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Living like a King's Kid - Part 1 (5 of 8)
Series: Do You Want to be Blessed?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
A little four year-old boy was wanting to memorize John 3:16. John 3:16 is probably the most recognized verse in the Bible. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Well, this little guy, he was only 4 years old, and so he couldn't read. So he was going by what he heard. And he came up with this: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but should live happily ever after." And, you know, it's really pretty good when you think about it. You put that together. That's a good paraphrase, because God wants those who believe in Him to live happily ever after. The Christian life is designed to be a life of happiness.
George Gallop, the famous survey-taker, he did a survey called "The Saints Among Us." And he looked in America to see, percentage-wise, how many people are there in America who really and truly love God, walk with God, are fired up, sold out, born-again Christians. And he said it was less than 10%. But he said the characteristic of those people that he surveyed who were sold out, fired up, born-again Christians he said they had these two attributes about them: They were particularly influential, and they were happy. They were happy people.
Now, we're in a series. It's entitled, "Do You Want to be Blessed?" And we've talked about the fact that the word blessed has within it, rooted within it, this thing called happiness. The word used so often in the Old Testament, esher, means "happy." And the word used so often for blessed in the New Testament, makarios, literally means "happy." The Lord wants those that follow Him to be happy. God is a glad, happy, joyful God, and He wants His children to be glad, to rejoice, and to be happy, and to enjoy their relationship wit ...
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