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Happiness Is… Teen Devotion

Happiness Is…

One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness – simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain. – George Sand (1804 – 1876)

Are you happy? Are you sure? I’m pretty sure that most people want happiness, yet I’m also convinced that they are trying to gain it through all the wrong ways. It’s almost as if their lives are like a long drive trying to get to a certain destination, but they keep taking mistaken turns and eventually are lost in a myriad of dead end streets.

Do you think that God wants you to be happy? I’ve heard sermons from both sides- and I find it fascinating that those who think God is against happiness are generally pretty sour faced themselves. Conversely those who preach a gospel of giddy glee are usually livin’ la vida loca!

For me, I’d say yes and no. Yes God wants you to be happy, but not at the expense of being holy. Jesus actually gave us step by step instructions for inner joy- and the reason He took time to do that was because He really does care about the state of your personal being. He also delineates on delighting in life because He definitely wants you to watch out for the Devil‘s guidebook to happiness.

So let’s take a look at the blueprint of Jesus (Matthew 5:3-11) and the bull of the Devil (stuff I made up):

  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”
  • Satan: “You’re happy when you get your own way. With more of you there is less of that ridiculous God stuff.”
  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”
  • Satan: “You’re happy when you feel like you got everything you’ve ever wanted. Then you won’t have to be embraced by anyone.”
  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are–no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
  • Satan: “You’ll never be happy unless you are just like the beautiful people on magazines and in movies. That’s the moment you’ll find that everyone is jealous of you.”
  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”
  • Satan: “You’re happy when you get away from the silly Sunday School talk. God is smoke and mirrors and His way is the worst way to live life.”
  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being “careful,’ you find yourselves cared for.”
  • Satan: “You’re happy when you only care about yourself. Those people out there don’t deserve your concern.”
  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when you get your inside world–your mind and heart–put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.”
  • Satan: “You’re happy when you only concern is your outer world- looks, clothes, and toys.”
  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”
  • Satan: “You’re happy when you get on the side of the powerful people in the world. That’s when you make friends whom you can use later on.”
  • Jesus: “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. “Not only that–count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.”
  • Satan: “You’re happy when your beliefs don’t offend anyone. Who are you to push your morality on anyone else? Stay happy by keeping everyone else happy.”

I think you see the difference…happiness is all in the eye of the beholder. Just keep in mind the Eye that beholds you is the only One who can see you through to true contentment.

Questions:

What or whom are you looking to for happiness?

Does Jesus or the Devil make more sense? Why?

Which of Jesus’ ideas are you willing to give a try?

via Happiness Is… Teen Devotion – Dare 2 Share Youth Ministry Resources.

God is my source of everything, the One who gives me not only Happiness but True Joy, that is everlasting :D God Bless you All
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Rejected, But Not Forsaken! « Healing For The Nation

Beloved, are you a participant in the ungodly deed of rejecting people? I will not judge you, but if you are, you are working against the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is open for all men to enter. God does not love any ethnicity more than another. Yet we have ministers who will stand in a pulpit, and preach that the children of Ham are cursed, when nothing could be further from  the truth. I don’t mean any

harm, but these are ignorant, and unlearned men, who don’t understand the bible, or the Grace of God.

Let’s be real today. Black people have been hated by western civilization ever since they came to power. Everything imaginable has been done to these people in the name of God. Let me make this perfectly clear, GOD IS NOT A RACIST! He did not curse Black People. Yet we have people who claim to be Christians who absolutely abhor them. Hatred is not of God. Hatred comes from the force of evil within the hearts of men, and is from the kingdom of darkness.

In the name of supremacy, so much evil has been done to this people. Why? It is not of God, so why do people fool themselves that God is with them in this hatred. They are deceived into thinking that good is evil, and evil is good. Let me make this clear, God is not with you in your hatred of his people. Yes, they are his people.

via Rejected, But Not Forsaken! « Healing For The Nation.

This is a perfect message for all the Lady Gaga Controversies that’s been going around. Sure I’m not a big fan of Lady Gaga but I don’t hate her, I’m what you call indifferent. But nonetheless God doesn’t teach a believer to be just indifferent but He wants working Christians, living and able to do His work.

Lady Gaga really is something of a strange person, but God heals the sick (I’m not saying she’s sick) or otherwise, so let God do the healing, He will use instruments, even people in doing so, and it would not come in the form of hatred, and if you have hatred, you are not of God.

If I were the Devil « Pastor Mike Says

“I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art”

via If I were the Devil « Pastor Mike Says.

This is just a line that struck me when I read Pastor’s post. Somethings been really bothering about Lady Gaga’s “freedom” fight. I’m all for freedom, but I think she’s going a little too overboard with it. In my mind “it’s really just how the fashion industry works, it’s just how pop culture works- it’ll pass.” But on the other hand “history repeats itself”. That’s why we even believe of Christs great comeback and of course because it is written in the Scriptures.

          I don’t expect everyone to crawl under their desks and start reading the bible panicking that God is someone to be greatly feared, God’s proven his Love and Mercy, none can compare to it, it’s fair to say that we humans are 

the one’s who should be greatly fearing each other, feeding each other lies and covering up our motives with “peace”. Well I don’t know, I am nothing without Christ. I just always tell myself that.

 It just is weird, to me, personally I never liked the idea of short-short (to the nth power) skirts, that you couldn’t even barely say it’s clothes, like in my earlier post I said “What happened to all the thread? Are we in some kind of Cloth Crisis?” Being a guy, it makes it very challenging, the devil is smart but God always prevails and I believe that He has purpose in things, I may not be able to convert anyone soon or I’d even get hated for me not being a big fan Lady Gaga. But that’s how I see it, how about you?

“You gotta stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” – Fall for anything by The Script

To God be All the Glory!

Got Challenges? Teen Devotion

Got Challenges?

I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. (II Timothy 4:7)

There is a famous shoe company who’s motto is: Just Do It!

Well maybe that works in the sports arena, but it gets a little tougher when it comes to life. It seems like sometimes the older we get, the more cynical we become towards life. That’s exactly what Satan would want! The devil throws disappointment our way for that very reason. He doesn’t need to turn us into satanists, just get us whiney, weepy, and wimpy. So here is a reminder of a different kind of life motto: “Just Do It Anyway”

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for the underdog anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People really need help, but may attack you if you help them.

Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

(Mother Theresa)

via Got Challenges? Teen Devotion – Dare 2 Share Youth Ministry Resources.

                    I guess I’ll blog about my daily devotions. People let the pride get the best of them, this is a great reminder for us all that life is disappointing, so you don’t have to keep whining about it. Grab your work by the neck, hold tight, if it slips, hold it again. Just do it anyway. God Bless us All 🙂

Questions:

  1. Have you given up on most people?
  2. How has Satan made you bitter in the past?
  3. Is your life more challenging than Mother Theresa?

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