by Dr. Ed Young

Happiness Is...Purity
Edwin Young
Matthew 5:8

I think we have already discovered in our study of the Beatitudes how when we say "I'm not happy" or we say "I sure would like to be happy" - that happiness doesn't come easy; it doesn't come quickly; it doesn't come cheap. Because here 1-n the study of the Beatitudes, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, tells us how the Christian - and by the way I would say that ONLY a Christian can be happy.

You don't just go in and visit a while with the President of the United States. You don't drop by the White House and say "I was in the area ... I thought I would just come in and say hello ....... because our President, as any Chief Executive of any land in America or any corporation - has to limit those that he sees; and therefore, our President has an Appointment Secretary.... and he prunes the list of those who want to see the Head of State like a tree surgeon would prune a tree. And therefore, to see the President, with all the decisions that he makes, with all the pressures that are upon him, is indeed a very critical matter.

When President Eisenhower had his heart attack, a group of reporters went to see the Chief Executive who had once been in that place - Harry Truman. And they went to President Truman and asked, "Can a person be President who has a cardiac condition? Can a man be healthy enough who has a bad heart - to serve in this most prestigious and pressure filled position?"

Harry Truman, with his normal candor, replied, "Gentlemen, no man alive is healthy enough to be President of the United States."

So to see the President, to see a King, to see a Dictator, to see a Ruler, to see any Emperor - to see any Head of State - is reserved for a few - those few who are qualified - are able to see the man.

Now in the Book of Esther there is an interesting parallel. You know that a new king ascended to the throne of Persia ... and this king decided to divide the empire that stretched from India ...

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