By Greg Laurie
Jesus replied, ‘But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’
Sometimes people think that if they do what the Bible says, they’ll be miserable. They’ll say, “The sinners have all the fun. They get to do all the cool stuff. They get to do whatever they want to.”
But do the sinners really have more fun? There is fun in sin momentarily. Otherwise, we would never sin, would we? But the penalties of sin are brutal. And sometimes they’re lethal as they close in on your life and you face the repercussions of it.
Jesus said, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” (Luke 11:28 NLT). If we obey the Word of God, we will find happiness.
As the people of Israel heard God speak to them through Ezra, they realized they had missed something the Scriptures had told them to do. So they obeyed the Word of God. The result of their obedience was great joy: “So everyone who had returned from captivity lived in these shelters during the festival, and they were all filled with great joy! The Israelites had not celebrated like this since the days of Joshua son of Nun” (Nehemiah 8:17 NLT).
You can have a happy life without sin. You can have a happy life without sex outside of marriage, without drugs or alcohol, without selfishness. It comes down to you. God wants to do all these things for you, but you need to come and understand His Word. You need to come and rejoice in His Word. And then you need to come and obey His Word. It is yours to enjoy, or it is yours to reject.
God is not out to ruin your life. He is out to bless your life and fulfill you. But you need to do it His way.
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