What is the key to true happiness?
- 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 this applies to every 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 and also for the life to 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 Peter said to 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.