Many seek for happiness in wealth, possessions, and pleasure, only to be ultimately disappointed!
Many seek happiness in various sins, but any such “pleasure” is of course passing, and leads to hell.
The book of Psalms with its very first Psalm shares with us the key to true happiness
Other parts of the Bible also share with us this same key to true happiness …
g., We started this morning with Solomon … let’s go back to his inspired findings:
12:13-14 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because thisapplies toevery person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
Prov. 3:13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.
3:18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
Also recall Jesus in the beginning of the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5:3-12) …
5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Also 1 Tim 4:7-8 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life andalsofor thelifeto come.
The way to true happiness:
Acts 2:36-38“Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ– this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 And Petersaidto them, “Repent, and let each of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:41-42 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Which new testament chapter of the Bible would you describe as “the Blessings Chapter”??
Ephesians chapter 1 is what I would describe as “the blessings chapter”!
• After the introduction to the letter to the Ephesians (1:1,2),
• Paul lists many of the blessings which (the Ephesian) Christians have in Christ (1:3-14),
• and then prays that they may be enlightened about all these blessings (1:15-23).
What is so great about Christianity? Let us examine ‘the blessings chapter’
Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him
verse 5,6 In love He predestined us to adoption as sonsthrough Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
Eph. 1:7-8 In Himwe have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight
Verse 9-10 In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him
Eph. 1:11-12 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance [also we were made a heritage, ASV], having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.
v 13-14 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.