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|Posted on 18 August, 2011 at 10:42|
Acts 26:2, I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews…
When the Apostle Paul was standing in judgment before King Agrippa, even though he was possibly facing death, the Apostle made this amazing statement that is something for us to consider, today. He said, “I think myself happy.” He went on to explain that he was happy to be able to defend his life by telling his testimony. In so doing, King Agrippa told the Apostle Paul that he almost persuaded him in becoming a Christian. Even though King Agrippa didn’t immediately convert and became a Christian, a seed has been planted and as a result, the King found no wrong doing of Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul was bought to stand in judgment simple because he was preaching to the Jews on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What is happiness? The root word of happiness is happy.
The word “happy” is derived from the Latin word, hap. Hap means hap-hazard. It refers to circumstances that are happy. I am happy today because it is Christmas. I am happy today because it is my birthday and I receive presents. I am happy today because I have enough food on the table for me, and someone else made it and prepared it. I am happy today because I got to sleep in. I am happy because of happy circumstances that have made me happy. Happy talks about things you do and is contingent upon something happening and/or making something happen.
Please Note: “While happiness is something we make happen, the biblical concept of JOY is quite the opposite. It comes from the Greek word, makarious. You can be joyful and unhappy at the same time. You can be joyful even in the midst of unhappy circumstances. Joy has to do with the Spirit of God living inside of you. It has to do with that smile of God living in your heart. Joy is the assurance that God is with you and in you in all circumstances. It is knowing that in all circumstances of life, good and bad, that God will never leave you nor forsake and will take care of you. It is in knowing that God has a plan, a purpose, and a future for you, even when the circumstances are unhappy.” The Holy Spirit of God even makes intercessions on your behalf. Overall, you can be joyful during unhappy circumstances. (Nobody and I do mean absolutely nobody is happy all of the time. In the book of Eccl. 3, it declares “there is a time for everything; a time to weep and a time to laugh.” While there is a time for everything… to be happy is a choice, to have joy is a decision derived from assurance in God even in unpleasant circumstances.
Proverbs 23:7, For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
In this world, we cannot depend on people to cheer us up when we we’re down, or make us happy when we’re sad. God has blessed me with some very loving, and caring family and friends in my life and I am so blessed and grateful to have them as a part of my life. I’m sure you do to. But, we cannot always depend on people to make us feel good when we’re down.
I know for me, there have been some days when I was down and nobody around to help pick me up, or I could be in a mood of not wanting to be around anyone. I’m sure you may have experienced some of these days, and if not, just live a little longer and you’ll know what I mean. It is in these times, I’ve learned to depend on the strength of God to help me grab myself up by my boot straps… and think myself happy! That’s right; you can actually think yourself happy!
The bible tells us how in Philippians 4:8 – Finally, breathen, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Our attitudes are an outward expression of our heart. What are we putting in our hearts? Have you ever been able to think on a person or something that you love and change your feelings? I sure have. Happiness is often a choice.
What helps me in times of difficulties, and has proved to be the KEY FACTOR of my happiness… is to make myself (choose) not to think or talk so much on the problem(s) itself, but the solution(s) to the problem(s). Sure, I have my moments of pity parties, but guess what, those kinds of parties are less frequent these days and the pity party closing hour are earlier. My solution(s) derives from spending time with God through prayer, studying His Word, and seeking wise counsel; along with God’s strength, I make myself (choose) to walk it out by faith and trust in God. No, it’s not at all easy, but with God truly, without any doubt, “all things are truly possible.”
The mind is an amazing creation of God. We can actually think our way into healing. Now, if you’re on any prescribed medication, than by no means am I indicating to stop taking your med. and think positive more. But, what I am saying is that our attitudes, what we meditate on, can speed up or slow down our healing and deliverance.; even our environment is a great factor in our healing and deliverance. It is also a scientific fact that patients with a positive attitude recover faster. Moreover, God said it is so.
Proverbs 17:22, A merry hearth doeth good like medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
A cheerful attitude and a negative attitude can be very contagious. Case and point: Have you ever been around someone who was very cheerful when you were down, and all of a sudden you start to feel that burden being lift off of you? Or, see someone laughing so hard and all of the sudden you start laughing and don’t know why? Or , have you ever been out walking and smiled at a stranger while just simply saying “Hi” and they return the greeting with a smile or vice versa? I sure have. The same effect can happen around negative people. When a person(s) in your presents constant speak of negativity, and all of the sudden you start feeling extremely irritated or maybe even become negative yourself?
"Happiness breeds happiness and negativity breeds negativity."
Laughter is an expression of the heart’s happiness, good clean laughter helps bring about an inner-healing, as well as, faith and trust in the Lord. Sometimes I could be faced with some very difficult circumstances and I will feel inner-peace and joy that I know it’s not my own, but comes directly from God, because this kind of peace and joy surpasses all understanding.
God commands us to let this mind of Christ be in us. You see, His ways are above our ways. He wants us to begin to think His thoughts and only then will we align with His will, timing and plans; only then, we will see His creative changes in our lives.
If today you’re feeling down trodden, a little blue, depressed, and/or anxious and haven’t smiled all week, try this, think on a person(s) “JESUS” or something that you love and change your feelings? Happiness is truly often a choice; but the Joy (assurance) of the Lord is our strength!!!
Weeping may endure for a night; but joy comes in the morning!
Try not to take life so seriously all the time that you forget to laugh. SMILE… we all really do look and feel so much better when we SMILE!
Click on the following link and get your laugh on!!!
Charlie Brown Praise Break:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yDWeyVEyKEI
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