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"..... happy is that people, whose God is the Lord." Psa 144:15

The Bible defines true happiness as being rightly related to God.

Unfortunately, that is not the way most people define happiness.

If you had to write down your own personal definition of true happiness, how would you define it?

Some imagine true happiness is to be free from sorrow and discomfort.

Some think it consists in having a good job and having all your bills paid.

Others would define it as having a good time or doing those things which bring joy and personal satisfaction.

There is only one problem with these definitions.

There are many people who experience these things and yet do not experience true happiness.

In fact many such people are actually very miserable.

True happiness actually consists in having our deepest needs met.

What are our deepest needs.

They are not physical or material as some might imagine, they are spiritual.

Those things which are physical and material are temporal.

Those things which are spiritual are eternal.

Man consists of a body and a soul.

Meeting the needs of the soul is far more important than meeting our temporal needs.

Unless and until the needs of the soul are met, meeting one’s temporal needs will never bring true satisfaction.

Achievement and success do not bring happiness.

Many successful people are not happy.

Material possessions do not in and of themselves make people happy.

Many rich people spend all their time, energy and money seeking to be happy.

A life of retirement and ease does not necessarily bring happiness.

Often such people wish they had something to do in all their spare time.

Those who are pleasure seekers are like children who soon grow weary of new toys.

If we take God’s word seriously then we must understand that true happiness consists in being rightly related to the true and living God.

The only way to be rightly related to God is through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

"...I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." John 14:6

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.." I Timothy 2: 5. Those who are rightly related to God through Jesus Christ can look back over their past life without the sense of the guilt of sin.

They can look to the future without any sense of anxiety.

No matter what they are presently experiencing, they have a deep inner peace that with God all is well.

"..... happy is that people, whose God is the Lord." Psa 144:15.

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