It's sad to see so many unhappy, anxious Christians. So many of their lives are cluttered about with carnal things that are of no value in the Kingdom of God.
Luke 10:38-42 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was distracted by the number of people in the home who needed to be fed and were all listening to Jesus, and her sister seemed oblivious to the urgent needs around her.
Luke 8:14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
Same thing happens on the thorny ground when urgent things can take our attention off the Word. But the true committed Christian can enjoy a supreme happiness and joy, regardless of their circumstances.
Jesus said in John 16:33 AMP CE Bible "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]"
Let’s look at some of the factors that contribute to our happiness as Christians.
The Christian has Hope
The Christian knows that this life is not all there is to their existence. Our eternal hope rests on our faith in Christ.
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
The Christian also has Contentment
Christians may not be satisfied in every aspect of their life; but contentment does not mean that one is necessarily resigned to the status quo.
We can abound in any state as Paul says in Phil 4:11 "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content."
1 Tim 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain.
We can be content knowing The Lord will never forsake us.
Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you."
The Christian can have Peace
Phil 4:7 The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Prayer brings peace.
Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Solutions to all our problems are found in the God’s Word.
The Christian needs Commitment
The person who is truly committed to Christ is happy. Commitment to the Lord brings about supreme happiness even in this life.
Those outside of Christ need to obey His gospel in order to attain the happiness that can only be found in Him.
Christians must make sure the factors which contribute to true happiness are found in their lives.
Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org
We are a WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park. If you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding. There will be exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's wonderful what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.
We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!
We are also mentoring a number of other groups around the world who receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them to share it also.
FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]
160 Centenary Drive, Mill Park Victoria 3082