Who do you listen to? Do you listen to the world’s perspective of happiness? Do you listen to all the commercials saying buy this or buy that, while the actor or actress is showing you fun, excitement, happiness, joy? Do you listen to pastors or religious leaders who tell you “if you send $1,000 today and stand on “blah, blah, blah scripture”, God will make all your problems go away in the next 30 days?
Sorry everybody but God doesn’t work that way. Now He may guide you to purchase something, He may guide you to give that $1,000 because He has something in store for you, He may guide you to do something out of the ordinary to get something extraordinary. HOWEVER…God wants you living a life of pure happiness all the time, not just a one time deal!
When you see things from God’s perspective, your feelings must bend to your faith. You won’t need to purchase something to be happy. Your circumstances don’t need to change before you can be happy. No…God wants us living in perfect peace and harmony all the time; no matter what your circumstances look like.
The world wants us to believe that if you buy this…you’ll look better, feel better, be happier; but happiness…TRUE HAPPINESS…can’t be bought. Real deep-piercing, gut-giddy happiness can only come from your Heavenly Father.
“The joy of the Lord is my strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 28:7)
No matter what your circumstances are, no matter what your feelings feel, no matter what you have to endure to get through the day…you can experience joy every step of the way! The key to your happiness is not buying things or pleading more…the real key is keeping your eyes fixed on the Lord. When you experience and have real deep knowledge of what the Lord experienced, what the Lord accomplished by His death and resurrection; you will undoubtedly know that you know whatever comes against you will never succeed. For Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. He wants you complete, whole, happy and living in peace no matter what you face. Because the truth and the whole truth is very simple…the more you can see what Jesus accomplished, the more you spend time to learn about Him, the more you build your faith and lean on Him…the more joy you will experience.
When Paul and Silas was thrown into the deepest and darkest prison, they didn’t think about their circumstances. They didn’t let their bad day stop them from experiencing joy. They had every right to feel sorry for themselves. They had every right to feel angry, depressed or let their feelings get the best of them. But they turned a bad situation into a praise-a-thon!
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25)
So the next time you have something go wrong or you feel angry or someone says something bad about you or you wish your circumstances would change…do what Paul and Silas did…start singing and worshiping the Lord. Make your situation and feelings bow to the Lord. He will make a way when there isn’t one. He will fill you with peace that surpasses understanding. He will be your strength and most importantly…He will be your joy no matter what you face today!
For your real-deep-giddy happiness lies with the Lord Himself. Don’t let another day pass you by without having the true happiness He wishes you to have!
It’s a choice you must make everyday!
Choose to Praise Up and Be Happy Today!
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