What Makes You Happy - Part 2

God doesn't want you to be happy, He wants you to be holy.

If you're happy and you know it, repent.

Blessed = Fortunate or happy

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,  and he began to teach them.  Matthew 5:1-2 NIV

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:3 NIV

Poor in spirit = people who embrace their daily dependence on God regardless of what they have.

The moment you put your trust in riches instead of Him who richly provides, you're unhappy.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NIV

Fear of dying will rob you of the joy of living.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Matthew 5:5 NIV

Meekness = a proper estimation of ones' self worth within the broader context of God's love.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 NIV

Happy = no guilt, no regret, and a clear conscience.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 NIV

Happy are the relationally generous. 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 NIV

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 NIV

Happy are the reconcilers.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:10 NIV

What's the common denominator?

Happiness is an outcome.
Happiness is not immediately accessible.
You sow and you reap your way to happiness.

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.   Matthew 7:24 NLT

But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.  Matthew 7:26 NLT

What makes you happy?   Sowing