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Summary: To be happy, we must be empty.

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THAT EMPTY FEELING

Matthew 5:3-5

S: Holiness

C: Empty before God

Th: Live the Difference

Pr: TO BE HAPPY, WE MUST BE EMPTY.

?: Inductive

KW: Realities

TS: There are realities we must face and endure.

The _____ reality we must face and endure is being…

I. PUNY (3)

II. PAINED (4)

III. PLIABLE (5)

PA: How is the change to be observed?

Version: ESV

RMBC 24 October 04 AM

INTRODUCTION:

There have been some things, when it comes to just living life, that I have been wondering about.

Like…

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Well, at times, life can be confusing.

So…

How are you doing when it comes to life?

TRANSITION:

How we live our lives has been our theme for 2004.

For…

1. Our challenge for the year has been to “live the difference.”

We are to live lives that demonstrate our possession of the Holy Spirit.

As Christians, we are temples, the very residence in which God the Holy Spirit resides.

This means, then, that our lives should be characterized by holiness.

We are to live godly lives that are reflected in the communities in which we live, both inside and outside the church.

People, though, are sometimes mistaken about how a “holy” person is to act.

You see…

2. We are mistaken if we think a pious person is meant to be unhappy.

We somehow have gotten the idea that if you are a truly spiritual person, you are always very serious.

You never crack a smile.

You never tell a joke.

You never are able to laugh.

And so we have come to think that being religious means that you are miserable all the time.

But the fact is…

3. We are on a journey where holiness and joy are meant to be companions.

When we live the point and the processes of salvation and sanctification, happiness and joy are meant to be constant friends along the way.

As we begin our three-part study on what are known as the Beatitudes, we find that Jesus desires us to know His blessing.

The word that is translated “blessed” means “happy.”

It is not God’s desire that we find misery and unhappiness to be our continual companions through life.

No, He wants us to know the bliss of His friendship as we travel along the way.

This state of blessing is not something that is only for the future.

It is for the here and now.

But, let the truth be known that…

4. God’s path to joy features unexpected turns and twists.

The path God takes us on is not the way we would choose to go.

We must understand this.

While we look to do things our way, God consistently has us going the opposite direction.

It seems that His priorities for the world and ourselves is much different than what we think.

While we look for the easy way, God takes us on a path that is harder, full of surprises and the unexpected.

This means that…

5. There are realities we must face and endure.

As believers in the Lord Jesus, we live the opposite of the world’s priorities.


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