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Summary: A sermon for Seekers and believers to find the secret of happiness in 1) seeking (God, not happiness) 2) Running (the race, not casually walking) 3)throwing off (anything that hinders)

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¡§Walking back to happiness¡¨ WBC 18/5/03am 1 Cor 9:24-27

Baptism of Lou Beamish, Walk Wessex present

(after ¡§remember your chains¡¨)

Classified AD From ¡§The Hayward¡¨, Calif. Review:

"Found, false teeth, in parking lot at Daily Review. Please come in and smile at the switchboard operator, and she will return them to you."

Topic chose, really, because of Walk Wessex.

I want to share with you, this morning, the

secret of happiness

Seek

We have SO much¡K but people have never said they¡¦re so unhappy!

- more luxuries, food, holidays, wealth

And there¡¦s SO much on offer that we are told can make us happy as well

- the perfect holiday, with a smiling sun tanned family

- the fragrance that is going to make us irresistible, and instantly give us the perfect sex life

- the ¡¥Yes¡¦ to the new car loan. It CAN be ours- and so can happiness

So- why does this happiness evade us?

Because ¡¥happiness and fulfilment¡¦ can¡¦t be found by seeking.

- they are like- sleep that evades you the more you want it

o the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

- these promises are good at getting your money, but not GIVING you what you really seek

And we are not designed that way. We are not designed to find happiness in all we WANT. We¡¦ve been designed in a higher way, with a higher purpose in mind.

What you find is- it¡¦s those who don¡¦t seek happiness who get it!

- "Without exception, I have found that every person who was sincerely happy, radiantly alive, was living for a purpose or a cause beyond himself." Abraham Maslow

Illustr: I¡¦m reading a book at the moment about a man called ¡¥brother Yu¡¦ (actually his name is Yu ******, but I can¡¦t pronounce it).

- Remarkable book! Imprisoned, tortured, beaten, legs broken

- Yet indefatigable! Is found singing hymns! Others join in!

o It¡¦s like HE is chained

- but he ISN¡¦T! He¡¦s chained, but he¡¦s free!

Heard of Richard Wurmbrand?

- Pastor in Romania before chalcheque ousted

- Imprisoned for many year

- ¡§imprisoned & often tortured for his faith ¡§Alone in my cell, cold, hungry and in rags, I danced for joy every night... sometimes I was so filled with joy that I felt I would burst if I did not give it expression¡¨

What is with these people?

- lunatics?

They are not seeking happiness.

- They are seeking something¡K someone greater than themselves. Something¡K someone they were designed for

- so, though outwardly, they have nothing to be happy about

- inside they have real happiness

- their chains have fallen off

- and they are forever grateful that it has happened

- (us. Have we forgotten what it was like?)

You see- Jesus said

- it is only in giving that you get

- if you seek just to save your life, you¡¦ll lose it

- seek FIRST the kingdom of God, and being right with Him, and everything else will be added to you as well

This is topsy-turvy to ALL the world tells us

- but it¡¦s the way of finding TRUE happiness

Jesus said

- I have come that you may have life, in all it¡¦s fullness

- If the SON sets you free¡K then you will be really free

- You must DIE to self and LIVE for me


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