Three Foundations For Happiness

1) Purpose with permanence… Life must have a direction. Where there is no true purpose, there can be no true happiness. To secure purpose, clear out all obstructions and the things that hinder progress. Temporary purposes are not good enough. Ground your purposes in Christ–in Him there is identity and power to carry out your purposes. Set some definite goals for yourself. Face towards success and not towards failure. An unfocused life is a wasted life. Link your goals with God in faith and confidence.

2) Peace of mind… There is too much uneasiness, gnawing discomforts, and troubled minds in life. Many saints are living under the bondage of guilt because of mistakes. Guilt saps your strength. We need to affirm, “Lo, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20, KJV). We need to affirm, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35). We need to affirm that “all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23). Self-deprecation does not give you security. Quit putting yourself down. Quit trying to outdo someone else. Remove fear of failure from your thinking. Allow your memory to heal by forgetting the minute details of past hurts. Learn to forgive others, and learn to forgive yourself.

3) Love and compassion… Without this, disaster looms in your path. Treat people right; they are individuals, and they have an identity. Unstable relationships are the cancer of dissatisfaction, and dissatisfaction spreads quickly. Living in harmony helps your emotional life. Harmony helps prevent headaches and ulcers. The water at Cana was tasteless, but Jesus turned it into wine… into joy, into something meaningful. Speak positive words. Spoken words were the basic materials with which God created the world. By our spoken words we create our own circumstances, whether good or bad. We all have occasional disappointments, but we should never allow them to unleash negative words of resentments or anger or depression. Build relationships with others by being honest and by being faithful. Quit tearing others down. Building others up requires perseverance. Jesus, in Matthew 7:7-8, taught perseverance. Ask… i.e., use your voice. Seek… i.e., use your eyes. Knock… i.e., use actions.

Pastor George Belobaba

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