Rick Warren


Sep 01, 2017 by Will Maule

Rick Warren: God Wants Us To Choose Holiness Over Happiness

When it comes to how we live our lives, God is always calling us to holiness. A holy life is very pleasing to God, and scripture calls us to look beyond our temporary and fleeting desires, choosing instead to "be holy as I am holy" (1 Peter 1:14-16). "If you’re facing temptation right now, you’re never going to find freedom until you stop fixing the blame and start fixing the problem," advises Pastor Rick Warren. 

"Stop blaming other people! Even when other people have hurt you, it’s your reaction that’s causing the problem." Warren highlights the fact that many of us even choose to blame God for our issues, when in reality, He is the only one who can truly help heal our souls. The key to avoiding temptation and sin? Don't do something simply because it 'feels good.'

"If God says, “Don’t do that” in the Bible, he will never tell you “yes” through a feeling. I don’t care how good the feeling is — when you listen to your feelings instead of God’s Word, you’re walking straight into a trap," writes Warren. "One of the most common excuses I’ve heard to justify a multitude of sins is, “God wants me to be happy, and this will make me happy.”"

"God wants you to be happy. But God wants you to be holy more than he wants you to be happy. He wants you to obey him." 

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