Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 72. The fruit of the Spirit developed from the branch being rightly related to the vine called joy.
Friday, July 15, 2005
The first manifestation of fruit = agape love or virtue-love which is impersonal and unconditional.
The second part of the fruit - nominative singular feminine noun “chara” - joy = inner happiness and contentment.
God’s happiness is a relaxed mental attitude and an opponent to pride and arrogance; and it expresses itself magnificently in the friendship and conversation with true friends.
To be happy we must not be too occupied with others but occupied with TLJC.
Satan’s propaganda is that money, success, pleasure, social life, sexual life, public approbation, fame, material things, travel, health, and pleasant circumstances in life can make you happy.
True happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth.
By way of contrast to the rich man in that parable, what God has provided for us in sharing His happiness is a permanent factor, and like agape love is also a problem-solving device.
Anything that is worthwhile is worthwhile in adversity as well as in prosperity.
If you are dependent on any person or set of circumstances for happiness, you are weak and you are not a branch rightly related to the vine because you do not have the happiness of God.
If, as a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been faithful in the P.M.A. of Bible doctrine and have advanced to any stage of spiritual adulthood; you are not only a strong person, but you have that great inner happiness.
God’s happiness is not dependent on environment, associations, or circumstances of prosperity or adversity; it depends on none of these things.
Satan’s administration of pseudo-happiness to any believer or unbeliever can only exist when that person is involved in the cosmic system; primarily in cosmic one, where through arrogance, any capacity for happiness is destroyed.
The arrogance complex is very deceptive because it deludes, distracts, and deceives mankind into false notions about what constitutes happiness.
This is called pseudo-happiness because, beyond those moments of good times, there are bad times, routine times, or dull times.
JOB 20:5 The good times of the wicked are short-lived; godless joy is only momentary.
By way of contrast, God’s happiness is a magnificent problem-solving device because you have it all the time, and you merely tune into it during times of problem-solving.
The fruit of the Spirit developed from the branch being rightly related to the vine, called joy or the perfect happiness of God, is not only a problem-solving device, but it is a basis for capacity for life.
Eusebeia = spiritual dynamics or the spiritual life.
Godliness = you are in the place where God can train you - residence, function, and momentum inside the PPOG.
“Contentment” = God’s happiness which begins in spiritual self-esteem, continued in spiritual independence, and completed in spiritual maturity.
Being content with food and shelter = if you are content with the basic things and you develop God’s happiness, then God can trust you with the most magnificent things in life, as packaged in your escrow blessings for time.
1. You cannot build your happiness on the details of life: money, success, pleasure, social life, friends, relatives, health, sex, or status symbols.
2. You cannot build your happiness on pleasant or improved environment.
3. You cannot build your happiness on people, romance, marriage, friendship, children, or social activity.
4. You cannot build your happiness by changing the Devil’s world through reform crusades, social engineering, violence, civil disobedience, or revolution.
5. You cannot build your happiness on someone else’s unhappiness.
Were glad - aor-pass-ind - chairo = to be happy.
a. The perfect happiness of God is based on rejection of human viewpoint and acceptance of divine viewpoint.
PSA 1:1 How happy is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
b. The perfect happiness of God depends on respect for the Lord and Bible doctrine.
PSA 112:1 How happy is the man who respects the Lord, who greatly delights in His doctrines.
c. The perfect happiness of God can only be attained when the believer seeks God with all his right lobe.
PSA 119:2 How happy are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.
d. The perfect happiness of God depends upon the execution of the PPOG in the believer’s life.
PSA 128:1 How happy is everyone who respects the Lord, who walks in His ways.
e. The perfect happiness of God is related to the daily intake of B.D.
PRO 8:34 Happy is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.
f. The perfect happiness of God depends upon your doctrinal convictions.
ROM 14:22 The doctrine which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
g. The perfect happiness of God is related to metabolization of B.D.
JER 15:16 Your words were found and I ate them, and Your doctrines became happiness for me and the delight of my heart;
h. The perfect happiness of God is related to understanding His grace policy.
PSA 31:7 I will rejoice and be happy in the provision of Your grace.
NEH 8:10b Do not be grieved; do not be unhappy. For the happiness of the Lord is your strength.
MAT 25:21 Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the happiness of your Master.
HEB 12:2 Be concentrating on Jesus [occupation with Christ], the author and perfecter of our doctrine, who because of His exhibited happiness He endured the cross, having disregarded the shame, and He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
When Jesus Christ was being judged for our sins on the cross, He demonstrated the fact that the mature believer with perfect happiness can endure anything in life.
The power that sustained our Lord on the cross, the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG, HEB 9:14, is now available to us as members of the Royal Family of God.
ROM 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and prosperity and happiness by means of the Holy Spirit.