Happiness: Can It Happen
I am sure that there is not one person in this congregation today who is not trying to realize the quarantee of the United States Constition that all of us have the right to life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
When we look at the secular world we try to blend together the princiles of everyday living and the Word of God. And often times they mesh and often they don't. The older I get the more I realize that happiness is a choice.
It is determine by the way we think. I want us to look at one of my favorite incidents in the Word of God. One day Jesus sat down with His disciples on a grassy hillside near the little town of Capernum near the shores of the beautiful Galilee.
Jesus said, " I have called you to leave your fishing nets and your money changing tables. I have called your from politics and your medical practice.
You have forsaken your flocks and your fields now I want to tell you how to live a Blessed life. Reading from the Phillips translation of that He says,
" How happy are the humble minded for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
How happy are those that know the meaning of sorrow for they shall be comforted. How happy are those who possessed nothing the whole earth shall belong to them. How happy are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
How happy are those who hungry and thirst after goodness for they shall be full and completely satisfied. How happy are those who are utterly sincere for they shall be known as the children of God.
How happy are those who are perscuted for righteousness for the Kingdom of heaven is their. Happiness then became an attitude. It became an approach to life. It became the mind set. It became a choice.
The only way that you can understand happiness is when you come into that understanding of justification by by God. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
The fallen condition of man is dark and dism ...
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