Happiness is an outward expression of an inner work.
Matthew 5:4 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!”
Your happiness. . .depends on what you do and how you respond to what happens to you.
For people to be truly happy. . .there must be an inner realization of the mental and spiritual commitments they’ve made to be more than what they are. . .do more than what they’ve already done. . .and bless more than they thought imaginable.
Here are seven ways for you to be truly happy.
First—something to believe in
The world is full of unusual people who believe in some really crazy things. . .yet think they are completely right.
The people who think marriage doesn’t have to be between a man and a woman actually think they’re right.
The people who think that it’s okay to take the life of an unborn child actually think they’re right.
The Romans who threw Christians into the arenas to be eaten by lions actually thought they were right.
Suicide bombers who take their own lives to murder innocent by-standers in the name of Allah actually think they’re right.
What you think is right. . .depends on your moral compass. . .the belief system you base your decision-making on.
I’d like to think that when a person’s core values minimize or ignore the sanctity of human life. . .that it’s their belief system that is out of whack and not mine!
Does your core value system mean treating others with respect . . .wanting the best for everyone?
Do your core values give you authority to operate in the natural world?
John 1:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.”
Here’s what I believe to be true.
Romans 10:9 says:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Second—someone to believe in
From your earliest memory. . .you believed (hopefully) that your parents would provide for you. At some age, some children tragically learned that belief wasn’t true. They discovered they could no longer believe in one or both parents.
During a child’s educational experience . . .many learn to believe in their teachers because they seemed knowledgeable and caring. . .at least for the most part.
The students who became athletes learn to believe in their coaches.
We learn to believe our best friend . . .is someone who will always be there for us.
Sadly, parents have been let down by their children. . .even as children have been disappointed by their parents.
In a popular culture where people are often mesmerized by celebrities who seem bigger than life. . .we sadly discovered their moral character is smaller than we could have imagined.
If you’re blessed in life. . .you’ll not be let down too much by your parents, spouse, children, teachers, professors, coaches, best friends, employers or others in whom you believe. But let downs happen to everyone . . . because nobody has a perfect life.
However, there’s someone you can believe in. . .who will never disappoint you. . .let you down or forget about you. . .no matter what!
Proverbs 18:24 says:
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
Not only that. . .if you believe in this friend. . .who believes in you. . .and listen to His voice. . . He will show you how to be blessed beyond measure.
2 Chronicles 20:20 says:
“. . .Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”
Third—something to stand for
Before David, the shepherd boy, became David, the King. . .his father sent him to his brothers who were on the front lines of battle. . .to find Israel being terrorized by the Philistine giant, Goliath.
When David questioned his brothers about the giant. . .his oldest brother, Eliab, became hostile to him. 1 Samuel 17:29 says:
“And David said, ‘What have I now done? Is there not a cause?’”
This answer was pivotal to David’s belief system and bears asking today.
Is there not a cause you believe in. . . whether spiritual, political, moral or humanitarian?
Have you taken a stand for what you believe in. . .are you willing for your voice to be heard and your actions counted?
In 1947, Peter Marshall, who was at the time Chaplain of the United States Senate, said:
“...because if we don't stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”
Some people are hesitant to take a stand for their Lord. . .for fear of others or what they might say or do. If that’s you. . .take heart and be strengthened by the words of
1 Thessalonians 1:3-4 in the Message Bible:
“It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.”
The Holy Spirit will empower you with the courage of your convictions even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.
2 Chronicles 32:6-8 in the Message Bible says:
“Hezekiah rallied the people, saying, “Be strong! Take courage! Don’t be intimidated by the king of Assyria and his troops—there are more on our side than on their side. He only has a bunch of mere men; we have our GOD to help us and fight for us!” Morale surged. Hezekiah’s words put steel in their spines.”
Wow. . .notice the seven powerful thoughts in that passage.
Now look at Colossians 1:23 in the ETR version where it shows seven things we are to believe in and do. The verse says:
“And that is what will happen if you continue to believe in the Good News you heard. You must remain strong and sure in your faith. You must not let anything cause you to give up the hope that became yours when you heard the Good News. That same Good News has been told to everyone on earth, and that’s the work that I, Paul, was given to do.”
Fourth—something to live for
Joe Louis, the famed heavyweight said:
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
So the question is. . .are you doing it right?
If not, don’t be discouraged. You can get a do-over . . .with a spiritual make-over.
Let’s go further. . .
Don’t live with a money hangover or live with debt leftovers…get a spiritual make-over which will empower you for a do-over.
So here’s the question. . .what does it mean to live for something?
Surprise. . .here are seven thoughts.
First, core values
Second, commitment to a cause
Third, be a doer instead of a talker
Fourth, operate with a plan
Fifth, put your money where your mouth is
Sixth, never give up
Seventh, see the reward. . .the success. . .the victory
Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, said:
“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”
Fifth—something to accomplish
The greatest accomplishment you could ever have is not. . .being at the top of your class in high school, college or graduate school. . .getting the job you wanted with all the perks you prayed for or even marrying the person of your dreams.
Neither is your greatest accomplishment . . .being elected President of the United States. . .winning the Most Valuable Player Award in the Super Bowl. . .being handed an Oscar, Tony or Emmy.
The great accomplishment any person can ever have. . .is found in Isaiah 55:11 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
The words you speak. . .the words that come from the mouth of God. . .will accomplish everything. . .it pleases and purposes to do.
One more thing. . .if you don’t have goals. . .something to accomplish in life . . . you’ll be like Forrest Gump when he ran the kick-off return for the University of Alabama. . . you’ll just keep running and running. . .right out of the stadium and into an unknown future.
But this teaching isn’t about goal setting. . .I’ve taught that numerous other times which are available on our website.
One of the most satisfying experiences in the world. . .is to complete an assignment, achieve a dream and/or do what nobody said could be done.
Sadly, don’t be disappointed if everyone doesn’t share your joy, success or your thrill of victory.
One last thing. . .everything you accomplish in this life. . .is not because of you but Him.
Isaiah 26:12 in the New Living Translation says:
“LORD, you will grant us peace; all we have accomplished is really from you.”
Sixth—someone to partner with
Luke 5:7 says:
“And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.”
The word beckoned in the Greek means signaled. So Peter and his crew signaled their partners in the other ship.
Some scholars believe the partners were people who worked for Simon and his family. I don’t believe that to be the case as they would never have called employees partners.
Today maybe. . .but not back then.
I think it’s more probable that James, John and some of the other disciples who had been fishermen were in the other boat. Bear in mind. . .that Simon’s boat had been used by Jesus to teach the people.
It stands to reason that the other disciples would have been in a boat as well.
Plus, Luke 5:10 in the New Living Translation says:
“His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!’”
Truthfully, who the people in the other boat were. . .is not as significant as what they were.
Partners. . .the root word. . .which according to Strong’s Concordance in the Greek means:
“to have i.e. own, possess; external things such as pertain to property or riches or furniture or utensils or goods or food etc.”
A true partner is someone who will go down the road with you. Your partner is there when you’re on the highest mountaintop and when you’re traveling through the loneliest valley.
In your life. . .you will have many acquaintances . . . some friends . . .but in the final analysis . . .you’ve got only one true friend.
1 Corinthians 1:9 in the New Living Translation says:
“God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Now that’s someone I want to partner with. . .and already have.
Seventh—something to hope for.
Hebrews 11:1 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”
Please notice that the thing “hoped for” is invisible, but faith is the evidence that makes it real. There is no such thing as invisible evidence.
You can’t go into a courtroom and win a case with invisible evidence. The thing hoped for is invisible. If you have faith for a new house, the new house might be invisible right now but your faith won’t be invisible. If the faith is invisible, the house will never show up either.
The Bible says that our faith is substance or better said, it is the “raw material” that your financial return will be made out of.
To guarantee God’s promised harvest, you must focus your faith on the fulfillment of God’s promise. The money you are giving is not the substance that your harvest will be made of. It is the faith you have in God’s ability to keep His promise of a multiplied return that brings the harvest.
If your offering is not given in full faith believing that it will be multiplied back, it will be an incomplete offering because it will lack the substance (raw material) that is needed to produce the miracle that God promised.
Hebrews 11:6 says:
“…without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently (carefully) seek him.”
Now let’s go a little further.
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for hoped for is elpizō (G1679) and it means:
The Greek word for hoped for is in the King James Version of the Bible a total of 35 times in 31 verses and it’s translated trust.
Trustcarries a stronger connotation than hope.
When you trust something is going to happen. . .you’re confident. When you hope for something to happen. . .you’re not sure.
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