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Friday, November 27, 2009

How to Enjoy Life

Do you want to live a happy life? If you say "Yes" like most people do, then it's important to learn how to enjoy life.

Many people today struggle with this thought "How to enjoy life," but only a few spend the time to seek out what life is all about. To enjoy life is to have an understanding of what one's purpose is in the earth and to translate that into daily activities.

Some people may think that they can only enjoy life when they already have a successful career and a lot of money. But it is important to note that "a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Lk. 12:15 KJV). You can enjoy your life where you are with what you already have.

Joy is commonly a group expression, often associated with dancing (Ps. 96:11) or the blessings of prosperity (Isa. 60:15). However, Galatians 5:22 tell us that JOY comes from the Holy Spirit.

Here are two essentials to live a happy life.

  1. Be grateful for the things that you have and the people that God placed in your life; "Remember no man is an island." No matter how much or how little you have accomplished, if you don’t learn to be grateful you will always see things negatively.
  2. Always see God as your source, never put confidence in man. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things (that you desire) shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33).
Finally, be conscious how you treat others.
  • Sympathize with each other.
  • Love each other as brothers and sisters.
  • Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
  • Don’t repay evil for evil.
  • Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you.
Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will bless you for it. For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days,
  1. Keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
  2. Turn away from evil and do good.
  3. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and His ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns His face against those who do evil.”

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.

Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit.

So He went and preached to the spirits in prison—those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Here is what the Psalmist had to say about Joy:
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Psa. 16:11).
"For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psa. 30:5).
"Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart" (Psa. 32:11).

Enjoy this selection from Hillsong "Exceeding Joy."

Remember when things appear to be going in the wrong direction, that the JOY of the Lord is your strength.

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