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God's Plan For A Happy Life? 

By:  Gary Colley
Date:  December 29, 2002
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Happiness is found to be very elusive for many.  Though we desire this blessing for ourselves, some search the world over but are unable to find happiness in life.  The reason why the multitude do not find peace, tranquility, and happiness is that they seek for it in the wrong places, such as riches, fame, and popularity.  Each time these are obtained they are found to be empty for lasting happiness and real joy in life.  We need to notice that these are things of an outward nature, while we need to realize that God’s formula happiness comes from within our hearts.  God does have a plan by which all can find happiness, but He promises it from His perspective and not from our own.  The keys for true happiness are to be found in the thoroughly furnishing Scriptures given by God (II Tim.3:16-17; II Pet.1:3).  We receive happiness and peace in life by being sure our actions are in harmony with God’s Word.  1. Some want to be in the family of God without being born again, which is an impossible way to happiness (Jn.3:3-5).  Instead of being, as many teach today, “saved by faith only,” Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mk.16:16).  The inspired apostle Peter said, “See ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Pet.1:22-23).  2. Some want to be happy without seeking the grace and peace from Jesus, which is only found in Christ or His church (Phil.1:2; II Tim.2:1).  We must focus our lives on forgiveness and hope if we would find lasting happiness (II Tim.1:1-2).  3. Some want happiness without being thankful, for the gracious blessings of salvation, the talents given us to use, and the church built and purchased by Jesus (Eph.1:3; Rom.1:21-22; Phil.1:3-5).   4. Others think they are privileged souls, who therefore will not and do not submit to the Master of life, Jesus Christ (Lk.6:46; Matt.7:21-29).   5. These refuse to live an humble and faithful life,  following the attitude and mind of Jesus (Phil.2:5).  They think too highly of themselves and their importance, to bow their knee in confession of the King of kings and the Lord of lords (I Tim.6:15).  Such an attitude makes folks miserable as they wallow in their self-pity.  6. Many think they will find happiness in always complaining and murmuring at the providence of God (Phil.2:12-14).  These hold grudges against their fellowmen and are upset by every small slight that happens to them.  This attitude is guaranteed to bring misery, not happiness! (Phil.4:6-7).   Seek in the right way, happiness will be found!
–Gary Colley