Living The Better Life

God didn’t create us only to live for pleasure…Pleasure does not equal happiness (Ecclesiastes 2:1-10).

Break the connection between temporary pleasure and lasting happiness. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin…” (Hebrews 11:24-25).

Pleasures are enjoyable but they are fleeting, only lasting for a time, temporary. Pleasure is fun on credit, at first it is fantastic…30 days later ~ OUCH! By faith, God has something so much more. He wants us to experience permanent, glorious, rich, eternal pleasures.

Break the connection between what you do and who you are. “Then I looked at all the works my hands have done and on the labor in which I had toiled, and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun” (Eccl. 2:11).

It is not all about what we do, it is ALL about God.

Break the connection between your circumstances and your character. “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake” (Luke 6:22).

Pleasures sustained through circumstances…Happiness when our character is right…We find true happiness in the midst of our character.

We seek and seek for worldly happiness through pleasures and circumstances, but true happiness is only found in JESUS!

“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled” (1 Peter 3:14).

It is an “inside” job, a heart change…”Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls~Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

“Blessed are the; poor in spirit, those who mourn, are the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, are the merciful, are the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:3-10).

So, how do we find happiness?

It begins and ends with a relationship (not a religion) with the Creator of the Universe, God Almighty. It is not fancy toys, flatter tummy’s, buns of steal, fine dining, etc.

Receive God’s forgiveness. “Blessed is he who’s transgressions are forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit…I acknowledge my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said; “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:1-5).

Submit/obedient to God’s way of life. But Jesus said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28).  You have to know God’s ways to be obedient.

“Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it” (Psalm 119:35). Reject the world’s ways for pleasure.

Experience a heart at peace with God and man. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

There are so many messages, books, etc. for self-help and how to live a better life. Make sure you don’t fall for those false roads to happiness. Only God can fulfill your life with “true” happiness. Allow Jesus to be your Savior and Lord.

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