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Satisfy Your Soul (10 of 11)
Series: Are You Happy Now?
Dr. Fred Lowery
November 1, 2009
Romans 3:23; Romans 3:24; 1Corinthians 3:11; 1 Peter 1:3
No we are in a series called happiness and let me ask you a question. Can a non-Christian be happy? Can a non-Christian be happy? Absolutely. Now you and I know people who are happy and they are not Christians. They are not church people, not religious people. And yet they are happy people. Understand that all people have happy days and happy times. All people get both happy and unhappy. So yes a non-Christian can be happy because remember happiness is based on happenings. You know if things happen to happen the way you happen to want them to happen then you are happy. Circumstantial. But we know that the happiness we have been talking about is really joy; it’s just that a lot of people don’t understand the word joy. So second question, can a non-Christian be joyful? Can a non-Christian be full of joy? Absolutely not. There is just a simple, if you take J O Y, I can just get it down so simple you cannot miss it. J O Y - Jesus first, others second and self last. That brings joy and a non-Christian cannot put Jesus first, cannot put self last and probably can’t put others second either. It’s not in a non-Christian to do that. A non-Christian simply cannot pull it off. Jesus Joy is available only to those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. And when Christ comes in at conversion, when you accept Christ and He comes into your life at that moment, Jesus takes up residence in you through the Holy Spirit. Jesus who is love, joy and peace, takes up residence in you. So from that moment on you always possess inner joy, inner peace. You may leave joy but joy will not leave you. There is always that inner joy deep within that regardless of what is happening external, regardless of what mess your life is in there is an inner peace and a joy that the world can never produce, the world can never gi ...
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