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Quotes on Happiness and Joy

Excerpts from articles by David Brandt Berg

The following are quotations from the writings of David Brandt Berg. I pray you find them inspiring and useful to your life and service for Jesus Christ. I sure do!

As in all of Pastor Berg's writings, he liked to capitalize the first line of each paragraph he wrote. He wrote them way before the Internet was even imagined. Please know in this case the ALL CAPS do not mean shouting as it does in email and on-line chats.

ML#G:20 UNTIL YOU FOLLOW GOD'S WAY OF LIVING you'll never be happy.

ML#G:29 IT'S A PITY TO LIVE IN UNHAPPINESS when just around the corner, your lives can be thrilling and filling and wonderful beyond all expectation!

ML#20:12 I WANNA GET MY JOY OUT OF THE BOTTLE-JESUS! I WANNA FIND MY HAPPINESS IN HIS SPIRIT!

ML#33:27 Get so busy trying to make somebody else happy you can't help but be happy!

ML#59:52 REMEMBER, CHANGE IS ONE OF THE SEVEN BASIC NEEDS OF HUMAN HAPPINESS! Variety is the spice of life, and maybe they're just bored with you, your routine, their job, or the scenery!

ML#82:16 So have I caused thy heart to be made glad because of all the things that I have done for thee and given thee, and all that which I have promised thee!

ML#88:7 THE LORD IS TRYING TO BE AS GOOD TO US AS POSSIBLE! In fact, He really wants you to be happy and joyful in your work for Him!--Not living in mortal fear and terror of coming horrors.

ML#88:8 GOD WANTS YOU TO LIVE FOR HIM--and as long as possible--and as happily as possible--a good, happy sample of the joy of the Lord before someday you may have to die for Him!

ML#92:27 SO EVEN A SAD SONG CAN HAVE SOME SWEETNESS and A CHEERFUL RAY OF HOPE--a silver lining, a happy ending--the answer to the problem. Otherwise, all is lost and you leave your audience in the depths of gloom, even deeper and darker than before, like so many worldly songs. But even our sad songs give hope, like “I Shall Be Released,” “Jesus Really Loves You,” “Cry of Revolution,” “Now's the Time,” etc.

ML#100:24 I'D RATHER BE DRUNK ON THE SPIRIT THAN SOBER ON SADNESS! I'd rather be crazy and happy, than sad and sane.--(II Cor.11 ; II Cor.3:18; II Cor.12:11; I Cor.1; I Cor.4:10)--Hallelujah!

ML#159:6 IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT PEOPLE NOTICE and REMARK ABOUT WHEN THEY VISIT OUR COLONIES, IT'S THE JOY, THE HAPPINESS, THE LAUGHTER, THE SMILES, RADIANT FACES, CHEERFUL VOICES and HAPPY PRAISES! They just can't believe that people could be so happy in spite of the hard life we live and the privations and sacrifice and hardships we endure. And it's this very joy and happiness and obviously loving fellowship which is so attractive to others. They immediately see we have something better than they have and we're happy to give it to them: Jesus and His Happy Holy Spirit! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

ML#159:7 If there's anything in this world we're supposed to be, it's a happy people, because we've got more to be happy about than anybody else in the world! We have the happy love of Jesus, Who takes all our burdens, carries all our cares, even lightens our sorrows.

ML#159:8 SO QUIT TRYING SO HARD! LET GO and LET GOD! TAKE IT EASY! QUIT WO RKING SO HARD IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH! Quit taking yourself so seriously! Stop and praise the Lord and have a good laugh at your own weaknesses and ridiculous inabilities to do anything or accomplish anything for the Lord, knowing that if anything's going to get done, it's the Lord that's got to do it through you!

ML#159:21 There's a time to laugh, and a time to weep--a time for everything. But let's always be able to smile through our tears--a ray of sunshine is even more beautiful in the midst of rain.

ML#159:22 THE WORLD KNOWS ENOUGH HELL! LET'S SHOW THEM A LITTLE MORE HEAVEN--”Love and laughter and peace ever after,” and that today you can be free! Hallelujah! PTL! Amen? Let's have some holy laughter! Laugh in the Spirit! Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven!

ML#159:24 SO LET'S BE HAPPY! AMEN? OR MAYBE YOU'D RATHER BE STUBBORN and CONTRARY, LIKE OLD JENNY THE MULE: After a Sunday of “No's” and “Don'ts” at his long-faced, church-bound, super-strict Grandfather's where he wasn't allowed to play on Sunday, poor little Johnny wandered wistfully out to the barnyard and stroked Jenny's long nose, saying, “Dear Jenny, you must be awfully religious; you have such a long face, just like Grandfather's!”--That's the churches' idea of religion!--Please don't let it be ours!

ML#172:7 It's still just that simple: If we love God we can love each other, and even respect ourselves as His creation! We can then follow His rules of life, liberty and the possession of happiness, and all will be well and happy in Him!

ML#186A:1 Give us joy in our labors and glory in our tasks, Lord, strength for the wheel as we put our shoulders to it, to cause the other wheels to turn.

ML#194:20 IN THE SPIRIT, IN THE SPIRIT ALL MY LIFE IS LIKE A SONG, in the Spirit, in the Spirit I am happy all day long! In the Spirit, in the Spirit, there is much more right than wrong; in the Spirit, in the Spirit you can really kick the gong!

ML#195:9 ALL HAPPY CHILDREN ARE THE CHILDREN OF DAVID!

ML#198: 10 WHERE HAPPINESS IS MADNESS, 'tis wisdom in disguise.--Where sanity is sadness, 'tis folly to be wise!

ML#198:44 SO I'D RATHER BE HAPPY IN JESUS than sane as the Devil and bad. If it's madness of spirit that frees us, I'd rather be mad and be glad!

ML#250:42 But if you put these desires of the flesh first above God and others and the needs of your spirit, then you'll find that nothing ever satisfies, not even the most total indulgence in the flesh! For true happiness comes not in your personal pur suit for selfish pleasure and satisfaction, but in finding God and giving His life to others and bringing them happiness! Then happiness pursues and overtakes and overwhelms you, personally, without even seeking it for yourself!

ML#250:43 SO THE MAN OR WOMAN WHO SEEKS ONLY FLESHLY GRATIFICATION, or to merely gratify the flesh of the mate alone, will never find complete satisfaction and happiness or be able to make themselves completely happy. You must give, and it shall be given unto you. Love begets love. I knew a woman once who was always seeking a new lover, a new love, but never finding one that satisfied or lasted, because she was always seeking to get love, to receive love, to be loved. So when I suggested to her that perhaps she needed to learn how to give love and to love unselfishly for the benefit and happiness of another; after years of searching, this struck her as an entirely new thought that had never occurred to her before! She went out soon and found what she was looking for all the time by trying to find someone whom she could make happy by giving her love to them.

ML#250:44 SO MAYBE THAT'S WHAT WRONG WITH YOU-YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. Maybe you need to look for someone to make them happy and then happiness will find you! For whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. It's just one of God's rules and laws of the spirit-just as definite and certain as some of the scientific laws of gravity. The laws of the spirit, however, never fail! They always work -either for you or against you, according to how you obey them and whether or not you obey them.-And the first law is the law of love-unselfish love-love for Him and others. If you will obey that one and give that love which is His and their due, so shall ye also receive, for with what measure ye mete unto other men's bosoms, so shall they also mete unto your bosom.

ML#250:45 LIFE, LIBERTY and THE GIVING OF HAPPINESS TO OTHERS: these are things that only God can give and the only things that will ever sat isfy your spirit! So if you want to be happy and make a mate happy, seek the satisfaction of the spirit in both of you in God! “For the fashion of this world passeth away and the lust thereof, but he (and the love) that doeth the will of God abideth forever!”--1Cor.7:31; 1Jn.2:17.--Long live Love!--Love one another! Love is God!--God is love!

ML#255:95 “FOR A MAN'S LIFE CONSISTETH NOT IN THE ABUNDANCE OF THE THINGS WHICH HE POSSESSETH!” Living, the real thing, doesn't consist of things at all, becau se things cannot satisfy! They may temporarily satisfy the body but they can never satisfy the soul or the spirit of man which cries out to God its Father for the joy and happiness and the eternal fulfillment that only God can give and for which He created it to enjoy.

ML#259:148 Remember: happiness is not found by pursuing it for yourself.-Happiness finds those who give it to others! Try a little real love and unselfishness by the grace of God!-It works wonders! You are to try to please your mate, not just yourself, God says.-Try it!-You'll like it!

ML#259:149 REAL LOVE IS PREFERRING THE HAPPINESS OF YOUR MATE TO YOUR OWN! “In honor preferring one another.” This brings true happiness to all.-Including God!-Believe it or not, He wants you to be happy!

ML#263:75 IN OTHER WORDS, YOU MUST TRY TO KEEP EVERYBODY HAPPY, BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO BE HAPPY and to have his needs met and to do the work he likes to do and wants to do if he's in the will of God and competent and qualified.

ML#326B:18 The happier we are, the more we'll love Him and the more obedient we'll be out of pure love, and so do an even better job for Him and accomplish even more in serving others that He loves who need us so!

ML#368:37
“O joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.”


ML#399:108
“WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD
IN THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!”

ML#526:8 WE GIVE ALL and OBEY ALL. But our lives overflow with joy, and our satisfaction knows no bounds, and our happiness knows no equal.

ML#584:4 HE WANTS TO HELP and SAVE YOU and make you happy with His love, and help you to make others happy, too--with both His Love and your love!

ML#584:6 HE WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY and MAKE OTHERS HAPPY WITH HIS LOVE and your love and all His wonderful creations and provisions for your every need and good desire! (Phil.4:19)

ML#584:37 WE HOPE THESE WORDS OF LOVE WILL HELP YOU find the love you need to make you happy and that others will find happiness through your love too! God bless you and keep you and make you a blessing with His love!

ML#631:20 Thank God for the freedom He's given us and the unity He's given us and the joy He's given us and the happiness to enj oy life to the full, praise God?

ML#633:102 WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR OUR ENEMIES BECAUSE THEY MUST BE VERY UNHAPPY PEOPLE WITHOUT LOVE! Maybe this is why they get so angry with us, because they are jealous of our love and envious of our happiness which they themselves do not have.

ML#648:23 IF YOU REALLY LOVE SOMEBODY YOU WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY.

ML#721:15 LIKE THE OLD SONG, “I'M HAPPY IF YOU'RE HAPPY, 'CUZ THAT MAKES ME HAPPY TOO!” So if they're happy, that makes me happy, it gives me joy and happ iness and pleasure to make others happy and give them joy and pleasure.

ML#953- 1:32 THE DEVIL DOESN'T LIKE IT! It makes him very angry for people to be happy. He just hates to see us so happy.

ML#957:226 “YOU KNOW WHAT'S THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE?--IT'S TODAY!” Every new day is the happiest day of my life, PTL? Amen? “Every day with Jesus is better than the day before!” So TYJ! PTL! Hallelujah!

ML#967:92 SO FOR GOD'S SAKE, BELOVED, DON'T BE A DEAD LION! It's better to be a live dog than a dead lion! Be a happy lion! Be a joyous lion! Be a lion that's thankful and happy for your lot in service to God, Amen? PG!

ML#1026:29 THE LORD EXPECTS YOU TO BE HAPPY and to praise Him with your happiness and your joy in both music and singing and dancing!

ML#1026:31 THAT'S THE KIND OF PEOPLE GOD WANTS, PEOPLE THAT ARE HAPPY IN HIM and LOVE HIM and LOVE TO SING and PLAY and DANCE FOR THE LORD and shout His praises and His salvation from the housetops!

ML#1062:15 ROLL THAT GOLD! IT'S LIQUID, BEAUTIFUL, GOLDEN GOLD THAT FEEDS and SOOTHES and COMFORTS THE HEARTS OF MEN and makes them glow with a golden glow! You're causing hearts everywhere throughout the world to turn to gold--the Lord's golden glow of happiness, golden glow of satisfaction!

ML#1064:119
“I'M HAPPY TODAY, I'm happy today,
With Jesus' love I'm happy today!
He's taken all my sins away,
That's why I'm happy today!”

ML#1064:120 HOW COULD WE BE ANY HAPPIER? It just seems like there's nothing we could do that could make us unhappy.

ML#1074:4 (SINGS:)
“WE'RE A HAPPY PEOPLE, YES WE ARE;
We're a happy people, yes we are;
< All day long we sing a song,
Jesus will right every wrong;
We're a happy people, yes we are, amen!”

ML#1117:37 DO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL? Do you want to take a trip? Just dream away with the Lord! He can take you anywhere!--And not only in your dreams!--But really if you want to go and it's His will!--Just ask Him to make your dreams come true! If you delight yourself in Him, He'll give you the desires of your heart! (Ps.37:4.)

ML#1149:20 AFTER THIS SECOND LONG TERM UP THERE WITH GOD, HE HAD CONTRACTED SOME OF THE RADIANCE OF GOD, until his face literally glowed--a little bit of God rubbed off on Moses, and his face actually shined! If you live enough with God, like Moses did, a little of God will rub off on you too and your face will shine! It may not shine like Moses' did, but you'll be happy and your face will shine with joy and the Spirit of the Lord!

ML#1213:7 OUR KIND OF LOVE HAS GOT SOME THING TO OFFER! It's happy, it's lively, it's dynamic, it's positive, it's powerful! It's not slow and sad and draggy and dreary and drudgery. It reminds me of what Shakespeare said about “Love is such sweet sorrow.” Well, our love doesn't have to be so sorrowful and so sad and draggy! We're noted for our happiness and our joy! “That your joy may be full!” (Jn.15:11.)

ML#1213:8 WE REALLY COMMUNICATE THAT JOY TO OTHER PEOPLE through our shining, happy, smiling faces and blithe spirits and the bright glow of our personalities because of the Spirit of the Lord, because He's our personality and that's what wins the world to us!

ML#1213:11 IT'S TRUE AS WORDSWORTH SAID, “THE SWEETEST SONGS ARE THOSE THAT TELL OF SADDEST THOUGHT, and OUR SINCEREST LAUGHTER WITH SOME PAIN IS FRAUGHT.” But that is an expression of the voice of the world. Their sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought and their sincerest laughter is with some pain fraught.--But not ours!

ML#1213:12 OUR SWEET SONGS DON'T HAVE TO BE SAD and OUR LAUGHTER DOESN'T HAVE TO BE FRAUGHT WITH PAIN! Our laughter can still be sincere without pain, and sweetness without sadness, and that's our secret, it's the Spirit of the Lord and the joy of the Lord and the happiness of the Lord, the peace of the Lord.

ML#1224:342 LORD, ONLY YOU COULD'VE BROUGHT SUCH JOY TO OUR LIVES and such happiness through such love, the love of Jesus! Amen? Only You! God bless you who love Him!

ML#1224:342 EVEN THOUGH THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE ARE ONLY TEMPORAL and TEMPORAR Y SOMETIMES, happy times of yore and those days of Heaven on Earth may not last at this time forever, at least you can thank God for the memory: I hope you've got some fun memories too of your life for Jesus, and it's not going to be temporary or temporal but Forever!

ML#1224:343 MAY ALL YOUR TROUBLES WASH AWAY WITH THE EBB OF THE TIDES OF THIS LIFE and may the new full tide bring you lots of love and lots of joy and happiness, and if you have the full tide of God's love in your heart you'll have a mighty tide of love and happiness not only for yourself but others too! So have a tide and a big tide, a full tide, an incoming tide of His love from Jesus so it'll overflow your own heart and flow out on others what e'er betide! God bless you and may you be a blessing with a mighty tide of God's love overflowing your heart for them and filling their hearts with yours and His love! PTL! Hallelujah? Amen!

ML#1232:72 THY WILL BE DONE, LORD. HELP HIM TO FIND YOU, IN JESUS' NAME! Help him to find You, Lord, and the t rue love and happiness that he really seeks, the lasting happiness, not the empty pleasures of this world, but lasting joy, love and genuine happiness. Amen, in Jesus' name!

ML#1239:20 THE LORD USUALLY MAKES YOU LIKE HIS WILL. Sometimes He tests you and makes it a little hard to see if you still love Him, but “His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and you'll have rest to your souls! Come unto Me all ye that are weary and heavy laden!” (Mt.11:28-30.) I believe in that! I don't believe in this Catholic religionist Oriental asceticism that you should try to suffer and be cruel to yourself in order to make yourself more religious, that the sadder you are the more religious you are! Don't worry, there's enough in life that will do that without overdoing it!

ML#1239:21 GOD CASTS OUR LINES IN PLEASANT PLACES and WE'RE TO BE HAPPY and JOYOUS! Ours is a happy religion, full of love and joy and happiness! I think we're just about the happiest people on the face of the Earth! I know I am! I'm a happy fellow mo st of the time. Once in awhile I get a little sad like I've been about this leadership situation, but the Lord usually shows me the answer and the solution and pulls us out of it somehow and we profit from the lessons we learn and the mistakes we've made.

ML#1284:145 THANK YOU, LORD, THAT WE KNOW THE HAPPY ENDING! In spite of the horrors of this world and the horrors of the growing darkness of this Earth, we thank You, Lord, that we know that it's all going to work out right in the end and You're going to take over and run things the way they ought to be, Lord, with us. Thank You, Lord, we know the happy ending.

ML#1309:215 WE DON'T SEE HOW WE COULD REA LLY BE ANY HAPPIER, EXCEPT SOMETIMES WE COULD BE HAPPIER IF THE FLESH WAS NOT SUCH A HEAVY BURDEN. But You've even made our flesh strong, Lord, and happy and free of sickness and accidents and pain most of the time. It's marvelous how You take care of us and the children and the Family worldwide, so few serious illnesses or accidents, TYJ! TYL! You're so good to us.

ML#1373:65 HE LOVES US and HE KNOWS WHAT'S GOOD FOR US and WHAT WE NEED and WHAT WILL BE A HELP and a blessing and make us happy and comfortable and conven ient. He's pretty smart about that because He knows then we'll work harder and be more appreciative and do a better job!

ML#1373:66 HE BELIEVES IN HAPPY EMPLOYEES, TYL!

ML#1393:1 IN MANY RELIGIONS, THE SADDER YOU ARE THE MORE RELIGIOUS YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE!--The more you suffer and the sadder you are, that's a sign of being very religious! But it's just the opposite with us!--We consider you're not very religious or spiritual unless you're victorious and joyful, smiling and really happy.

ML#1393:3 I DON'T SEE HOW ANY PEOPLE ARE EVER GOING TO BE HAPPY WITHOUT THE LORD--TRULY HAPPY. Even if you supply all their physical needs, they have to have something to satisfy their spiritual needs and the hunger for happiness. Thank God that's what we have, as well as satisfaction for all our physical needs, all of which it takes to make you happy.

ML#1393:5 WE EVEN ENJOY OUR WORK! It's work and it's hard work and it keeps us busy, but we enjoy it!--And I hope you enjoy your work! With the love of the Lord and having the right kind of work, work you know is doing some good and helping people and making others happy, it helps you to be happy and to enjoy it.

ML#1393:6 OUR RELIGION MAKES US HAPPY, OUR WORK MAKES US HAPPY, OUR PLAY MAKES US HAPPY and WE HAVE VERY LITTLE THAT MAKES US UNHAPPY, except the fact that some other people are not happy.

ML#1393:8 SO THANK GOD FOR A HAPPY RELIGION and A HAPPY LIFE!--And we should urge others to be happy and to enjoy the same happiness that we have too, amen? If they haven't got it and they see us happy, they're sure gonna wonder why they're not happy!--And I think that is the greatest challenge we have in our sample, when they see how happy we are.

ML#1393:9 SO, HALLELUJAH FOR HAPPINESS! TTL for being able to enjoy the physical pleasures He gives us, as well as the spiritual pleasures. We've got everything!

ML#1393:11 IF YOU'RE NOT HAPPY, I ALWAYS FIGURE THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU OR YOUR RELIGION OR YOUR FAITH OR SOMETHING. Of course, someti mes we can be sick and that may not make us feel very happy for awhile, but that doesn't destroy our total happiness. We can still be very happy in the spirit and mentally and in fellowship with the Family and everything else. It may leave a little something to be desired, health and strength, but it doesn't make us all that unhappy, amen?

ML#1393:12 SO THANK GOD FOR HAPPINESS!--And enjoyment of life, and our religion and the Lord! (Sings:) “Happy now, happy now, since I found the favor of my loving Savior! All the past, gone at last, and I don't care where or how, praise God!--Happy now, happy now, I have lasting joy! Oh the Devil's deserted and I am converted, and I'm happy, happy, happy, now!”--TYJ!--Are you happy?

ML#1412:20 WE HAVE HEAVEN ON EARTH, HONEY! We have Heaven in our home and Heaven in our hearts!

ML#1456:50 “OH THERE'S SUNSHINE, HEAVENLY SUNSHINE, WHILE THE PEACEFUL HAPPY MOMENTS ROLL! When Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in my soul!”

ML#1529:12 WE HAVE ALL THIS ALREA DY and HEAVEN TOO! I often feel like the old lady who, when they were trying to tell her there wasn't any Heaven, she said, “Well, at least I've had a mighty good time getting this far!” And we've sure had a good time getting this far, haven't we? PTL! Well, we've got a lot farther to go and more to do yet, here and there, so it's only the beginning, folks, only the beginning!

ML#1529:26 LIKE THE OLD SONG GOES: “HEAVEN IS HERE, IS HERE RIGHT NOW! Heaven is here, and I'll tell you how! Jesus to know is Heaven below, Heaven is here, is here and now!” So those of us who know and love the Lord and have His Spirit and live together in our Heavenly Homes with our Heavenly loved ones, all these Heavenly bodies about us, and have Heaven in our hearts, we have Heaven on Earth already! Praise God! Hallelujah! TYJ! Beautiful! Wonderful! Sometimes I wonder how Heaven could be any better! I'm having such a good time already and I'm so happy here and now with you and Jesus in our Heavenly Homes and our Heavenly labors, win ning souls for Jesus, making other people happy and bringing Heaven to them! TYJ! PTL! Hallelujah!

ML#1529:27 SO WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN ALREADY--HEAVENLY HEARTS, HEAVENLY HOMES, HEAVENLY LOVED ONES, HEAVENLY WORK TO DO FOR THE LORD, BRINGING THE HEAVEN OF HIS LOVE TO OTHERS! So we're already having a Heaven of a wonderful time even right here on Earth! But if this is only a sample of what's coming, wow!--Think of what the real full Heaven is going to be like! God's Word tells us that thi s is just the earnest of our salvation (Eph.1:14), this is just a little sample, just a little bit of Heaven here to have His Love and His Spirit now and each other and His wonderful work.--Just a sample! So if this is a sample, think of what the whole thing is going to be like! Hallelujah!

ML#1534:24 WELL, PTL! THANK GOD FOR HEAVEN!--THAT'S MY COUNTRY! This, our Heavenly Homes and our Heavenly Hearts and our Heavenly Houris, our Heavenly Families, our cherubic children, the Kingdom of God on Earth, the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, that's my country! (Sings:) “This is my country, land that I love! This is my country, Heaven above!”

ML#1632:48 THEY SEEM TO THINK THAT OUR FOLKS SHOULD ALWAYS BE HAPPY NO MATTER WHAT! Well, we're happy, but we have some battles sometimes and we can't always be grinning from ear to ear!

ML#1695:69 THAT'S WHAT KEEPS US HAPPY--BEING BUSY!

ML#1741:183 I DON'T SEE HOW I COULD BE ANY HAPPIER IN HEAVEN! Hallelujah!

ML#1768:27 THEIR IDEA OF RELIGION IS THE SADDER YOU ARE and THE MORE YOU SHOW THAT YOU SUFFER, THE MORE RELIGIOUS YOU ARE! The greatest sufferers and the saddest sacks, they are the most holy and the most religious. They have founded whole orders and monasteries and brotherhoods and convents and nunneries on that principle, that the more solemn and sad you are and the more you suffer, the more you show how religious you are. This is a religion of the Devil, not the Lord! This is a System of Satan, not Christ!

ML#1768:111 “SINCE JESUS CAME INTO MY HEART! SINCE J ESUS CAME INTO MY HEART! Floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart!” PTL? Are you happy?--Got floods of joy?--Joy floods tonight since Jesus came into your heart! PTL!

ML#1832:65 SEEKING THE HAPPINESS OF OTHERS and TRYING TO HELP OTHERS and MAKE OTHERS HAPPY, AS GOD HAS ORDERED US TO DO, IS THE ONLY WAY TO BRING TRUE HAPPINESS, GENUINE HAPPINESS! That little song has got it all summed up beautifully: “The way to be happy is to make others happy and we'll ha ve a little Heaven right here!” If you'll try to make others happy, it'll make you happy, and you'll have a little Heaven right here on Earth!--Contrary to the Preamble of...is it the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence?--That Americans are guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.--And they've been chasing it ever since and never found it! Because you don't find happiness by chasing it, happiness finds you by your bringing happiness to others. That's God's system , that's God's rule, that's God's way, that's God's Law of Love. God'll make you happy if you make others happy. It's that simple!

ML#1832:66 I'VE EVEN TOLD PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN CHRISTIANS FOR YEARS THAT THAT WAS THE WAY TO BE HAPPY. I told that to one woman who'd married husband after husband after husband and couldn't find a man who could make her happy--Mary Ulm! I finally said, “Why don't you go out and try to find some dear old man that you can make happy, maybe it'll work!”--And she married th e guy and last I heard she was still living with him and quite happy, until she crossed us! Well, PTL! The only way to be happy is to make others happy and you'll have a little Heaven right here!

ML#1933:24 We were usually happy and we were always in the Lord's service. That 's what keeps you happy. Even if you have nothing, you're happy to have the Lord.

ML#1945:13 What the Hell difference does it matter whether you're happy or not?--Get your mind on the Lord and get your mind on others and try to just forget yourself and your selfishness and your pride and please other people! Get your mind on the Lord and others! You don't find happiness through the pursuit of it, you'll find happiness through trying to make other people happy, and it'll find you!

ML#1945:21 WE ARE MAKING ALL KINDS OF PERSONNEL SHIFTS RIGHT NOW, and you'd better be happy with whatever you've got or whoever you've got, or you're not going to be here very long, because we don't like unhappy people around! We'll do our best for you and try to put you someplace where we hope you'll be happy. Maybe you can make them happy for a change instead of worrying about whether you're happy or not!

ML#1945:64 BUT THE THING IS, YOU'LL NEVER BE HAPPY WITH ANY MAN and NO MAN WILL EVER MAKE YOU HAPPY, because it's not the man, it's you that's the problem and your God-damned spirit, selfishness, self-centeredness and pride!

ML#1945:90 HAPPINESS IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT, and you don't make yourself happy by trying to make yourself happy, or trying to find somebody else to make you happy. It's a law of God just like gravity that you don't get happy by trying to make yourself happy or trying to get somebody else to make you happy, but you g et happiness by trying to give it to other people! You don't find happiness by chasing it! You go around chasing others and trying to make them happy, then happiness will find you, it will chase you and catch up with you and make you happy! That's a law of God!

ML#1945:138 Quit trying to succeed yourself, quit trying to have the victory, just let Jesus come in and let Him win it!--PTL? Get your mind on the Lord! Get your mind on your job! Get your mind on helping others! Seek their happiness before yo ur own! Have real, genuine, sacrificial, unselfish love!--That's love, not this hog-wallowing trying to get satisfaction for yourself, trying to make yourself happy, trying to make others make you happy. Get your mind on Jesus! Ask Him to help you love Him so much you'll love others so much you'll forget your God-damned evil self, your worst enemy, and live for the Lord, live for Jesus, live for others! Praise God?

ML#1945:139 Forget your God-damned, evil worst enemy, yourself, and get your mind o n the Lord and His work and others! You'll get so busy and so filled with His Spirit and so filled with His joy and His happiness that He gives you as a result of trying to make other people happy, that you'll forget that God-damned evil self of yours and your own worst enemy and you'll find your best Friend, Jesus, that He can do it all if you'll just let Him.

ML#2032:18 WE'RE ALL WORKING HARD and WE ALL SUFFER PERSECUTION and BAD PUBLICITY and TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS and HARD WORK and A LOT OF THINGS, like we're goin g through right now trying to get all these pubs ready, but in the meantime we're having a lot of fun! I'm enjoying life!

ML#2094:37 I JUST THINK WE MUST BE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE WORLD! I really believe we're the happiest people in the world, along with any other real born-again, genuinely saved Christians.--Although I don't even think they could be as happy as we are, because they're still bound by churchianity and its rules and the Law. They're not completely free. If Christ sets you free then you're free indeed! But if they're of the concision, the circumcision, they will have to keep their church rules and church laws.

ML#2102:31 IT TAKES HIS INNER BEAUTY IN YOUR HEART and YOUR LIFE and EVEN IN YOUR BODY TO MAKE YOU SHINE and radiate the happiness and the peace and the joy and the Love and the beauty of Spirit that He alone can give!--And that's why so many remark about how beautiful we are! It's just His beauty shining through us and shining upon you, hoping you might be attracted to His Light and His Love and His Liberty and His Life and His Salvation! Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus! Praise the Lord! (Ro.8:16; Mt.13:43; Jn.8:36)

ML#2102:41 I GET SO EXCITED ABOUT IT, I'VE JUST GOT TO SHOUT! I hope you're full of such happiness and joy, just like we are! And if you're one of us, you are! If you love Jesus as we do, you're full of His joy and happiness and Heavenly life of His saved family, the Family of God! Praise God! Thank You Jesus! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Thank You Lord! Amen!

ML#2 113:61 IF YOU THINK YOU'VE ENTERED INTO A LOT OF JOY DOWN THERE [ON EARTH] IN THE LORD, WAIT UNTIL YOU GET HERE [HEAVEN]! THERE'S MORE TO COME! (Mat.25:21)

ML#2158:16 THAT'S THE WHOLE IDEA OF LIFE! THAT'S WHAT YOU WERE PUT HERE FOR! What did Martin Luther call it in his catechism?--The whole duty of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever!

ML#2162:60 WE'VE GOT IT ALL! ISN'T THAT WONDERFUL? BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE EVEN MORE! Heaven is better than this! Think of that! The life we now live is so Heavenly. I can never get over how wonderful life is to us as Christians who know and love the Lord and are filled with the Spirit and doing His work, doing His will! Then you're blissfully happy, you could hardly be any happier. You've got it! You've got it all! We've got Heaven already in our hearts, Heaven in our Homes, Heaven in our lives, Heaven in our boys and girls and in our children. They're little bits of Heaven sent down from the Lord!

ML#2221:33 “MY CUP RUNNETH OVER!” What does that mean? ( David: With blessings!)--Right, with happiness! You get happy! (David: And with love, peace, joy!) You get lots of love, all the fruits of the Spirit! (Maria: It keeps you from being squeaky!)--Oh yes! (Techi: And it never runs out because it's overflowing all the time!)--Right, running over! You never run out of that kind of oil of the Holy Spirit if you have Jesus and you have His Holy Spirit! PTL!

ML#2236:45 HELP HIM TO REJOICE IN THEE! You said to rejoice! Are you rejoicing?

ML#2244:6 I JU ST CAN'T RESIST TELLING YOU THOSE JOKES! I LOVE TO SEE YOU LAUGH and BE HAPPY!

ML#2320:17 Anyhow, preparation is important! Maybe that's why sometimes I give you an hour of introduction and half an hour of Class! It's important to get you in a receptive mood, maybe a happy mood, maybe even a funny mood and laughing where you're enjoying the Class!--To sugar-coat the pill before we dig into the bitter part! Maybe it's a good idea!

ML#2341:12 It's funny how sometimes you cry just because things are so wonderful and so beautiful, you're just moved to tears!

ML#2363:34 (Verse 7:) “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.” What does that mean? (Family: They're happy at harvest time, but we're happy continually!) Yes, they're obviously happy with the abundance of their riches and their material increases, corn and wine. That's when they're happy, when they get to see all that good corn and all that wine, and then they're happy beca use they think they've really got it made with all their wealth and riches. But David says, “Thou hast put gladness in my heart! I'm happier in You than they are with all their riches!” PTL?

ML#2364:17 “Let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.” We're the only really happy people in the world because we love the Lord and we're joyful in Him! After all, how could anybody else be truly happy when they're not saved and they don't know what's going to happen to them when they die?--Or ma ybe they do, and if they're not saved, it's not too good.

ML#2397:24 Yes, to just sing songs of happiness, what good is that? That makes them feel worse if they see there is happiness but we don't tell them how to get it!

ML#2399:71 I'll tell you, we've got everything that God ever gave to Man and Woman, and we can enjoy it to the full! PTL! We've not only accomplished the most of any group our size that I've ever known, but I think we have more fun! I think we enjoy it more! Praise God? I reall y think we're happier! I know we are! If we're accomplishing more than anybody else on Earth per capital per Dollar, we're bound to be having more fun and enjoying it more, because we know we're saving more, PTL! We have the joy of the Lord in every way--spiritually, physically and work-wise. PTL? We've got the most!

ML#2411:45 Why are you so happy there in the club? How can you be so happy and content and smiling and radiant? They can feel the Spirit, they can see it on your faces! “You've got somethin g we haven't got! What is it you've got?” It's Jesus! That's the Answer, just that simple!

ML#2510:7 It will be such a day of rejoicing, such an hour of victory to glory in the defeat of the Enemy!

ML#2526:8 So the teens especially could easily gravitate to the System unless they have something that'll keep them happy at home.

ML#2526:17 The alternative is to make their work-time fun, and you can be their friend and work along with them and really make it enjoyable. I think that's a very reasona ble option. Actually, that's what our kids here have been doing. They've been working at all the needed home chores and they've been very happy at it, although they're even happier when they have people who enjoy it working along with them.

ML#2526:20 You can't always just be work, work, working, or the poor child will feel he's missing out on life itself. You have to help him really enjoy life.

ML#2526:25 Our young people should be learning all they can. Ideally they should be learning all ki nds of different things: baby care and house care, cooking and maintenance, schedules, finances, stats--everything! Try to teach them a little of everything.

ML#2526:26 That's what's going to keep them much happier than sticking them in one job until they get burned out on it, they've learned it and there's nothing more to conquer and it's just a bore and a chore and they feel like they want to do more. (The same might apply to our new disciples!)

ML#2526:48 “Then the Serpent comes into your Garden and he says, 'Look, I know you have a beautiful garden here and you're really happy, but, you know, you could be even happier if you would just eat this little fruit over here. If you'd indulge in this activity you could be even happier! You know, you're not really happy enough. You think you're happy, but you just didn't know there was more, and I can give you even more! You can have even more fun! You've gotten used to all these fruits here in your Paradise. They're good fruits, but you're used to them now, and they're sort of boring and your chores have gotten to be a little bit of a drudgery. Maybe you didn't realize it, but aren't you beginning to find it a little boring? There are new things over in the neighbor's yard, and if you eat this 'fruit', it's a new taste and it's going to be delicious and you're going to really enjoy it! It's going to give you something that you didn't have before!'“

ML#2526:50 The other illustration the Lord gave me to give her was, “Look at all Jesus had. He was perfe ctly happy, but the Enemy came to Him and said, 'Look, I know You've got a lot, but this is one thing you don't have that I have!--I have all the kingdoms of the world! And if You'll just have a little fellowship with me and make friends with me, I'll give all of these kingdoms of the world to You! That will make You even happier than You are now. You must not be completely happy because You don't have everything, You don't have what I have to give You!'“--Luk.4:5-7.

ML#2526:57 (Fam: That's what T echi said, “Now we know what we don't have, and now we can't have it,” and then she started crying.) Yes, they had everything else and they thought they were wonderfully happy, and they were. But when they saw the one thing they couldn't have, they started to murmur and they started to be discontented. That evil seed was implanted in their hearts. It didn't have to continue to affect them, but they let it. They let that murmur grow, about “not having everything we want!” and they let the Enemy continue talk ing to them and they continued listening to him. He was telling them, “You could be a lot happier and you could have more power and could experience things you've never experienced before! You could have more pleasure and more excitement, more fun! You're so bored now!”

ML#2526:58 The power of suggestion! You can be perfectly happy, but somebody's negative idea implanted into your mind can make you start wondering, “Well, maybe I'm not happy after all!”

ML#2526:59 Then you get discontented and you sta rt murmuring and complaining, “Well, what is wrong? I guess I'm really not as happy as I could be. There must be something missing!”

ML#2542:33 Even if He doesn't protect and keep you from having to suffer, He will be with you in it and keep you through it, just like He did with the early martyrs. The Lord will give you the grace. He says, “If ye be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you!”--1Pet.4:14. He will even do outright miracles for you, like He did for the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace and the early Christians who were burned at the stake. They sang songs of praise while the fires burned!--In other words, they didn't even feel the flames! PTL!

ML#2549:85 Yes, those were happy days then, but I'll tell you, they're not so happy now! But we can still be happy in the Lord! TTL! Even living underground and selah and persecuted and all the rest, we can still be happy in Jesus!

ML#2572:56 Look, we're done early, so we c an now go to bed and be so happy, we don't even have to discuss all these worrisome, detailed questions. The Lord's answered them all so simply. Amen? See, it pays to trust the Lord and pray! You even get out early from what could have been a long and difficult meeting! PTL! ILY!

ML#2630:31 Last night she told me, “I'm just not very happy, I'm not making much progress.” I replied, “Well, Honey, you're a soldier in a battle.--And I don't think you'd describe most soldiers on the battlefield as 'happy ', at least not the way we usually think about happiness--carefree, smiling and feeling on top of the World.” I believe her definition of how she ought to be feeling is not too realistic, because she's in the middle of a big fight.

ML#2714:27 I'm not saying that we can't be happy; of course, we're happy! But our happiness and contentment is something that is consistent and steady--not like our emotions, which are up one minute and down the next. We're happy because we know the Lord and have Him in our h earts! “Happy is that people that is in such a case, yea, happy is that people whose God is the Lord!”--Psa.144:15. Our happiness isn't something that's dependent on feelings or thrills or emotional highs of some kind. We're happy because we have Jesus, the most precious Treasure in the whole world!--True happiness is the peace, contentment and joy that remains in spite of all our trials and tribulations and the heaviness we often feel from the burdens of this life.

ML#2714:28 For us, God's children , happiness is a permanent state of being, not merely a feeling. We may feel gloomy and our hearts may be heavy sometimes, but nevertheless, at the same time, we remain happy with the happiness that Jesus gives us through Faith, Salvation and all the wonderful blessings that come with it. Thanks to Jesus, we know that all of our sins are forgiven and that we're saved from Hell and bound for an eternity of happiness in Heaven! So whatever our temporal feelings happen to be, our happiness abides! Happy fe elings fluctuate, they come and go, but our state of happiness remains. However, for the unsaved, for the worldlings, because they don't know Jesus, they can't be truly and permanently happy, although they do sometimes experience a kind of temporary happiness in the form of positive emotions or happy feelings.

ML#2714:30 The Lord is so good to us, He not only gives us this greatest of all happiness, the permanent state of happiness that comes from knowing Him and being filled with His Spirit, but He also frequently gives us all the wonderful feelings of happiness as well--thrills, excitement, pleasure, ecstasy, delight--feelings that we often reflect in our physical behavior when we smile or laugh or clap our hands or dance or jump up and down for joy, etc.

ML#2714:31 Even though such feelings of excitement and thrill and ecstasy are not a necessity nor something that we hinge our faith upon, nevertheless, because the Lord loves us and wants us to enjoy life, He gives us these feelings as a plea surable experience, as sort of a bonus. These feelings and sensations of happiness are often the exception rather than the rule, but we do receive them from the Lord on occasion, and when we do, we count them as a blessing! But we must not expect them all the time or demand and insist that He give them to us, or think that we have to have them as some kind of a sign by which we gauge whether or not we're close to the Lord.

ML#2714:32 So we, God's children, actually have the best of all worlds, the b est of everything!--We have true, genuine, permanent happiness that comes from knowing Jesus. We're also frequently blessed with thrills and excitement of the Spirit that result in tangible feelings, sensations and spiritual “highs.”--Not to mention the feelings of peace, contentment and spiritual rest that we usually have just from knowing that we're the Lord's and under His loving care. Then on top of all this, the Lord also lets us experience all of the pleasurable sights, sounds, feelings, scents and tastes that He has created as a part of His natural Creation.--The very things that most of the poor unsaved people of the world turn to and seek after as their sole means of obtaining happiness of any kind!

ML#2714:33 In fact, we derive even more happiness and pleasure and enjoyment from the natural world than the unsaved, worldly folks do! Although they obtain a certain measure of pleasure, peace and temporal happiness from the wonderful natural Creation, “because they know not God, neither glorify Him as God, and neither are they even thankful” to Him for all the wonders He has made, they are therefore sadly “vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts are darkened.”--Rom.1:21. But when we, God's saved children, enjoy His Creation, we not only marvel at the works of His hands, but we see Him in His handiwork! And we understand Him better by the things He has made, and we truly glorify and praise Him and are very thankful, having our hearts enlightened!

PTR#35:6 YOU'RE DEMANDING: “FOR ME TO BE HAPPY and TO BE FULL OF THE LORD and FULL OF JOY, I HAVE TO HAVE THIS!” But then what happens when the Lord says, “I don't want you to have that any more!” Then you're not happy and you fight back with, “Well, I know better than You, Lord!” You're yielded to the problem, the jealousy, and because of that you can't be happy unless everything's going your way.

PTR#35:17 THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY KNOW TRUE HAPPINESS and THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY HAVE PEACE OF MIND IS IN FINDING THE LORD'S WILL and NOT FIGHTI NG AGAINST IT! If you're not willing to yield, you could have a physical and spiritual breakdown!
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