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How To Be Happy 4

Satan would like to convince us that he will provide for us the way to happiness. But he is a liar. He would have us to believe that happiness comes when we have our own way and do our thing. He would have us believe that God is not the source of happiness. Each of these passages is worth an in-depth study. Taken together they have certainly been a blessing to me.

Deuteronomy 33:29: Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

1 Kings 10:8: Happy are thy men, (King Solomon) happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

Job 5:17: Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Psalms 127:3-5: Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Psalms 128:2: For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Psalms 144:15: Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Psalms 146:5: Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Proverbs 3:13 . . . 18: Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. . . . 18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 14:21: He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Proverbs 28:14: Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

John 13:14-17: If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another*s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Romans 14:22: Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

This article is not intended to suggest that believers in the Lord Jesus won*t have problems. From the perspective of my flesh I have far bigger problems now than I had before I received Jesus. They would have crushed me before. I could not have handled them. They would have driven me away from the Lord. Now they drive me to Him. Without Jesus my heart was like a crushable marshmallow. Now the Rock of Ages dwells there.

Psalms 55:22: Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

James 5:11: Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

1 Peter 3:14: But and if ye suffer for righteousness* sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

1 Peter 4:14: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Proverbs 16:20: He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

Wisdom is man*s true strength; and, under its guidance, he best accomplishes the ends of his being. Wisely handling the matter of life gives to man the richest enjoyment, and presents the noblest occupation for his powers; hence by it he finds good in the fullest sense. Without wisdom, man is as the wild ass*s colt, running hither and thither, wasting strength which might be profitably employed. Wisdom is the compass by which man is to steer across the trackless waste of life; without it he is a derelict vessel, the sport of winds and waves. A man must be prudent in such a world as this, or he will find no good, but be betrayed into unnumbered ills. The pilgrim will sorely wound his feet among the briers of the wood of life if he do not pick his steps with the utmost caution. He who is in a wilderness infested with robber bands must handle matters wisely if he would journey safely. If, trained by the Great Teacher, we follow where He leads, we shall find good, even while in this dark abode; there are celestial fruits to be gathered this side of Eden*s bowers, and songs of paradise to be sung amid the groves of earth. But where shall this wisdom be found? Many have dreamed of it, but have not possessed it. Where shall we learn it? Let us listen to the voice of the Lord, for He hath declared the secret; He hath revealed to the sons of men wherein true wisdom lieth, and we have it in the text, *Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.* The true way to handle a matter wisely is to trust in the Lord. This is the sure clue to the most intricate labyrinths of life, follow it and find eternal bliss. He who trusts in the Lord has a diploma for wisdom granted by inspiration: happy is he now, and happier shall he be above. Lord, in this sweet eventide walk with me in the garden, and teach me the wisdom of faith.

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