November 1, 2013
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According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. 1 Timothy 1:11 NKJV

God, who is the author and giver of every blessing, is called the blessed God. Blessedness is a state of happiness. When we read that God is the blessed God, it means that He is a happy God and He wants to bring His happiness to us.

Why is God called the “happy God”? He is happy because He is holy. The joys we draw from the wells of salvation come to us from a pure fountain. If the Scriptures said, “God is unholy” then He would be without happiness, for there is no happiness to be found in darkness, in evil, or in sin.

Some people have painted a false image of holiness. They portray holiness as something associated with gloom, legalism, and grimness. They think of the fruits of holiness as unhappiness, meanness, and a sour disposition. However, it is important for us to remember that heaven, the holiest place of all, is also the happiest place of all.

It is also possible to have a wrong image of happiness. Happiness is not defined by someone who has a great sense of humor, is fun-loving, or has a bubbly personality. Happiness is a state of someone’s heart and sense of wellbeing, not a characteristic of someone’s temperament or a certain personality trait.

Who are the happiest people on earth? The Scriptures tell us, “Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!” Matthew 5:8 AMP. (Note that this happiness of heart is true even in the midst of hardships and difficulties.)

True happiness comes to us as a fruit of our relationship with God through Christ. The blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin, not only removes our guilt and condemnation, but opens the doorway for our happiness (blessedness) by bringing us into a right relationship with God and allowing us to be partakers of His holiness (Hebrews 12:10).

I love the words spoken long ago by a new believer in Christ while giving his testimony of salvation during a church service, “Sometin’ in me got released for good. I swallowed sunshine! He has given me a mighty faith that has made me feel clean inside.”

How good it is to belong to a happy (blessed) God who brings happiness (blessedness) to His children.


5 Responses to “Blessedness!”

  1. Thea November 1, 2013 at 8:35 AM #

    Thanks so much for this devotional. In an age where so many Christians are experiencing unparalleled rates of depression, this is a great reminder that our God is a God of happiness. Truly, only in a covenant relationship with HIM will we find thirst quenching water for our souls. During this holiday season, I pray for the opportunity to share the blessings of true happiness that can only come from a Blessed God.

  2. Sharyn November 2, 2013 at 3:06 AM #

    Amen t those words of Truth! Happiness for me is living with God by the Holy Spirit amazed that God who created life enjoys my desire to just “be” with Him.:)

  3. Sherri November 2, 2013 at 5:25 AM #

    Just what i needed for the day….God is everything good….and along with that happiness is just one of the traits of Our Awesome God.

  4. Renee Debrowski November 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM #

    Oh, this is good!! Reblogged on: godssceneryandpromises

  5. beth treaster November 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM #

    I just stumbled upon your online devotions this morning, and am so thankful I did. I’ve read several already, and they are all so meaningful. I have enjoyed your illustrations, verses, cards, etc. for years. You are an inspiration.

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