MESSAGE FROM PASTOR DAVIS
Are You Happy?
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned,
in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Phil 4:11
Paul says, you ought to think yourself happy. We should also do it above happy stances. In this season of Christmas, you should ask yourself a personal question. “Are you happy?” I hope so, despite not having the finances in your life as in days gone by, family and friends that you really cared for in the past, children that are not appreciative, feelings of loneliness, and perhaps maybe domestic abuse on the rise.
I’m praying for the people of God and for those who do not practice salvation. The people that do not know the Lord quite often display tendencies to be very dangerous people. As you pray during this holiday season, be watchful as well of the angry thieves who are out there to attempt to steal your joy. Bitter people are out there to infect you with bitterness. Depression and oppression is leading to jealousy and suicide and revenge can potentially take root. Unforgiveness is real and will cause you to question yourself as to why I’m so unhappy with so much misplaced anger. The list is endless. Despite it all, we should be happy and surround ourselves with positive people. For many of us, we have to learn happiness within ourselves. Listen, happiness, joy, and contentment are learned behaviors. So often, what people are looking for is a feeling of happiness, a feeling of joy, or a feeling of contentment.
Think about this for a moment. Paul was in prison when he first wrote this, yet he chose to be content. He based his contentment on what he knew and the promises of God. God never saw the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread. Paul learned to be content with or without food, clothing, a home or even friends. He relied on being happy with what he had learned, realizing that things could be worse. Stay happy saints and Christians. Don’t allow your hearts to become sick and weary. The Bible says, He will give you peace that passes even your understanding and in the process of it, he will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Instead of waiting for deliverance from prison, Paul was yet happy and content and even rejoiced. Why? Because he made the best of everything, knowing he could not lose with God in his life and soon deliverance.
When I first got saved, oh my God! I had to learn how to be happy in whatever state I found myself in. As a pastor, I see the growth of how to be happy, have joy and strength in the midst of it all. It’s a burden on my heart when I see so many unhappy people. Guess where they are? In the church. I interact with people I counsel in ministry. I just wish I could do more. My word to the saints and to the unbelievers is to get your hope back. Hope is still a real word; seemingly, non existent. Hope means expectations. When a woman is pregnant, she is expecting. We too should be happy until things are delivered because deliverance is coming. I suggest that you all stop waiting for your desires to come to pass before you become happy. Embrace happiness today! Please be content because your happiness is just one, or two, or three promises away. See yourself as God's sees you, in spite of your present circumstance. As you see it, praise God in advance. Why? Because I believe in the almighty God. He said, seek you first the kingdom and his righteousness and all these other things shall be added unto you.
Are you happy now just knowing the word of God?
God bless you. See you next week.
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Come And Worship The Lord With Me
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments. Psalm 133:1-2
Can I encourage all readers to worship the God of our salvation who created us; instead of the creations of our own hands? I really believe if we unify ourselves in worshipping the Lord, it will become more important than the money in our bank accounts, the clothes on our backs, the possessions we have, and the delicious foods we eat. One writer wrote, “I regard the Word of God more than my necessary food.”
During this season on Thanksgiving, let’s not just thank and worship God for what you can see, but for the invisible assets you possess—salvation, forgiveness of sins, mercies, which are new every morning, the joy of the holy ghost, and the assurance of salvation through our life and ultimately into eternity. These are things which we can never lose or never get lost. There are things that should never replace God. Let’s do our highest priority, worshipping the true and living God and He will make sure the “things” of life will be added to us.
During this Thanksgiving season, let’s not spend so many hours devoted to watching television. Let’s not worship our favorite foods, the football season, or our out of town family and friends. Let’s endure Psalm 133 and go to church and do as David says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” Where there‘s unity and worship, there’s unity and power in having spiritual strength That’s what I need, more spiritual strength.
Greater Mt. Sinai, please notice our order of services. All readers, will you please join us? Have a blessed holiday and remember He’s worthy of thanks every day of the year.
God Bless you and see you next week!
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