by Ernest Easley

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Wisdom for a Cheerful Heart (7 of 12)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Proverbs 17.22
July 8, 2001

We are continuing our summer series tonight under
the heading: GOT WISDOM? We hear a lot of
advertisement these days about GOT MILK? And milk is
good for us... but there is something better to
advertise than milk: wisdom!
Milk may make the body strong... but wisdom will
make your spirit strong! And how we need godly wisdom
in dealing with earthly problems! So tonight from the
book of Proverbs... God's book of wisdom . . . we are
thinking about: Wisdom for a Cheerful Heart!
Now I know that I am talking to some people here
tonight who need cheering up! Do you know how I know
that? Proverbs 15.13, "A merry heart makes a cheerful
countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is
Do you know why we need some wisdom for a
cheerful heart? Because nothing contradicts the good
news of Jesus Christ anymore than a miserable
Christian! In fact . . . "miserable Christian" is a
contradiction in terms. It's like saying "dry water"
or "clean dirt." How can it be said in the same
sentence that there is a dead, lifeless, joyless
Christian ought to mean joyful! Christian ought
to mean exciting! Christian ought to mean cheerful!
That is what Paul was talking about in Philippians
4.4, "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say,
If you walk around all the time with an
unfriendly... unhappy disposition . . . you are
communicating the wrong thing about being saved! Now
I know that personalities are different. But when
Jesus comes into your life... Jesus is going to come
out from your life!
That's why worship is a celebration! I'm afraid
that the average worship service in the average church
is more like a funeral service. I've had people tell
me that they don't go to church anymore because it is
boring. Friend... if I had to go to some churches
that ...

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