…choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time.
— Hebrews 11:25
I believe the greatest deceit Satan has ever perpetrated upon the human race, the most successful lie he has ever used, and one that impinges upon our consciences from a thousand different directions, is simply this: We shall find happiness and fulfillment through sin and by disregarding the commandments and precepts of God; and it is by throwing off the chains that bind, letting ourselves go and following our own passions, ignoring Christ and His Word that we will find satisfaction and joy in this life. Satan’s most successful lie would have us believe that joy will be ours through sin. I am sure that most of us have believed this lie a thousand times or more in our lives.
Yet, the great truth of the Word of God is that at the right hand of God there is joy forevermore. There is happiness in holiness. It is through submission to the will of Christ that man will find his true joy and fulfillment. These are two totally and completely antithetical propositions. One is truth, the other a lie.