The Bringer of Happiness
What does your spirit say about you? If you are spiritually dead or spiritually defeated this is a message to you to call on the bringer of happiness
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My key verse:
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever. (v.5, 11-12)
What does your spirit say about you? We are all spirits wearing a protective shell as while living in the world – our protective shell being our body. We all interact with one another and are able to sense the kind of spirit that somebody has. You see, there is a such thing as having a spirit of happiness. There is such a thing as having a spirit of peace. There’s also a such thing as having a spirit of joy. When interact with those people walking around with such a spirit about them, I often think to myself, they have such a good spirit – that’s a good spirited person. Not in the sense of being a good “religious” person, but that there is something good about them deep down in their soul.
Do you have such a spirit? What does your spirit say about you? How does your spirit resonate with others?
Known by our spirit
We, the followers of Christ, should be known by having such a spirit about ourselves. Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
We should be known for having a spirit of love, a spirit of joy, a spirit of peace, a spirit of longsuffering, a spirit of kindness, a spirit of goodness, a spirit of faithfulness, a spirit of gentleness, and a spirit of temperance (self-control). These are the profits of following in the way of Jesus Christ, in other words, this is what your spirit becomes. We are known by the fruit in which we bare.
When someone enters into your presence they should feel your aura, your spirit resonating, a spirit of love, joy, peace. longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and temperance. What do you believe resonated from Jesus? When people entered into Jesus’ vicinity, what do you believe they said about His spirit? Even His enemies had to admit that He was doing good. We discussed all of last month how even Pilate could find no fault in Jesus. We would say that Jesus had a good spirit. Anything but the spirit of Christ resonating from a Christian is a big, big problem. What does your spirit say about you?
Other spirits in the world
I want to make it very clear that the spirit, or spirits, of which I speak has absolutely nothing to do with ghouls and ghosts. Again our spirit, covered in this bodily shell, is who we really are and your spirit says everything there is to say about you. To make it more clear, we are all spirits, trapped in our bodies, walking and living in this world. Paul speaks of this in several of his letters but specifically in Romans, Paul says this:
If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. – Romans 8:10 NKJV
There are many spirits that are alive and well because they have believed in Jesus Christ. There are many others that are spiritually dead because they have not breathed in the life that comes through God. There is that ol’ lying spirit; a spirit of antichrist; a spirit of anger and wrath; a spirit of suffering; a spirit of sin. I consider all of these to be a spirit of death, and there are many people wondering this world with a dead spirit. We must be weary of those walking in this spirit, but we must also be proactive in trying to reach those that are dead in spirit. This walks us back into last week’s thought, we are ministers of reconciliation, and we should do our best in reaching those who are dead in spirit – their spirit can be restored (quickened) through faith in Christ.
There are a couple of other spirits out there that is seemingly growing at a very rapid pace – a spirit of sadness and a spirit of depression. Our biggest quest in life is trying to seek out and find happiness, would you agree? This is certainly something I have spoke on before because it is so true. We are all seeking happiness but we all know that happiness does not come easily. This journey that we’re on in life can be downright brutal some time and can absolutely beat you up.
The spirit of sadness and depression is quite possibly the most dangerous spirit a person can have while living. These two spirits are representative of having a spirit of defeat. The last thing a person ever needs to be is defeated, spiritually. We as believers must be weary of walking around with this kind of spirit. We must also do our absolute best to reach those who are defeated in spirit because they soon become dead in spirit. Today’s message is a message that all of us must know, must understand, and then be able to share with others.
He’s a healer
We are up against more than just flesh and blood in this world. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12, that we wrestle against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness – it’s a spiritual battle. We must understand that we’re all living on a spiritual battlefield and your spirit is what is under attack. I know this is going to sound like “preacher talk”, but the honest truth is that Satan, our enemy, is using all of the tools he can to get at your spirit.
You do not have to toil around with a dead spirit or a defeated spirit. Understand this, no believer should ever be walking around with a dead spirit because your spirit has already been quickened. No believer should ever fall back into having a defeated spirit. If you are not a believer, you also do not have to toil around with a defeated or a dead spirit. When Jesus came to this world He used one of Isaiah’s prophecy to show that the bringer of happiness had arrived – he said:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me … He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” – Luke 4:18 NKJV
Jesus did not come to this world so that the world could remain defeated in spirit or dead in spirit. Let’s make this clear, ok? Jesus came to this world to bring back to life the spirit of all of those that were and would live in this world. Jesus was sent to heal the brokenhearted (defeated in spirit). Jesus was sent to set free those who are oppressed (dead in spirit). Jesus came to wipe away the tears of this world! Those who are defeated or dead in spirit only needs to reach out and call on Him.
Everything that Job had was snatched away from him as Satan tried to cause grief, agony, and pain – Satan was doing his best to defeat and kill Job’s spirit. Job sought the Lord, he cried out for God, and in his faith the Lord gave Job back what he lost and even doubled it. When the disciples were torn apart about losing Jesus, Jesus told them of heaven and how He would return to take all of His children back to His Father’s house. When Paul was grieved, and cried out about the thorn in his flesh we see that Christ lifted him up from his bad place – in our weakness, Christ is strong and perfect!
The Lord does not want His children to suffer from a defeated spirit and He certainly did not want people to be dead in spirit which is why He sent His Son to this world. The Lord wants His children to be happy. I feel like how David felt in this 30th Pslam. David said that he cried out to the Lord and the Lord healed him (v.2). I can personally tell you that there has not been one time that I cried out to the Lord and He did not hear me nor answer. I can recall my darkest days, just after my pop passed, and in those days I felt even stronger because it was God that lifted up my spirit. David said that the Lord brought his soul up from the grave (v.3). I can personally tell you that my spirit has never been more alive than it is now! I know where God has brought me from and this is why I can confidently speak to you about the bringer of happiness.
God will not allow His children to be defeated in spirit. He is going to allow your spirit to grow so that you can bear good fruit. To both believers and non-believers, if you feel that you are defeated in spirit, call out to my God – have faith in my God. Weeping may endure for a night but joy will definitely come in the morning! God is truly a bringer of happiness and it is He that will lift you, your spirit, up and bring about peace, happiness, and joy. You, your spirit, will begin to resonate that Spirit of God. What comes out of you will be that love, happiness, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and temperance.
God wants you happy because it is a happy spirit that is able to testify of the Lord’s goodness. Remember this, the Lord’s goal is for as many as possible to dwell with Him in His house! A defeated soul (spirit) is unable to testify of the Lord’s goodness. A soul (spirit) that is dead is unable to testify of the Lord’s goodness. This is why it is so important for us as believers to keep check of our spirit and make sure that what resonates from us is the Spirit of God. What does your spirit say about you? If you are spiritually dead, call on God. If you are spiritually defeated, call on God. If you’re a Christian and you feel anything but happy, you should definitely go and call on God!