Holiness Is the Fight for Happiness


Audio Transcript

The greatness of God’s majesty is not magnified in hollow efforts to keep commandments. Every religion does that. That doesn’t make God look great. It makes you look moral. Rather, the greatness of God’s majesty is exalted when you are satisfied in him more than anything, especially when you’re suffering. My point here is you’ll never feel this, you will never devote your life to magnifying God by being satisfied in God, until you see that the ultimate essence of evil is the failure to be satisfied in God.

I just wonder how many of you try to be good without any attention to this? You’re fighting the battle at the level of deeds all the time. “Well, I’m not supposed to do that, or I should be doing that, or more of that, or less of that” — Satan is laughing up his sleeve that you are fighting on a front that can never succeed. The battle is here in your heart, really deep. What do you love? What do you cherish? What are you satisfied by? Are you fighting that battle? That’s the battle that gives rise, then, to all that’s good and kills all that’s evil.

So, the reason that I’m talking at Passion about the ultimate essence of evil is because Passion is about the majesty of God, and you will never make much of the majesty of God until you know and hate that the ultimate essence of evil is preferring anything to God.