world over closeness with God. But Jesus says we can’t serve two masters. We can either walk the Highway of Holiness or the Streets of Sin. What we don’t realize is that holiness and happiness are not polar opposites, as the world will tell you. We can engage in culture and not be engulfed by it, as long as we understand that seeking happiness apart from God is the problem. Lasting happiness is only possible through holiness, seeking God’s desires for us and not our own desires.
Primary Scriptures: Ephesians 6:11, Ephesians 5:11-14, Romans 6:18-23. Romans 7:14-20. Romans 8:5
- Ephesians 6:11 warns us to avoid the detours of the Devil. In order to do this, you first must know how Satan is attacking you. You must also know the Armor of God and how it can protect you. Discuss the struggles that you KNOW Satan is using to divide and destroy. Then discuss the components of the Armor of God. How can your choices to use those components help keep Satan at bay?
- The reason culture has so much power is because we’ve let our choices be made by the news, Hollywood, and social media. These areas have become the source of today’s values in our culture. If you allow culture’s lens to be the source of your values, then they will become skewed—the loudest voice usually wins our attention. Who is the loudest voice in your life? What lens do you use to see the world? Do your values come from God’s vision? Does your reaction to life’s circumstances tend to start with “What does the Bible say?” or does it start with “I know what the Bible says, but…”
- Children are the perfect example of people not understanding consequences. Little children push boundaries and rules to see how their parents will react, or to see if they will get in trouble. Read Romans 7:14-20 and discuss that war inside of each of us. We might choose our sin, but not our consequence. The enemy of God is brilliant at telling us that the consequences are worth it. (Or sometimes, like in Eden, that the consequences will be good.) Discuss a time where you thought true joy came from something specific, but it ended only in temporary happiness. Now discuss a time where you chose God’s freedom, lasting happiness, and life.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Romans 6:18-23 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.