The Facet of Inner Happiness, No. 1
Word of God always has one of two effects on those who
2:14-16 says, “Now thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and
maketh manifest the savior of His knowledge by us in every place.
For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ
in them that are saved and in them that perish.
To the one we are the savor of death unto death and to the other the savor
of life unto life, and who is sufficient for these things.”
So the Word of God this morning can be a life giving
fragrance or it can be something that has upon it the smell of death or doom.
This is the difference between
positive and negative volition.
This is the thought behind James 1:22 that says, “Be doers of the
Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
The Word of God is to be a mirror that reflects what we
It is to rival us to be what God
expects us to be.
In this passage
James 1, He goes on to say that we are sometimes like people who look
mirror, we see our natural face, we behold ourselves as we are, and we
around and forget what we are.
we look into the perfect law of liberty, and we continue in it, and we
forget what we hear, then this man, the Word says, shall be blessed in
God expects from His pastor-teachers that they explain
the Word of God in such a way that it acts as a mirror for His people. In
2 Corinthians 2:17 the apostle Paula and
his associates could say, “For we are not as many who corrupt
the Word of god,
but as of sincerity (but as of God, in the sight of God), speak we in
volition, James 4:17 says, is
the Word of God is for us a mirror. It
is to be presented in such a way that
people can see themselves.
Not to see
themselves reflecting the personality that we all set forth in order to
with each other, but to see ourselves in the true temperament that
our real soul, as we are, as God sees us.
to this mirror and what we see in this mirror is a
very serious thing.
The Word of God
indicates to us that we are responsible and accountable for what we
learned and what we understand from the Word of God.
12:47 says, “And that servant who knew his lord’s
and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be
with many stripes.
But he that knew
and did commit things worthy of stripes shall be beaten with few
For unto whom
much is given, of him shall be
much required, and to whom men have committed much, of him will they
here’s a very sobering principal from the Word.
principal says that the more you know of
the Word of God, the more accountable you are.
For this reason
we have cause to believe that even in hell itself there
will be degrees of punishment, depending on what people knew, depending
information that they had to guide them.
And he who had
much information to guide him will be held the more
negative response to the Word of God is a serious
For this reason
it is some
respects a dangerous thing to attend a place where sound doctrine is
if you go negative toward it.
which could have been a fragrance of life has upon it the stench of
we have been looking at how to be a spiritual mature
We have seen that
provided a pentagon of defense in our soul.
This has certain
examine the scriptures, we find that there are about five basic sides
to what a
mature Christian is.
He operates on
that God is important.
God is the one
who makes things possible for us. It
not what we do for Him; it is what He does for us, and that’s
Another facet is
that he has a mastery of the
details of life.
possesses, everything he has is viewed as just a detail.
main thing in his life is doctrine, the knowledge
He has a relaxed
sins are dealt
They are removed. They
are confessed, so that his mind is at
ease with God and man.
He has a capacity
to love because he has entered into doctrine.
I’m sorry to say that it seems that most Christians are
not in a position in their response to the Word of God that they can
very much spiritual maturity.
the percentage is very very high on the side of Christians who do not
They simply do
respond to the Word of God.
it, and they listen.
not opposed to it,
but they simply do not enter into the Word of God in such a way that
structure can become a deep reality with them.
In one way or
another we rationalize that we have fractures in some of
these facets within our own soul.
we’re going to begin looking at a fifth (facet).
seems rather appropriate here at this
Christmas season—the facet of inner happiness.
to be happy, and yet most people find that what they
consider to be happiness goes in cycles.
happy, and they’re not happy.
They go up and
they go down.
would make you happy today?
Are you happy as
a way of
Or, are you happy
in an up and
What would you
make you happy today?
different things to different people.
have before told you the story of the four friends who had
gathered and were asking themselves to each explain what each felt
was, and they were of different nationalities.
One was a
him what he thought happiness was. He
said that happiness is a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, a piece of
was a German.
He said that
happiness is sauerkraut,
schnitzel, and all that good stuff for my stomach.
another fellow as an Englishman. He
said that happiness is a little cabin on
the lake with my dog by the fireplace, and my pipe, with the sunset
The last man was
He said that
happiness is when
he was sitting at home, he has put the children to bed, he and his wife
bed, the house is quiet, and everyone is asleep. Suddenly
there is a knock on the door.
He jumps out of
bed and answers the
the secret police and they
say, “Are you Ivan Ivanovich?” I
he lives upstairs.”
That to me is
happiness to different people is different things.
you notice that in all of those
illustrations, there are circumstances, people, situations, and
which happiness is based.
Happiness is a
There are people
floating around trying everything under the sun from morning to get
Christmas time is
a misery time for a lot of
We are centering
on how to make
We are teaching
that to be happy at Christmas time is all these you’re going
externals you can experience—the Christmas
tree, the carols, the snow, and the sleigh rides. All
of these things make (you) jolly.
falls on Saturday this year, so next Sunday we are
going to gather the day after Christmas.
we’re going to have some of the most miserable people in all
world here in this auditorium.
what they didn’t want. They
They got it but
that they’re going to have to pay for it.
Just on and on. They’re
be the most miserable people in the world, next Sunday morning.
yet when we look into the Word of God, we’re constantly
confronted with the fact that God says, “It is my purpose for
people to be
What is the
source of inner
What does God
mean by inner
Well God has
to be live in a perfect stable condition of happiness.
15:11 points that out to us when the
Lord says, “These things have I spoken unto you that my joy
might remain in you
and that your joy might be full.” Human
viewpoint says that happiness is something that you do.
something you seek, something you have,
or it’s something you create. But
reach these goals and they’re still not happy.
viewpoint says a total different thing. Divine
viewpoint says that happiness is an
inner matter of the soul, and that happiness finds us.
you were to go out of here this morning and say, “Now
going to learn how to be happy,” you’re already
God’s sense, is something that
doesn’t use the “happiness”
Generally what it
are the words “joy” and
“gladness,” as the way you find them in the usual
“joy” and “gladness”
refer to happiness.
itself in English comes from the word “happen,” a
associated with something that
related to some person,
some thing, or some event.
as an emotion that comes to us because of a happening that pleases us.
happiness that God has for us is more than an emotional
When the Bible
uses the words “joy”
or the word “gladness,” it indicates that
it’s speaking about a stabilized
mental attitude toward God.
It is a
relationship of your thinking with God.
it’s not dependent upon a person, or a thing, or an
tell us that
happiness, or joy, is part of the fruit of the spirit.
is no happiness whenever you are
outside of that inner (temporal) circle of
fellowship—fellowship which is based
upon the Word which produces for us the ground for happiness. 1
John 1:3-4 says, “That which we have seen
and heard declare we unto you that ye also may have fellowship, and
fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ, and these
write we unto you that your joy may be full.”
All that God has
written to us in the Bible in the form of doctrine is
in order that our joy may be full.
happiness is not a matter of something on the outside of
It is something
It is based upon
with God as we know about God through doctrine and through biblical
you’ll turn to Psalm 51, we have an example of this
relationship to God which is essential to happiness, as illustrated in
experience of David.
In Psalm 51 David
had been guilty of a very grievous sin, and the first four verses
unhappiness within his soul.
upon me, oh God, according to thy loving kindness, according to the
of thy tender mercies.
Blot out my
mine iniquity and cleanse me from my sin, for I acknowledge my
and my sin is ever before me.
thee and thee only have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight that
be justified when thou speakest and be clear when thou
verse 8 he expresses the misery of his soul, “Make me
hear joy and gladness that the bones which thou hast broken may
Now David had
also written the 32nd
Psalm, the first verse of which says, “Blessed is he whose
forgiven, whose sin is covered.” So
David knew that blessing was a matter of sin being covered. He
knew it was a matter of sin being
demonstrated by Psalm 51, that if there was to be happiness in his
it had to be in that inner circle of fellowship where sin was confessed. Without
it there could be no happiness.
Verse 12 of Psalm
51 says, “Restore unto me
the joy of thy salvation.” He
lost his salvation but he had lost his happiness. “…and
uphold me with a willing spirit.” A
spirit which is willing to make
when you’re a new Christian you have a certain amount of
happiness because you’re filled with the spirit at the point
of salvation, but
being happy is something that you have to develop.
doesn’t come automatically in the
It takes a
filling of the Holy Spirit by confession of known sins.
takes daily operating of that grace system
by which God teaches you spiritual things.
breathing out full knowledge from your human spirit toward God
and toward man.
And it also takes
all those other facets of your soul.
Your happiness is
going to be at a level dependent on the total maturity
of your being.
here’s the design that God has for happiness.
has perfect happiness.
God was never
He was never
unhappy in spite of Satan, in
spite of man and the sin that has been brought into His creation. God
knew from the beginning that this was
going to pass.
It did not
and He was never unhappy over it, because the essence of God was going
the problem, and it was going to remove the problem of sin and was
convert it into divine good.
God’s plan is that you and I should share His perfect
happiness, not only now, but forever. All
of us have sinned but grace has made a way out.
If we accept the
solution that God has provided for our sin, we can
share his mental attitude which we enter at the point of salvation. So
all Christians are in the position,
interestingly enough, to have a stable happy life.
have a quality which is not affected by
circumstances, people, or things.
many Christians never do enter this relationship. They
have a wrong basis for the happiness
that they seek.
God know we would
5:7 tells us we’re born to
trouble as the sparks fly upward. God
knew we would be tested.
tells us we’ll be tested, but not beyond what we can deal
He knew we would
have suffering (Romans
None of these are
but all of these in themselves do help to build spiritual maturity. The
very problems that we think would make us
unhappy God uses to develop a stability of happiness in our soul. The
more you have developed your spiritual
maturity structure, the happier you will be.
grace-oriented Christian doesn’t run around asking why
things are happening to him.
grace-oriented Christian knows that Romans 8:28 is true, that all
being brought together for divine good.
doesn’t run around saying, “Why is this happening
why—because God is producing some
Christian doesn’t fall apart when he loses the details of
life, because as
Hebrews 13:5-6 tells us He will never leave us or forsake us. So
whatever possession you have or whatever
detail of life you may lose does not tear you apart.
Christian who has a spiritual maturity does not resort
to self-pity or mental attitude sins because he has a relaxed mental
happiness like mental attitude sins. The
Christian knows who and what God is so he’s capable of loving
Him and entering
deeply into his relationship with God.
happiness will stand up under all adverse
is the kind
of happiness that God speaks of, (meaning) no mental sins and no
callouses on the soul.
Happiness on the
outside is going to enable you to enjoy all of the things that you
express love, and to remain stable in adversity. It’ll
protect you from disappointment over
the details of life.
How many people
unhappy because in some of the details of life, they have entered
These are hard
economically that we live in.
people are having hard times economically, the church is usually the
marginal, it’s reflecting the hard times of our economy and
the demands upon
people in the details of life that they pursue.
Hebrews 13:5-6 says, “Let your manner of life be without
Be content with
things as you have for He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee
or forsake thee,’
so that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper and I will
not fear what man
shall do unto me.’” It
protects us from
disappointment over the details of life.
It protects us
from disappointment over circumstances.
4:11 says, “Not that I speak in respect of want
for I have learned in whatever state I am in this to be content. I
know both how to be abased and I know how
Everywhere in all
things I am
instructed both to be full and to be hungry; both to abound and to
When we have
inner happiness, circumstances
are not going to disturb us.
us from disappointment over people.
3:1 says, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek
those things which are above, for Christ sitteth on the right hand of
God, and set
your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” …
In our relationships with people, we often
set our affections on things that are earthy, (or) on people, and
wreck your happiness.
If your happiness
is dependent on your relationship to any human being, you are in
I can tell you
young people, you young adults
something—that some of the people that you now feel are some
of your best
friends, you will in time discover that they are not such good friends
Or at least they
have phased out
from being such comrades of yours.
I was younger, my pastor, who was a major influence in
my life, told me that.
He said (that)
these friendships have a way of cycling out.
If your happiness
is dependent on somebody; if your fun in life and your
joy and your enjoyment of externals is because of somebody, you are
for some troubles, because people change.
motivated by things that are not always the best motivations
in the world.
And they who were
comrades with you will no longer be comrades with you.
a matter of fact, they’ll be (really) on
the opposite side of the fence.
to learn that if you’re going to experience God’s
happiness, it’s not dependent
This way nobody
can get to
Nobody can strike. Nobody
can bring distress.
you’re aware of it.
stand and you’ll watch, and you’ll observe what
filter back to you as to what
But when there is
and you’ll watch it.
just stand and watch it, and
you’ll be observing how God will deal with it.
keep operating on what you know is right, but you’ll watch
God is going to do about it.
important to learn when you’re talking about inner happiness. It
keeps us relaxed.
And it keeps the
capacity for love
there is a means for inner happiness. Philippians
4:4 actually commands it.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, and
again I say, ‘Rejoice.’” Now
commands us to do something that He doesn’t also give us the
How do we enter
Well just like
building up all the rest of this spiritual maturity structure, so in
happiness, it begins with Bible doctrine.
2:16 says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that
he may instruct Him?
But we have the
mind of Christ.”
Who has known the
of the Lord, that we can instruct God?
We have the mind
do you have the mind of Christ?
the Word of God.
In this book, God
recorded His thinking.
The more doctrine
you have stored up, consequently, in your human spirit, the greater
your inner happiness.
17:13 says, “Now come I to thee, and these things speak
I in the world that they might have my joy fulfilled in
God has always
It is the
characteristic of God to rejoice,
and He wants you to be happy, and He has made it possible for you and
share that happiness, but it is all structured on the Word of God. Grace
has made it possible for us to be happy
apart from externals.
15:11 says, “These things have I spoken unto that my
joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full.
we’re going to have to, as believers, remain faithful in
functioning under this grace system for spiritual perception that
taught you about.
The fact that no
matter what your human IQ is, you can receive spiritual things into
where God can use them to guide you.
says, “Thy words were found and I did eat them, and thy
word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart for I am called by
O Lord God of Hosts.”
John 13:17 says,
ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”
you have to keep operating on the Word of God. One
way or another, day by day, you have to
take in the Word of God.
We told our
Academy parents the other night at the Academy program that
God’s Word tells us
that Jesus Christ is the living Word, and God has given us to Him as an
unspeakable gift, an indescribable gift.
But He has also
given us a written Word, and this too, it says, that we
must live by daily.
So this system
you see why most people are not happy. How
in the world can the person who is an
unbeliever be happy at all?
happiness he knows is the happiness attached to happenings: some
person, some event, (or) some
all he’s got.
up and down, up and down, he’s happy
and he’s unhappy, he’s happy and he’s
And the average
Christian is not that receptive to the Word. The
average Christian is not a fanatic toward
the Word of God.
will not take the attitude that nothing stands in his way toward
had a student recently say to me the reason he makes
progress in a certain activity and another student does not make
progress in a
certain activity is because, he said, I permit nothing to stand between
Whatever else I
do, I arrange my life that nothing stands between me and this activity. Whereas
it’s not this important to this other
person, and he lets other things come in between himself and that
Now that was just
thing that they were doing, but the same thing applies toward the Word
It is hard to
find Christians who
are fanatics for the Word of God, and who will let nothing stand in the
their daily taking it in.
we preceded our remarks this morning by showing you that
the Word of God says you’re held accountable for what you
And discipline is
brought upon your
There are some
young people that
find it very difficult to read the Bible.
They find it very
difficult to sit down and listen to a tape, and to
study the Word of God.
feel they need it.
been to Sunday School once, and they got it.
There are some
young people who find it very difficult to pray. They’re
embarrassed to pray in public.
very nervous to do it.
not at ease with God in talking to
Him which reflects that down deep in their heart there is a negative
toward what God has said and an attachment to the world.
you begin to get a clear picture of what
God has said, you begin to see the areas of your life where the breaks
People who find
it hard to pray,
people who find it hard to pursue the Word of God find it that way
see areas in their life that they’re going to have to
separate themselves from
and they don’t want to do it. Areas
have come under judgment and condemnation because of that Word that
they have received.
Those people will
never be happy.
when you’re young, you always think that there’s
something out there that when you get to it, that’s going to
So you go.
And you get there
and it’s not quite what you thought and you realize
that what you need is to fill it out a little more.
you go a little further.
And it takes you
several decades of your life
and then you look back and you say, “You know, I’m
not getting anywhere.
All of these
goals, I get them one at a
And what have I
got nothing when it comes to real
when you discover that God knows what He’s talking
about—that happiness is an inner matter.
It is not an
it has external expressions, but it begins on the inside.
it begins with the preciousness of the Word
you can find some happiness in people. That’s
you’re here with somebody that’s a date this
you’re here with somebody that you’d
like to marry.
on one side of the auditorium wishing you were sitting by somebody on
And you think
you’d be real happy
if you could have that situation. Or
might feel that you’d be happier if you were sitting on the
other side of the
auditorium that you are sitting next to.
And that that
would make you happy.
you’ll find a certain happiness in people.
find a certain happiness in circumstances. Some
of you are going to really enjoy singing
in the Cantata tonight.
Some of you are
going to really enjoy going out caroling.
Some of you are
going to really enjoy the Christmas bonus that you are
I can tell by the
your faces that you’re real pleased with that, that
can find a certain amount of joy in the details of
Some of you are
going to get some
real kicks out of those presents that you get this week.
going to find a certain amount of
But the point is
that is true only
for a moment.
Because the time
comes when the party is
The time comes
when the party is
And then there
ain’t no more
no more joy, and you wonder
what happened to the great time. It’s
like when you invite that gang over to your house.
the place is an uproar of activity of joy
Then they walk
the party is over.
Then you look at
debris, and you wonder where your joy went to.
the only happiness that you’re going to enjoy on a
permanent basis is what God gives in grace.
With this God
gives us the capacity to enjoy the things of life and to
enjoy spiritual things far more. He
to give us, the Bible says, and abundant life.
The happiness of
this is reflected in our Christian service. You’re
eager to serve the Lord, then along comes
Then how do you
very interesting to watch Christians who
are eager to serve the Lord.
Christians serve the Lord as faddists.
They are faddists. They
happiness in the
Lord’s service is also structured on externals.
Not because they
going to go back to the Old Testament, perhaps next Sunday, and
we’re going to
look at those Jews again in their Exodus experience.
a tremendous example of people who
tear themselves apart because they had the wrong basis for happiness. People
who had the greatest opportunity in
the world to be happy, and they ended up in the greatest of anybody.
is what Christians do.
Their service is
on the wrong basis, so their happiness in serving the
Lord is on the wrong basis.
Well they start
under the pressures of
They break down
and they cry.
can’t have it their way so the cop
Or they start
looking around for a
Somebody to blame.
greatest way to destroy, to show that your happiness in
the Lord’s work is externals, is when you cut out.
you begin to complain.
Because if your
happiness is inner, then no
matter what happens in the course of the work of serving the Lord
are can never affect that.
Any time you
see a real genuine problem, and you are right that it is a real genuine
problem, you’ll be able to stand back and say, “I
will now watch the workings
of the Lord.”
be just like those
put your hands in your
pockets and you’ll stand there on the shores of the Red Sea,
and you’ll watch
you’ll enter into it.
you’ll stand by and watch. You
won’t fly off someplace else where you
think now you’ll be able to be better and be happier. People
who float around and are mavericks and
who fly off never find more happiness.
If you could only
look into their souls, you would find a hellish misery
is all that remains.
And a longing. And
I’ve had them express it to me in so many
longing for what they once knew
before they decided to split off and float off someplace else where
find their happiness.
this lasting happiness, if you know the Word of God, if
you’re filled with the Spirit of God, this lasting happiness
will be your experience.
stand by to watch God solve
right on serving.
expresses this principal.
after we had suffered before, and were shamefully treated, as ye know
Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God
I think that’s a great verse. Paul
says he and his associates, “… even
after we had suffered before, and were shamefully
For delivering to
people divine viewpoint.
At Philippi he
says, “We were bold in our God
to speak the gospel unto you with much contention.”
says, “We had to do some fighting
We had to do some
We had to put
some things in line.
We had to make
some things clear.
We had to make
the picture straight.
There were some
distortions, and we had to
review the chain of events so that it was clear on why we’re
And who started
the chain of events that
brought us here?”
And Paul says,
to do a little contending, but we stood by our calling in Christian
because the satisfaction remained there in spite of the burdens that
spiritual maturity in
your soul, you have an inner happiness when things are tough as well as
things are very prosperous and everything is going wonderfully.
we have an example of a breakdown of happiness. One
of the prime examples of this is King
As you know,
everything going for him that a person could ask. But
suddenly we find this man going in a
frantic search for happiness apart from the Word of God.
quit functioning on the grace system of
perceiving spiritual things and he lost the source of happiness that he
Over in the book
of 1 Kings,
chapter 11, beginning at verse 9, we read, “And the Lord was
angry with Solomon
because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel who had
him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing that he should
after other Gods.
But he kept not
which the Lord commanded.
said unto Solomon, ‘For as much as this is done by thee, thou
hast not kept my
covenant and my statutes which I commanded thee, I will surely tear the
away from thee and will give it to thy servant.’”
when you think back upon Solomon as a young man, he
became king when he was 18 years old. He
was the son of Israel’s greatest king David.
And he came to
the throne God said, “I’ll give you anything you
And he asked for
18-year-old, that’s great. He
could have asked for all kinds of foolish
But he said,
“Give me wisdom.
Give me divine
viewpoint like no man that has
ever lived so that I may lead your people aright.”
that magnificent position, Solomon
descended to the point where we can read, “The Lord was angry
because His heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel.”
what did Solomon do?
He proceeded to
pursue all kinds of things in life to find
The book of
give you the history of his experiences.
tell you one thing after another that he tried, and he tried, and
Once he got away
from the Word
of God, once he went negative to the truth, once he started building
upon his soul, his happiness went down, down, down, and the more
became to find it.
And he tried
everything that people try today. He
He tried science. He
He tried building. He
And one thing
after another he’ll
describe to you, and every bit, he says, was emptiness.
yet his fame was so great, God had so blessed this man
that the Queen of Sheba came from Arabia to see him.
said, “I want to know whether you are
really as great as they say you are.”
And when she
came, she said, “What I heard about you was only the half
far more than I thought
Far greater than
Now what was this
Here the Queen of
heaven because she sees something in Solomon.
She saw in this
young king a spiritual maturity structure that so
reflected the glory of God that she was want to this God.
comes up from the Arabian Peninsula (as) a
pagan and goes back a believer.
this is the man that goes down.
It was Solomon
who experienced above all
Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these
things shall be
added unto you.
And God added
He added power. He
added great glory to this man.
Now what happened? Eventually
he came to the point where he
could write a book that said, “It’s all
he had ever had was
There was no way
could find happiness.
didn’t return to a grace
system for learning.
And in his old
he realized what a mistake he had made.
in the book of Ecclesiastes, (at the) very end of the
book, he says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
Fear God and keep
His commandments for this
is the whole duty of man (for this is the whole of man).
God shall bring every work into judgment
with every secret thing whether it be good or whether it be
says), “Let us hear the conclusion of the matter after
he writes this book that says, “Here’s what
it’s all about—keeping God’s
When I did that,
I was the
happiest person in the world.
I had an
inner happiness, and people and things and circumstances
didn’t affect me.
But once I lost
that, I lost everything.” He
had sorrow and self-induced misery. His
mind was away from the Lord.
He had mental
vanity, and it was feeding on
Solomon is saying is that believers are designed to run
on a track—the plan of God. And
get off the track, you’re going to be miserable.
of vanities saith the preacher.
Are you on the
you’re not on the track, your inner
happiness will elude you.
If you are on
this track, you will have a magnificent sense of joy and gladness which
God Himself experiences.
(It is) nothing
you have created, nothing you have pursued, but it’s
something He gives
I have to tell you that unless the whole maturity
structure is there, all five facets of this pentagon, your happiness is
to be minimal.
tied into with your
moving ahead with god all the way. Now
that’s inner happiness, and that’s a facet that is
another gift for you at this
You may reject it
you may accept it.
It depends (on)
you do with the Word.
John E. Danish, 1971
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