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Pastor John has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. He is the Senior Pastor having served for 20 years as a missionary in Nepal and as Assistant Pastor on the staff of his father-in-law’s church.  He and his wife, Becky,  have five boys. Together they have ministered in several different countries and are passionate about people, discipleship, missions, missionary work and helping people grow in the Lord.      

Finding True Happiness – Part 1

Finding True HappinessIn response to a recent article about finding true happiness, someone commented.

“I work in a toxic environment. I love my home but toxic people living near me harass me. Every day is a fight. Now how do I stop blaming them for my unhappiness.”

Can you relate? Do you live or work in a toxic environment as well? Is everyday a constant struggle for finding true happiness? Is it possible to stop blaming others for your unhappiness? The answer is a simple “yes.” You see the Bible, God’s Word has all the answers. In the very first Psalm, God tells us…

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Psalms 1:1

A lot of people seek true happiness in their lives and never find it. People will spend an entire fortune trying to buy happiness. Some look for happiness by acquiring as many friends as possible. Some think that if that just moves the next rung of the ladder in their business, they will achieve happiness. However, God teaches that happiness is not in what we obtain. True happiness is all about one relationship. It is about our relationship with God.

In this verse, the term “blessed” literally means happiness. The psalmist is saying “Blessed is…” or “Truly happy is…”  In other words, if you truly want to be happy then you will be the man or woman that does what God instructs next. The question then begs of itself what is that God is instructing me to do.

In this verse, God starts by telling us what NOT to do.

First, DO NOT walk according to ungodly counsel. The phrase “walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly” literally means do NOT walk according to wicked or evil advice. You cannot be truly happy if you continue to listen to the advice and counsel of wicked, evil people.

Second, DO NOT stand in the sinner’s way. In a literal sense, we must not stand on the sinner’s road. The idea is that of positioning one’s self in the place where sinful action is taken by sinful people. Just as it is dangerous to stand in the middle of a busy highway, it is also very dangerous for us to stand in the middle of sinful people’s actions. Sinful people always do sinful things. Sin always leads to death. If then you stand there, you are opening yourself to being run over by sin. There is no happiness in sin. It may satisfy for a while, but in the end, it is nothing but death and misery.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:14-15

Third, DO NOT sit in a scorner’s seat. Here the meaning gives us the impression of living in the house or place of one who mocks God. There are many people today who mock at God, at His Word, and His Son, Jesus Christ. They scoff and mock leading others away from the truth of God’s Word. Such people are miserable people. They are always trying to find fault and, thus, have a bad attitude toward the things of God. Their negative attitude spreads like cancer to all those who are near them. And, if you live with them, you will also develop the same negative attitude.

True happiness is obtained by removing from your life sinful influences. Ungodly counsel, sinful people committing sinful actions, and those who scoff or mock the truth of God’s word are snakes in the grass that must be avoided. They will not lead you to happiness. Instead, they will just bring more misery and pain.

As you read this, perhaps God is speaking to your heart. Do you desire true happiness in your life? Are you looking in the wrong direction for that happiness? Do you find yourself having friends who are living in sin and wickedness influencing you away from God? If so, then you need to remove yourself from their company. The best way to start is by making sure that you have a personal relationship with Christ. He is the only person who can bring true happiness in your life. Seek Him first. Call out to Him today. Accept Him as your Savior.

Here at Calvary Baptist Church, we would love to help make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. It is our desire to help you know Christ and make Him known around the world.