Everything Is Awesome – Jeremiah 6:13-14

LegoMoviePicture“For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for gain. And from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely. They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:13-14, NASB).

The LEGO Movie is an animated adventure comedy film based on the Lego line of construction toys. The story line is comical yet unnerving because it presents a seemingly plausible explanation for the state of the world in which we live. The Lego characters live in a world that is both utopian and dystopian. They live lives that are cheerily clueless.

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The Secret of Happiness – Philippians 4:11-14

Happy-and-Sad-Faces“I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content–whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance, or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-14, HCSB).

In response to their faithful financial support of his ministry, the Apostle Paul expressed his appreciation to the Philippians by making the well-known and oft-quoted declaration that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.

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How To Be Happy and Secure – Matthew 6:33

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”  (Matthew 6:33, NLT).

Having security and achieving happiness are important priorities for most of us.

People often think that by accumulating material possessions they can make their life secure and happy.

In Matthew 6:19-34, a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us the appropriate way to find happiness and security in life.

Jesus said that you find happiness by investing your life in what God is doing: “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal” (vs. 20).

Jesus said you find security by trusting God to care and provide for your needs: “And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you” (vs. 30).

Jesus declares that since God is the ultimate source of life, He is the ultimate provider of all our needs as well. So, all our human energy and action should be directed toward knowing Him and becoming like Him.

We should understand that the life we are now living will last forever.
     We should trust Him with our needs in this present life so we will know how to trust Him for eternal life.

When we cooperate with God by investing our lives in what He is doing in His creation, then we will be happy and secure in this world and be prepared for the world to come!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 
Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. 
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.”
(Proverbs 3:5-10, NLT)

Two Secrets for a Happy Life – Philippians 4:6,12-13

happinessIn the book of Philippians the Apostle Paul shares several secrets for a happy and fulfilling Christian life. Two such secrets for happiness are found in Chapter 4.

The first secret for a happy life is to overcome worry: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (vs. 6). The way to stop worrying is to start praying. Instead of worrying about it, pray about it.

And if you pray about everything, then there’s not anything left to worry about! Worry can’t reside where prayer abides!

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