by Pastor Phil
What would make you "be happy"?
- Maybe you should move to Switzerland or Iceland. A global study says they are the happiest countries on earth.
- Or maybe become a pastor. Surveys say that’s the happiest occupation followed by acting, architect, and firefighter
- Attending church is a good start, 43% who attend weekly say they’re very happy compared to 26% of those who never attend church
- And did you know those who serve/volunteer two hours a week are happier than those who don’t?
Happiness is elusive. We all want it, but we have a hard time gaining it and even harder time keeping it. Maybe we are looking in the wrong places. Jesus said,
“Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).
The poor are people who are broke, empty-handed, who have nothing and can offer nothing. To be poor in Spirit means you recognize you are spiritually bankrupt, it means you recognize your complete and utter need for God. You realize money didn’t buy you joy and having power or control didn’t give you happiness or peace.
If you want to experience a:
- JOY that can’t be STOLEN,
- PEACE that can’t be SHAKEN,
- FULFILLMENT that isn’t MOMENTARY.
You need to be filled with God. Nothing else will do.
So, you finally accept the truth. You realize that
“I have to have God or I’m doomed.
Nothing else matters, nothing else works.”
But you also realize that you are empty-handed, you have nothing to offer God to earn His favor but your life.
That’s being POOR in Spirit!
It’s saying, “I’ve got to have God.
I’m at the end of my rope.”
But when you’re at the end of your rope,
at the beginning of God’s hope!
And Jesus says, “I’ve got great news.
When you’re poor in Spirit, you will be blessed because the Kingdom of Heaven is yours!”
In other words, when you’re desperate for God, you get God. In fact, you only get God when you are desperate for God.
When we give up and let God be in charge, He starts to fill us so we can have the life we’re created for.
What are you desperate for?
Happiness? Companionship? To get out of the house? Lunch?
Are you desperate for God? Will you hold nothing back? Are you ready to say, “God I need you! Everything I have is yours. I will not keep you out of any part of my life. I will give up anything and everything you need me to give up, so that I can live the life you’ve been waiting to give me.”
Blessed are those who are desperate for God, for they get God!
This is the first commitment to experiencing life by Jesus and building happiness.
Blessed are those who make that choice.
Have you tried the Beatitudes Bible study we offer every Monday as we do our message series on the Sermon on the Mount? You can find the first two studies by