HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

Philippians 1:18 The important thing is that in every way, whether for right or wrong reasons, the message of Christ is being shared. So I am happy and will continue to be happy.

“When something happens, then I will be happy.”  This is the thinking of the world when it comes to happiness.   But it’s not true, and it will set you up for a roller-coaster ride in life!

The truth is if you live by “When & Then” thinking, negative things like pain, pressure and problems and even negative people, become a barrier to happiness. 

The Apostle Paul experienced many problems in his life, he had every reason to be unhappy, yet his writings reveal he was filled with joy, not because of his circumstances, but because he chose to be happy.

Paul says:“The important thing is that in every way, whether for right or wrong reasons, the message of Christ is being shared. So I am happy and will continue to be happy.”

Paul says “…I will continue to be happy”.

Your will is incredibly powerful in your life – it sits in the realm of your mind and your freedom to choose.   Animals do not possess this freedom of choice, only humans, created in the likeness of God.  And regardless of what other people are doing or trying to do to you, you can, through the power of your will, choose your response.

And the Apostle Paul chooses not to let other people control his attitude in life.

Many others, who were preaching Christ through false motive or material gain, were criticizing Paul and his teachings and even using his imprisonment as justification for their criticism.  But Paul’s attitude is even if their motives are wrong, the gospel is still being preached.  So he is unperturbed.

There are generally two kinds of people in the world – those who are for you and those who are against you.   And like Paul, make a decision very early in your Christian walk that you will not allow trouble from other people (which the Bible calls ‘persecution’), steal your joy!

The Bible says Opposition and Persecution are a guarantee.

Jesus in the Beatitudes says:“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

Paul says: Be fearless, no matter who opposes you … God is with you and He will save you. (Philippians 1:28)

“Be fearless” – often when we are opposed or persecuted, the fear of losing something can grip us – but be ‘fearless’ in the face of persecution and opposition, knowing that the Lord God is with you and that He will save you!

So continue to be happy, in all settings and situations, good or bad – because God is with you.  It will all turn out fine! 

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will continue to be happy.