How To Be A Saint That Is Happy And Full Of Joy


 

John 15:11 (NIV)
11  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Psalm 1:1-3 (NCV) Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do.
2 They love the LORD’S teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night.
3 They are strong, like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don’t die. Everything they do will succeed.

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Many people assume that in order to be happy, you must have material things that you can see. God’s view insists that you must start with the root of the problem and not the fruit. In Proverbs 4:23, the heart of man is the starting place to alter the course of life. If the heart of man is right, then the course of his/her life will be right.
Our hearts have been unguarded for the most part and it seems like in our world today, no one sees the importance of “guarding the heart”. The entertainment industry and the food industry make billions of dollars by filling the hearts of the people with advertising claims that appeal to the emotions making consumers out of us all through manipulating the course of our life.
The results of this “heart manipulation” is “saints that are unhappy”. If we can guard our heart from the corruption of evil, then our life will be on course for happy and prosperous result. In the OT Psalm 1 is a plan that lays out the course for a happy man. We know that “things that are written in the OT is written for our learning” Romans 15:4 Romans 15:4 (NCV)
4 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope.
(1) What we see in the Psalm 1 is a principle of “guarding the mind(intellect), guarding the (emotion/feelings) and guarding your (will, what you do)
Psalm 1:1-3 (NCV) Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do.
(a) Those who are “happy” in (vi) are able not to listen to the wicked, don’t go where sinners go, don’t do what evil people do by the power of grace received through their faith in (v2).
(2) Those who are “happy” in (v1) love the Lord’s teachings and think about them all the time. What you love most and what you think about most will be what you spend most of your time doing. Proverbs 23:7
2 They love the LORD’S teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night.
(3) Those who love the Lord’s teachings and think upon them are those who live by faith. In (v3) spiritually strong, spiritually fruitful throughout their life span. Everything they do they will succeed because the Lord is on the throne of their life.
3 They are strong, like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don’t die. Everything they do will succeed.
You may be thinking to yourself that you have “faith enough” to receive the grace of God to have the joy that the world can’t give. To have peace that passes all understanding. Dear friend, faith is not a feeling only but is identified but it’s by it’s accompanying actions acting on the truth of the Lord. Are you living by faith? If so, joy in the Lord is yours. John 15:11 (NIV)
11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

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