The Road To Joy
The Declaration of Independence states that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are divinely imparted inalienable rights. But an honest appraisal of modern life shows that for most people happiness is fleeting and for many may already have fled. Is this the best we can expect?
I. Happiness Depends on Happenings.
A. Happiness is feelings of satisfaction, elation and well-being when things are going well.
B. This leads to considerable desire to control life's happenings to achieve a happy outcome.
C. But life stubbornly refuses to be controlled by human effort, ingenuity or technique.
D. So happiness is frequently probable, but unhappiness is guaranteed.
E. There is a God-given alternative-it's called JOY-and it isn't governed by happenings!
II. "The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength." v. 10
A. A case history-an O.T. story of God's dealings with His unhappy people.
B. The returning exiles frustrated by opposition, delays and relationships have a revelation!
C. Maybe t ...
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