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The Hard Work Of Happiness - Steven Furtick Sunday Sermon July-10-2022. Scripture References: Psalm 126; Luke 15, verse 29; Genesis 30, verses 12-13; Matthew 25, verses 22-23. In “The Hard Work Of Happiness,” Pastor Steven Furtick teaches us that the strategy for lasting happiness requires us to put our faith in charge of our feelings.

Joyce Meyer (April-07-2021) Daily Devotional: The Source of Happiness .

Focusing on our problems will prevent us from rejoicing and being glad. Look for the good in your life and your joy will increase. You might have a problem, but if you focus on what’s good, then you will discover there are some good things in your life also. The world is full of people and situations that don’t please us, so if we are waiting for perfect circumstances to make us happy, we will be waiting forever.

That’s why we must learn not to base our happiness and joy on outward circumstances, but on the Lord’s presence inside us.

Thankfully, we can learn not to fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in everything to give thanks and praise to God. Then the peace that passes all understanding will be ours.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for the gifts of joy and contentment. Regardless of the circumstances around me, I choose to praise You and realize that You are the true source of my joy. Thank You for Your goodness in my life. I choose to put my hope in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Devotional (April-02-2022) Happiness Is . . .

"Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . those who mourn . . .the gentle . . . those who hunger and thirst for righteousness . . . the merciful . . . the pure in heart . . . the peacemakers . . . [and] those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness" (Matt. 5:3-10).

By the world’s standards, Christ’s definition of happiness is shocking and contradictory!

A quiz in a popular magazine characterized happy people as those who enjoy other people but aren't self-sacrificing, who refuse to participate in negative feelings or emotions, and who have a sense of accomplishment based on their own self-sufficiency.

But Jesus described happy people quite differently. In fact, He characterized them as spiritual beggars who realize they have no resources in themselves. He said they are meek rather than proud, mournful over their sin, self- sacrificing, and willing to endure persecution to reconcile men to God.

By the world's standards, that sounds more like misery than happiness! But the people of the world don't understand that what is often thought of as misery is actually the key to happiness.

Follow the Lord's progression of thought: true happiness begins with being poor in spirit (v. 3). That means you have a right attitude toward sin, and that leads you to mourn over it (v. 4). Mourning over sin produces a meekness that leads to hungering and thirsting for righteousness (vv. 5-6), which results in mercy, purity of heart, and a peaceable spirit (vv. 7-9)—attitudes that bring true happiness.

When you display those attitudes you can expect to be insulted, persecuted, and unjustly accused (vv. 10-11) because your life will be an irritating rebuke to worldly people. But despite the persecution, you can "rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great" (v. 12).

You are one of God's lights in a sin-darkened world (v. 14), and while most people will reject Christ, others will be drawn to Him by the testimony of your life. Be faithful to Him today so He can use you that way.

Suggestions for Prayer

  • Thank God for the grace enabling you to have Beatitude attitudes.
  • Ask Him to make you a bright light in someone's life today.

Joel Osteen - Message: How to Choose Happiness. On TBN's Your Best Life Now, Joel Osteen shows us the importance of choosing happiness and a good attitude every day through the story of Candace Payne, better known as Chewbacca Mom.

Joyce Meyer (December-19-2020) Watch Message: Increase Your Happiness. Joyce shares with you seven ways to increase your happiness and here is number three.

Joyce Meyer (December-13-2020) Watch Sermon: How Do I Find Happiness? If we're really going to have any happiness we really have to understand the grace of God. Find out what grace means right now and watch as joy comes into your life.

Joyce Meyer (December-17-2020) Radio Podcast: 7 Ways to Increase Your Happiness, Part 4. God promises great rewards for those who live by His Word. Be encouraged to trust Him for the grace you need, especially during difficult times.

Joyce Meyer - Sermon: 7 Ways to Increase Your Happiness - part 3. How can you experience an overflow of peace and joy in your life? Today, Joyce shares unlikely answers to help you get there.

Joyce Meyer: and listen, you could even get what you think you want and then you're gonna find out that even that didn't make you happy because it is impossible to be happy if you're not willing to give yourself away. Our goal is not just to be happy, although that's a good goal in itself, but our goal is to glorify God in everything that we do. And I personally believe that sad-faced christians don't glorify God. They're not a great advertisement for salvation, so we need to live our lives in such a way and even have an appearance about us that makes people want to have what we have. And so, I think that the joy of the Lord, which is our strength, and peace, and patience, and different things like that, are very important for us as believers if we really want to be used by God. And so, Psalm 5:11 says, "let those who love your name be joyful in you and be in high spirits." So, God doesn't wants us just to have a little bitty, you know, every once in a while, he wants us to be really happy and really in a good mood, and notify our face so the world can tell that we've got something that they need. Amen?

 

Joyce Meyer - Sermon: 7 Ways to Increase Your Happiness - Part 2. Sometimes our problems feel bigger than our faith. Today, Joyce explains why, in God's economy, the odds are always in our favor.

Joyce Meyer: bein' unhappy about the debt you're in won't help you get out of debt. The only thing that's gonna change anything is if you get with God, find out what you can do, and do it, and then trust him to do what you cannot do. This morning and tomorrow morning, I'm gonna teach a little two-part series on ways to increase your happiness. Who would like that? Now, I have 12 ways, but I'm not gonna put how many ways into the title yet, because I never know how far I'm gonna get. So it could end up to be seven ways to increase your happiness. It could be five ways to increase your happiness. It could be all 12 ways to increase your happiness. It just depends on how I behave, and we never know that either till I get started, so. It's amazing how happy you get if you begin to believe the right stuff. Let's look at romans 15:13: "may the God of your hope," uh-oh, there it is. "may the God of your expectation that something good is going to happen fill you with all joy and peace in believing." Let's stop right there, "in believing." Most of the time, when you don't know what happened to your joy, or why you're in a stinky mood, something is wrong with your believing. Come on, I like these people. I'mma preach to them.

 

Joyce Meyer (August-11-2019) Sunday Sermon: 7 Ways to Increase Your Happiness. Has anyone ever said unkind things about you? Joyce shares encouragements from God's Word to help you smile and keep smiling, no matter what other people say.

 

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