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Have you ever seen a dog that is doing what he was bred, born and raised to do? Most pure bred dogs were bred to serve some specific purpose - to hunt raccoons, or retrieve ducks or herd sheep, and so on. If you've ever seen one of these dogs actually doing what he was bred and trained to do, you've seen a dog in absolute bliss. They are in "Dog Heaven." They are beside themselves with joy. They just love doing what they were bred and trained to do.

Just like dogs, when people are doing what they were created to do, they experience a similar state of joy. So what is it that we were created to do that gives us such joy? Consider this:

If we do something that we think God would like us to do, we feel good.
(Even if we don't believe in God, we still usually have some idea of what God would like us to do and not like us to do)

If we do something that we think God would not like us to do, we feel bad.1

So why do we keep doing things that make us feel bad?

Here's the really interesting thing. I have talked with many people from all walks of life, from preachers to prisoners in a penitentiaries, and they all identify with this. They all nod their head and say, "That's right." So, if we all experience this, and we all like to feel good, then why don't we all do good things all the time? Why would we do bad things, when that makes us feel bad?

Why wouldn't we be like a Labrador Retriever who gets to retrieve ducks all the time?

The reason is, we have this aspect of our being that makes us think we know how to make ourselves feel good, and that makes us think "I am going to do what I want to do. No one's going to tell me what to do." We are trying to please ourselves, rather than trying to please God. This is selfishness. We care more about what we want than we care about what God wants, even though when we do what He wants, it makes us feel good. The Bible calls this "sin", the definition of which is doing what we want rather than doing what God wants.

The Bad News: Even worse than that, since God is perfectly good, he can have nothing to do with anyone or anything that is bad (sinful). If you just once do something against what God wants, he can have nothing to do with you. The Bible calls this separation from God, "death." It also calls the opposite of being separated from God, "life." This "life" or "death" is permanent and extends into eternity.

The Really Bad News: We are stuck with this sin problem. It's part of our very nature. We can't overcome it even if we want to. We are slaves to it. We can't escape it. Even if we want to always do things to please God, we will fail. But there is a solution. There is good news!

We were made by God for His good pleasure. He made us in such a way that when we do things that please him, we experience Joy.
The Good News: God sent His son Jesus to help us with our sin problem. Jesus said, "I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." God wants us to live in "dog heaven." He wants us to live an abundant life, that is, to please Him and experience the joy that causes. And so, he sent Jesus to this world to pay the price of our sin. The price of our sin is death, and Jesus paid that when he died on the cross. He suffered that seperation from God so that we don't have to.

You can have your sin problem cured, once and for all, by simply telling Jesus that you want this free gift of salvation that he's provided for you and that you want to live to please Him. When you pray that prayer, Jesus will come into your life and you will experience this "joy that surpasses all understanding."

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1) If you're doubting this, just think about your own life. I'm sure you've done some good deed. You helped a person in need, or did something right and proper even when you didn't have to. It felt good when you did it, right? And I'm sure you've done things that you know God wouldn't approve of, and deep down, you felt bad about it. It may have provided a good physical feeling (pleasure) but it didn't provide a deep down good feeling (joy). In fact, deep down, it felt bad.
To all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.
It seemed good before me to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done with me. How great are His signs! And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His rule is from generation to generation. (Dan. 4:1b-3)