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This series has been all about examining our habits and if they will help us have a happy life
Our happiness is tied to the health of our relationships with others
If you build your purpose around something that can be taken away, then you will always live in fear of losing it
A full life is not being full of one’s self
GENEROUS PEOPLE ARE HAPPY PEOPLE AND HAPPY PEOPLE ARE GENEROUS PEOPLE
NO MATTER WHERE YOU FIND YOURSELF, YOU CAN LEARN TO BE CONTENT
In this last week of this series, I want to give you the most practical tips I know to help you SHAPE A HAPPY LIFE
Philippians 3:3 CSB
For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh —
What is Paul talking about when he says, “and do not put confidence in the flesh”?
John Bunyan explains legalism in his book “The Pilgrim’s Progress” like this…
Like sweeping dust in a closed dry room
The dust is our sin
God’s grace is like water to a dusty room
It washes away the filth
Now maybe you are not familiar with LEGALISM
Maybe you heard it as RELIGION
Christianity is a relationship with God through Jesus and the work of the crossYou cannot be good enough to earn your way into God’s good graces
How do I know we can’t be good enough?
4 If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee; 6 regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless.
7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith.
So what is Paul trying to get us to understand?
That it is ONLY by God’s grace that we are accepted as His son’s and daughter
This a GREAT NEWS
You are constantly measuring because you are constantly feeling measured against yourself
Daily habit #1: REMIND YOURSELF DAILY OF GOD’S GRACE
10 My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.
The challenge of spending time with each member of my family
So what is my Goal?
So what is the challenge?
Priorities – Things that you think should have your attention
Commitments – Things you have promised attention toCommitments are very rarely the RIGHT priorities
Most of us have a decent understanding of what our priorities SHOULD BE
Each week I’ve been asking “Are you happy?”
Paul was a driven guy
10 My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings,
That is the goal of all of us
You can be too busy doing GOOD THINGS
But that’s not the goal
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
That is so hard for us
Habit #2: GET TO KNOW JESUS BETTER EVERY DAY
You can’t be truly happy/full of Joy if either of these two things is not right in your life
Today that can change…
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
What are you pursuing?
Those things will not give you happiness, Only the presence of Jesus in your life will