Yes, happiness is a VERY good thing. For those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus. Happiness has an even more magnificent meaning— blessed.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus lists the eight principles of “biblical happiness”— The Beatitudes.
- Blessed are the spiritually poor. The Kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Daddy’s Favorite)
- Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted. (It’s On!)
- Blessed are the meek and gentle. They will inherit the earth. (No Sand in These Eyes)
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. They will be filled. (Preach It Baby)
- Blessed are the merciful. They will be shown mercy. (Let the Rivers of Mercy Flow)
- Blessed are those who are pure in heart. They will see God. (The Key to My Heart)
- Blessed are the peacemakers. They will be called children of God. (Give Peace a Chance)
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. The kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. The kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Somewhere along the way, many Christians became schizophrenic—one personality and belief system operating within the four walls of a church and a totally different personality and belief system outside the church. Naively believing that God differentiates between the religious and the secular, and that His Truths aren’t applicable and enforceable outside His sanctuary. Many Christians today are indistinguishable from non-believers.
Apathy and unbelief characterize their lives. No longer actively engaged in warfare against sin, satan and the flesh. They have become casualties in the spiritual war for the control of souls. Their light, the glory of the Lord is nothing but a dying ember.
It’s difficult to convince marginal, lukewarm, “secular” Christians that passionately pursuing Christ should be at the top of their “to do” lists. With lifestyles already bursting at the seams with activity. Adding the pursuit of Christ would necessitate reorganizing their daily schedules, sacrifice and redefining their vision of the future. This would certainly insure the total collapse of their life. Exactly what the Lord has in mind!
He expects believers to process the nuances of life from a biblical viewpoint. This worldview interprets and makes decisions not based on political correctness or humanism but the Truth— God’s principles for life. Challenging the status quo and denominational dogma.
A biblical worldview empowered the Apostles and the early Church to wage a nonviolent revolution. This revolution forever changed the world by establishing the baseline for Truth. A revolution not fought with weapons but with Christ’s presence in individuals. Seeing with His eyes. Loving with His heart. Performing miraculous acts with His supernatural power. Lives no longer divided into the spiritual or secular because God’s Truth was the compass for ALL problem solving and decision making strategies. Authenticity permeated their existence.
When the world persecutes and ridicules your devotion to God and His Word. Join Paul and other believers who have walked in the Lord’s glory and boldly declare. “For the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses. For when I am weak in human strength, then am I truly strong— able, powerful in divine strength.”
It’s time Christians grew a backbone. Looked evil squarely in the face and shouted, “Not on my watch!”
Have a great day! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!