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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)

TITLE: Happy Dance
By Kathy Bruins


“If you’re happy and you know it...”, well, you know the rest of the song. The message is that we are to show it. Being happy can be a difficult goal for many. Many can pretend that they are happy, when actually their heart is crushed inside. It is much easier to be unhappy. It is a choice to be happy, sometimes a difficult choice, especially when depression is involved. Throughout the scripture, God tells of how we can be truly happy and show it honestly. It may take a little work on our part, but experiencing happiness and expressing it can be done. A transformation of our thought process needs to happen just as Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This does not happen quickly in most circumstances, but victory can be achieved by committing to practicing the steps of transformation that will be laid out here. This does not mean that those who suffer from depression can dispose of needed medication. Hopefully, at some point, that will be the case, but God also works through medications.

Merriam Webster defines happy as “enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment; joyous.” Our attempts to enjoy, or feel content, range from simple activities to acquiring massive material items or monies. There is a hole in our heart that needs filling to be happy, and in our strength, we reach for what we can see that we believe will fill that hole. It may make us happy temporarily, but sooner or later, leaks form in the patch we used to cover the hole in our heart.

Solomon was a man who knew all about getting anything his heart desired in the world to make him happy. He found it all meaningless. Read Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” So it is God that gives the gift of satisfaction…or contentment. Reading further in verse 14, “I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.” It is not a temporary patch…it is a forever fix. God can permanently fill the hole in our heart that causes us to be unhappy with Himself. His Spirit is alive in us for we are His temples. The Spirit is not dormant, but alive and relating to us in a very close and personal manner. Psalm 68:5-6 reads, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing;” God takes care of His people. In 2 Thessalonians 5:16, it says that it is God’s will for us to be joyful always. This doesn’t mean that when life gets hard, we don’t hurt. It means that when life gets hard, we know Who we can go to for help, and we can trust Him.

How do we experience this joy and honestly be happy? The psalmist writes in Psalm 68-3-4, “But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds – his name is the Lord – and rejoice before him.” These verses demonstrate that as we praise and worship God, we will be glad. God’s Spirit that lives within us joins us as we praise God and lifts our spirit to another level that we are unable to reach in our own human strength. God inhabits the praises of His people.

Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus speaks about being happy (blessed) in the Lord, no matter what life has challenged you with. God has our every need in mind. The choice for us is to turn to God or turn to the world for happiness. Who do you trust? Who will you follow? If you choose the world to follow, disappointment will surely befall you. If you trust in God, Who is faithful in all things, you will be blessed (happy) and will sing songs of praise.

Happiness is contagious. As the Lord blesses you, you will be clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and saying “Amen!” in response. Your face will surely show it.

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Angela M. Baker-Bridge07/19/07
You managed to get an entire sermon into 750 words! You could teach lots of pastors how to whittle down their sermons :) Very inspirational. Thanks, Angel
Catrina Bradley 07/22/07
Very convicting article! I love this: ...sooner or later, leaks form in the patch we used to cover the hole in our heart. and: It is not a temporary patch…it is a forever fix. . The two metaphors were great - the forever patch on the hole in our hearts, and filling the hole in our hearts, but I thought they could have been tied together better, or one segueing into the other. To me, you seemed to go back and forth.

You've written a very intelligent, inspirational article, and even quoted a verse I was searching for just tonight! Thank you for the blessing. :)