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Summary: We need to stop looking for happiness in all the wrong places.

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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

TEXT PSALMS 33:12

BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD, THE PEOPLE HE HAS CHOSEN AS HIS OWN INHERITANCE.

INTRO:

WHERE DOES HAPPINESS COME FROM?

WE SEEK HAPPINESS IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. IT’S NOT MONEY CARS MATERIAL THINGS. WE SEEM TO BE CONSTANTLY SEEKING SOMETHING BETTER. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JUST BEING CONTENT WITH WHAT WE HAVE?

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD WILL NOT BUY YOU HAPPINESS.

MONEY CAN BUY YOU A HOUSE BUT NOT A HOME.

MONEY CAN BUY YOU MEDICINE BUT NOT HEALTH.

MONEY CAN BUY YOU AMUSEMENT BUT NOT HAPPINESS.

MARK 8:36

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

THAT IS WHY MARRIAGES DON’T STAY TOGETHER ANYMORE, PEOPLE THINK THE GRASS IS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE. THEY ARE NOT HAPPY IN THEIR MARRIAGE, OR “THINK” THEY ARE’NT HAPPY AND GO ELSEWHERE LOOKING FOR THAT HAPPINESS. THIS TIGER WOODS SCANDAL IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THAT. HE HAS ALL THE MONEY HE NEEDS AND LOOKED LIKE HE HAD THE PERFECT FAMILY. THERE WAS STILL SOMETHING MISSING IN HIS LIFE.

WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF SEARCHING FOR WHAT IS MISSING, IT ISN’T 1. MONEY 2. ANOTHER SPOUSE 3. MATERIAL THINGS. IT’S GOD IN YOUR LIFE THAT IS MISSING.

TRUE HAPPINESS ISN’T FOUND IN THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD, IT IS FOUND IN A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

TRUE HAPPINESS COMES FROM TRUST IN THE LORD

PROVERBS 16:20

HE WHO HEEDS THE WORD WISELY WILL FIND GOOD, AND WHOSOEVER TRUSTS IN THE LORD HAPPY IS HE.

HAPPINESS ALSO COME FROM DISCIPLINE.

JOB 5:17

BEHOLD HAPPY IS THE MAN THAT GOD CORRECTS; THEREFORE DO NOT DESPISE THE CHASTENING OF THE ALMIGHTY.

THERE IS HAPPINESS IN WISDOM

PROVERBS 3:13

HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO FINDS WISDOM, AND THE MAN WHO GAINS UNDERSTANDING.

THERE IS HAPPINESS WHEN YOUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD

PSALMS 146:5

HAPPY IS HE WHO HAS THE GOD OF JACOB FOR HIS HELP, WHOSE HOPE IS IN THE LORD HIS GOD.

THERE IS HAPPINESS WHEN YOU TRUST IN THE LORD.

PROVERBS 16:20

HE WHO HEEDS THE WORD WISELY WILL FIND GOOD, AND WHOSOEVER TRUSTS IN THE LORD HAPPY IS HE.

CONCLUSION:

WE FIND THAT TRUE HAPPINESS IS NOT FOUND IN THE SHALLOW THINGS OF THIS WORLD. TRUE HAPPINESS COMES FROM A TRUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, HIS WORD AND HIS COMMANDMENTS.

So we discover that real and lasting happiness comes from the study of and obedience to the Bible. Did you know that? Do you have a Bible? When is the last time you opened it up and saw what God has to say to you through it?


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