Learn how to be Happy

Learn how to be Happy

Phil 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

 

Phil 4:10-13

10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

  1. You have to learn to be happy.
    1. Content spanish contento. Happy.
    2. Happiness is feeling or showing pleasure and contentment. Good feelings.
    3. Happiness is an attitude that you can learn.

v 11 “I have learned”

v 12 “I have learned”

  1. Secret implies something most people don’t know about.

 

Phil 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

  1. Many people are waiting for the circumstances to be worked out before they decide to be happy.
    1. Reason for rejoicing? The Lord. How often? Always?
    2. Lord does not change.
      1. People change
      2. Circumstances changes
    3. He repeats the command to emphasize the importance of rejoicing.
    4. “Rejoice” is a verb. “Happy” is an adjective. “Happiness” is a noun.
    5. Only way to change the description of your life (adjective) is to act (verb)!
    6. Happiness is a choice!

Ps 34:3

3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

KJV

  • Reasons in the Lord to be happy.
    1. Magnifying glass. Make bigger.
      1. God loves you.
      2. God has a good plan for you.
      3. God has you in the palm of his hands.
  1. You have to train your mind!
    1. We know body can be trained.
      1. Lift, run, catch, throw, bat, dance
    2. Mind can be trained to….forgive, trust, hope
      1. Rude, hurtful words,

1 Cor 13:7

7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

TLB

  1. Bad doctors report, loss job
  2. Death of the love one
  1. Relax and let things go.
    1. People can make you miserable if you let them.
    2. Only God can change people. (still encourage, correct, and teach)
    3. EASY-GOING OR HARD-GOING.
      1. Waitress gets your order wrong
      2. Stuck in traffic
      3. Your Candidate lost
      4. People act stupid
    4. Sonia and my free stay in Rome.
    5. Sometimes God uses what appears to look like something to upset you to be something that blesses you.
  1. Don’t let Satan steal your joy.
    1. Joy is to Satan what Raid is to flies.
    2. I have never seen anyone demon possessed who maintained the joy of the Lord.
    3. Tune things out. My aunt Monica lived next to the airport. She didn’t hear anything.
    4. Eleanor Roosevelt: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Isa 35:1-2

1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;

the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.

Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;

it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.

  • When things seem dry and parch, you will bloom like the crocus, but only when the wilderness rejoices.
    1. Crocus is a plant blooming when other plants do not. Especially in winter.
    2. Symbolism: desert, parched land, wilderness and crocus speaks of us.
    3. Rejoice always….car breaks down, bad report from the doctor, kids tell you that they are not going to church,

Isa 12:3

3 With joy you will draw water

from the wells of salvation.

  • Salvation includes the all inclusive blessings of God through the sacrifice of Jesus.
    1. You only get the strength to draw when you maintain your joy.

Neh 8:10

for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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