Another important aspect of happiness is not dwelling on the past.
And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Luke 12:25
Christ reminded us that worrying does not help the Christian. We ought not to worry about what may or may not happen and it is foolish to worry about that which has already taken place. It cannot be changed so worry cannot change it.
The Past is the Past
No matter how hard we try we cannot change the past. If it is sin that haunts us, we should know that if we repented then God has removed that blot from our lives.
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
We learn from our mistakes and errors but we gain little by dwelling on our past mistakes.
If it’s the joys of the past that we miss….
We cannot relieve the past, we must live “in the now”. We must focus on today. If we want to have a happy life now we cannot live backwards, we cannot continue to live in the past.
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 2Pe 3:13-14
If it is the passing pleasures of sin we miss we ought to repent. A Christian should
have no desire to turn back to sin, back to the world.
3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles —when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 1Pe 4:3
Make God Your #1 Priority
We should pray more-we can never pray enough. Prayer is probably the most unused avenue that the Christian has.
pray without ceasing, 1Th 5:17
We are commanded to pray for one another and those who have sinned
16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Jam 5:16
Attend the Services of the Saints
One of the most basic ways to show our faith in God is also the most neglected
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb 10:24-25
Though the many find excuses to not attend as they should (“as is the manner of some”);
those who truly love the Lord find the first day of the week to truly be the best day of
In conclusion, we can be happy if we pursue it in a godly manner.
We can be happy. Christians have more reasons than any to be happy. To be truly happy we must be on the Lord’s side 100%.
then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, "Whoever is on the Lord's side— come to me!" And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. Exo 32:26
Are you pursuing happiness in a way that is pleasing to God?
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When striving for happiness it’s important to count your blessings.
It’s important to keep in mind that the word blessed means happy.
Name them “one by one”
We often sing “count your blessings, name them one by one”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Eph 1:3
God because He loves us has blessed us, that is made us happy, with spiritual gifts from him.
God blesses us with mercy and comfort
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2Co 1:3-4
The mercy and comfort from God will bless us. Thus, His mercy and comfort will bring happiness to the Christian.
Blessing when counted, outweigh our troubles
God’s compassion and mercy for us is new every morning
Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23
Blessings many times are things we don’t even think about.
Another important factor to happiness is spending time in the Word of God.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man 's all. Ecc 12:13
Keeping God’s commands is a must in order to be happy.
The Bible tells us God’s commands and what desires from us. By obeying his commands and doing what He desires will bring happiness to the life of the Christian.
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 2Pe 1:3
The Bible is a great encourager
Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Psa 119:116
The word of God reminds us of how blessed we are as Christians. It reminds us of the many reasons that the Christian has to be happy.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom 5:8-10
We are blessed that God’s love is shown in his sacrificing of His son. Without such love, such a blessing, we would be without hope.
The Bible tells us where to find happiness
We can find happiness in God correcting us, His correction is because of His love for us. "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. Job 5:17
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord. Psa 128:4 – The man who fears the Lord will be happy.
Happiness is not based on material possessions nor is it a destination to be reached. Happiness comes from contentment and a peaceful state of mind. The Christian can have such because, as the Bible reveals, only God can bring such peace, thus only God can bring true happiness.
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phi 4:7
Join us next time as we conclude or study of how to happy.
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