THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS

SECRET OF HAPPINESS

Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
Phil.4:11-13 The Message

The most amazing thing about Paul’s statement about happiness is where he wrote these words. Paul was a prisoner in Rome and claimed to have found the secret of happiness, the kind of happiness that even works in prison. He seemed to be saying that his happiness did not come from his circumstances or his accomplishments. That sounds strange in our twenty first century world, we seem to place so much emphasis, even in our so called spiritual lives, in our accomplishments or circumstances which have been portrayed as the mark of God’s favor thereby the source of our happiness. That is not even close to what Paul was saying. He said that he had discovered a happiness in Christ or as Jonathan Edwards would say, happiness in the other world. Listen to what Edwards says about the happiness he had discovered in Christ.

“When so great a God dwells among a people, He not only is able to supply them with all good, but He Himself is the sum of all good. God is theirs, and therefore they are happy, if they have nothing else. If all other things fail, the enjoyment of God is sufficient to make them completely happy.”

That is exactly what Paul was talking about. He had discovered the recipe of happiness in life, God Himself was his portion, with that position, there are never any disappointments. I will never forget the question the Lord asked me after His visitation began in our church in NOLA in 1994. He clearly asked me “Am I enough for you. If you are never deemed successful or never have a large ministry can you be happy with only Me?” What a question. Before 1994, I could never have even considered such a thing, but after God had come down amongst us I think I began to understand what Paul found in prison and Edwards found in the Great Awakening. What was their common experience, God Himself had come down in their midst. His presence overwhelms our need for satisfaction in this world. He becomes our portion, and yes, I am content with “only” Him.

4 Replies to “THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS”

  1. I feel the same way, my wife and i serve the lord not so much to be blessed by him but we want to be able to partake with him as he leads now the lord does bless us and that is great i pray we follow him with our motive being on who he is, n ot focused on if we get blessed or not, years ago we were around a lot of lets get blessed type of christainthought being taught, out of this came the so called name it and claim it, i called it gab it and grab it, false prosperity teachings came out of this people got lead down a one way street of really becomeing selfish in a way they were telling the lord what to do so much for obedience to his word seeking his will in your life or having unity in the body of christ because christs will was taken out and man got in there i was glad to see maNY COME OUT OF THESE TEACHINGS and put the lord back to calling it in their lives again, my wife and i spoke out against alot of stuff when they asked why we no longer fellowship with places that held to these teachings, needless to say we were not very popular for a while, alot of these garbage man made self centered teachings are falling by the wayside anymore as the body of christ unifies and comes together im so glad the truth comes outas people see it for what it is, there will always be deception but if we love the lord his word and his people we will not i say will not be fooled luv ya all

  2. Receipe of Happinness: God’s faithful LOVE, Christ’s SACRIFICE, and the Holy Spirit’s COMFORT and WISDOM, mix well while heating with trials and tribulations= REBIRTH in the RISEN SPIRIT. Praise the Lord. In His Light and Love.

  3. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field”. I especially like the part – Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field! WOW – who would not want to find a treasure like that – you would gladly give all you had to obtain it! In fact one might say if you had that treasure nothing else would matter. Sounds like Paul found that treasure. In fact he found something so awesome Paul wrote from prison this also, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”. Knowing Christ overshadows even the worst situations! Check out this song, this blog brought it to mind! OH HOW HE LOVES US! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGNA2_2WhpA

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