by Jeff Schreve

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Living like a King's Kid-Part 2 (6 of 8)
Series: Do You Want to be Blessed?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Matthew 5

Years ago, when I was in Houston, I had a friend of mine and he was telling me a story about his grandson. His grandson, I think, at the time was about 3 or 4. And it was, after Christmas, and he told me this story. And he said, "My grandson, it was a big Christmas for him. He got so many gifts. And he was just beside himself." And he said, "When he left my house, we put him in the back seat of the car in his car seat and all his gifts were around him." And this little boy just began to sing, "God is so good. God is so good. God is so good. He's so good to me." And, you know, if you were to ask little David, if you could have asked him, if I could have asked him, "Hey, David, do you feel blessed?" he'd have said, "Yes, I'm so blessed. Look at all my stuff. Look at all my toys." "David, are you happy?" "Oh, I'm so happy."

We're in a series simply entitled, "Do You Want to be Blessed?" And we have said, as the Scripture clearly reveals, that the word blessed has within it this concept this idea, of being happy. Esher in the Old Testament is translated blessed, it literally means "happy": esher in the Hebrew. In the New Testament, in the Greek New Testament, the word that's used for blessed is the word makarios, which means "blissfulness or happiness."

Now sometimes people get confused. And when they think about happy, they think about being happy with the toys of this world, like little David sitting in his car seat with the toys all around and saying, "Oh, that is what happiness is. It's when you get stuff, and it's in things." And that's kind of the world's definition of happiness. You know, if you have things and everything seems to be going right, then you are happy. But that's not what the Bible refers to when it talks about this thing called being blessed or being happy. The Amplified Bible, I think, gives a great definition of the word bles ...

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