Subject: Morality vs. Immorality 7.18.04 a.m. The Secret Of A Happy Life M at th ew 6:33 Introduction 1. Many books and magazine articles claim to reveal many secrets (i.e. the secret to longer life, better health, weight loss, etc.). 2. Many secrets are deliberately kept from the knowledge of others. But, other secrets are just not widely known. (See definition of “secret”) a. Elisha revealed the military secrets of the king of Syria to the king of Israel (2 Kings 6:8-12). b. The secret of happiness, however, is not intended to be withheld from anyone. Unfortunately it is not widely known. I. First, consider the Pursuit. A. Jesus says, “Seek.” 1. This word means to “be (go) about, desire, endeavour, enquire (for), require” (Strong’s). This same word is used in Colossians 3:1. 2. “Good things come to those who wait,” is not always good advice. Happiness and success rarely come to those who sit back. B. Too many are believing a plan of salvation that says: hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized, and wait for the Lord to come. 1. Consider how many times the Bible instructs the godly man or woman to put forth great effort (Psalm 63:1 | Matthew 5:6 | 2 Peter 1:5ff). 2. 2 Timothy 2:15 stresses the need to give diligence. II. Second, consider the Priority. A. Jesus says, “Seek first.” 1. It is one thing to seek; it is another to seek first! 2. Many are causal seekers of Christ. They manage to seek a little Christianity with their many other pursuits. How many times have you misplaced something of little importance? How does the way you search for that item compare to the way you seek the kingdom of heaven? B. Establishing our priorities may be one of our hardest struggles. Identify your values. Avoid distractions. Write clear behavioral Deal effectively with expectations. information overload. Identify measurable outcomes. Invest in good relationships. Examine your daily life. Limit pointless rumination. Learn to say, “No”. Strive for excellence. Make lists. Embrace technology carefully. Discipline yourself. Blend work and hobbies. Seek progress instead of Refuse to be held hostage by perfection. others’ expectations. Become more efficient. Work on your attitude. Delegate appropriately. Kendall L. Stewart, M.D. March 25, 2004 (PowerPoint Presentation) www.somc.org/NRSOMCPress/ Personal%20Priorities%20PMS%20(Plain).ppt – 1. We often but first things last and last things first. 2. “We hang first place ribbons on second place projects,” one said. III. Third, consider the Prize. A. The prize one wins is the kingdom of God and His righteousness. 1. The church exists as God’s kingdom on earth (Matthew 16:18, 19). 2. This kingdom will be delivered (1 Corinthians 15:24) in contrast to the world which will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:9-11). a. One should not love the world because of what the world is (1 John 2:15). b. One should not love the world because of what loving the world does (1 John 2:16). c. One should not love the world because of what will happen to the world (1 John 2:17). B. Consider what he devil can give you. 1. He can make you feel good (for now—James 1:14). 2. He can make you fit in (for now—Romans 12:1, 2 & 2 Corinthianns 6:17). 3. He can offer you the world (for now—2 Corinthians 4:4 & Matthew 4:8, 9). IV. Fourth, consider the Promise. A. Jesus says, “All these things will be added unto you.” 1. Consider Psalm 37:25. 2. A similar promise was made to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-14). B. The very blunt note of old Mr. Trapp, on this passage, is worthy of serious attention. All things shall be added. “They shall be cast in as an overplus, or as small advantages to the main bargain; as paper and pack-thread are given where we buy spice and fruit, or an inch of measure to an ell of cloth.” This was a very common saying among the Jews: “Seek that, to which other things are necessarily connected.” Conclusion 1. Happiness is sought by most but attained by a few. 2. The Christian’s life is one of true, meaningful joy and happiness. 3. What will you do with Jesus?
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