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FIVE REASONS TO BE A HAPPY CHRISTIAN (PART 2)

“May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and thankful” (Psalm 68:3).

Last week, I shared with you three wonderful reasons why you should be a happy Christian. If you recall, they are:  We have been justified, and that we have peace, and access. Those alone are enough to make us extremely happy, but just in case you’re one of those hard-to-be-happy people, I’ll share two more reasons with you.

  1. We have grace. “We have access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:2a). Grace is wonderful! It is the unmerited favor of God. That means you didn’t do anything to earn it. He saved you because he loves you and he loves you because it is in his nature to love everyone (John 3:16).
  2. We have joy. “We rejoice in the hope of a glorious God” (Romans 5:2b). We rejoice in the gift of God which we have received. We rejoice that we can now live a Godly life. We even can rejoice in suffering (Romans 5:3-5). People can be happy with little and miserable with much. One of the secrets of finding happiness and contentment is to think about all the things you have, not the things you don’t. Learn to be like Paul who said, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). If you are a Christian, smile. You’ve got a lot to be happy about.

Robert Wilkerson is a minister, Christian writer, and co-founder of People for the Christian Way. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net   www.PeoplefortheChristianway.com

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FIVE REASONS TO BE A HAPPY CHRISTIAN (PART 1)

“May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and thankful” (Psalm 68:3).

 “This looks like a group of talent scouts for a cemetery,” he said, looking at the faces of the Sunday morning crowd. He was a comedian and he was trying to be funny. But in many instances, he was telling the truth, wasn’t he?

I don’t know the reasons people have long faces on Sunday mornings, but I know five reasons all Christians should be happy.

  1. We have been justified. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).
  2. We have peace. Jesus said to his followers, as he thought about having to leave them, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 15:27).
  3. We have access. “. . . we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through who we have access by faith into his grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:2).

Access means door. If you’re not happy in Jesus, go through the door, and tell him all about it. He hears and answers prayers.

(To be continued in Part 2)

 

Robert Wilkerson is a minister, Christian writer, and co-founder of People for the Christian Way. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net   www.PeoplefortheChristianway.com

The Book That Kicks

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword . . .” (Hebrews 4:12).
 
“You take. No want,” said the native as he appeared on the edge of the jungle, and gave back the Bible the missionary had given him the week before. The missionary asked him what was wrong. “Me no like book; it kicks me,” he said.
 
Do you know what he meant when he said the Bible kicked him? Has the Bible ever kicked you? What, if anything, did you do about it? Being kicked doesn’t sound good, but when it is by the Bible it is, and it is good for you. When you get kicked, it is by the Holy Spirit working in and through the Bible. God is trying to draw you closer to himself that he might bless and use you in a greater way. But first, there are wrong attitudes and actions that you must part with. He kicks you simply to get your attention because you haven’t seen them before or, if you have, you haven’t rid yourself of them.
 
What should you do if the Bible kicks you? It’s OK to say, “Oh me, I’m, guilty of that. Forgive me, Lord, and help me from this moment to never say, think, or do that again.” Then, thank him for opening your eyes, and pray if there are other areas of your life where you might need it, that he will kick you again.