How to Be Happy in Life Today

February 12, 2010 by  
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Happiness is a choice.  Everyone is in the pursuit of happiness.  Entire sections of bookstores are devoted to finding it.  Women’s magazines feature quizzes with titles like, “How Do You Rate on the Happiness Scale?”  People climb mountains, take Pilates, and run marathons.  People drink, take drugs, and take unsafe risks.  All in the quest for happiness.

Obviously, happiness is not easily obtained.  Some people believe it is a myth.  Yet some people claim that they are truly happy.  People have been claiming this for centuries.  The truth is, happiness can be found in a life with Jesus Christ.

Bad things still happen.  Happy people still get sad, still get angry, but they have somewhere to take these feelings.  They have a personal relationship with a personal God, a God who knows all their wants, all their needs, before they even ask.  When they feel unhappy, they are able to go to God.  This brings peace.  This brings joy.  This makes them happy.

In the Book of John, Chapter 15, Christ tells us that He is the vine, and that God is the gardener.  We, the believers, are the vine’s branches, and we bear fruit.  This is an apt metaphor, because it shows us that God wants us to be fruitful.  Verse 8 says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”  By living well, by bearing fruit, we glorify God.  God wants us to be happy.  Our happiness glorifies Him.  Our happiness makes God happy.  In this same chapter, Jesus tells us that we cannot bear fruit unless we remain in the vine.  Is it possible that true happiness is actually impossible, unless we try it via the vine, via Jesus Christ?  In Verse 7, Christ says, “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.”  This sounds too simple, doesn’t it?  If we remain in Christ, if we meditate on His Word, keep His Word in our hearts, we can ask for anything our hearts desire.  And according to this verse, it is God’s true desire to grant us our desires.  In Verse 11, Jesus says, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

Sometimes it is not easy to believe in these promises.  No, faith is not supposed to be easy.  If it were, then everybody would be faithful.  Faith requires a willful submission to  beliefs that sometimes won’t make sense to us.  Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  It’s not supposed to be easy.  But we are called to do it anyway.  In Matthew 17, Christ says, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  If faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, if with faith in God, nothing is impossible, doesn’t that make our individual happiness seem like a fairly simple task?  Not only does God want us to be happy, but it is a simple undertaking for Him.  He’s the God of the universe, of all that has been and will be.  Surely He can make me happy.  But I have to have faith.

Even when things go wrong, we need to have faith.  The Bible says, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”  Belief in God does not create a protective bubble around us.  We see crime.  We see cancer.  We see war.  We see these things, and we ask ourselves, why?  We ask God, why?  We wonder, how we can ever be happy in a world so torn? But Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”  All these things happening in the world, all these things that hurt us and confuse us, all these things are somehow going to work for good.  How do we know?  We have to have faith.  We’re back to the mustard seed.  When something bad happens, we have to believe that it is for a greater good, that it is all part of God’s plan.

Sometimes, we even feel guilty for our happiness.  This is the world talking, not the Holy Spirit.  We should never feel guilty for our joy.  Our joy is a gift from God, and by letting the world see our joy, even in the midst of so much pain, we let the world see our faith.  By showing the world our faith, we show them our God.  Our happiness glorifies Him.  Our happiness is a gift from Him.  All we have to do is reach out and accept it.

Sometimes, we even feel guilty for our happiness.  This is the world talking, not the Holy Spirit.  We should never feel guilty for our joy.  Our joy is a gift from God, and by letting the world see our joy, even in the midst of so much pain, we let the world see our faith.  By showing the world our faith, we show them our God.  Our happiness glorifies Him.  Our happiness is a gift from Him.  All we have to do is reach out and accept it.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Christian Youth – God has a Bright Future for You

October 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Christian Youth

We live in a confusing and changing world. With so much discord and unhappiness swirling around it can sometimes feel impossible to lead a truly Christian life. When our political and social leaders are making great missteps and failing to succeed as being an example of good Christian living, it is easy to get discouraged. Despair not though, as a Christian you need not look to those around you to feel God’s love or for a good example. Know that your Heavenly Father wants only the best for you as a Christian youth, and that He provides you with all that you will ever need to succeed.

” For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord . They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

The times that Jesus Christ lived in were no less tumultuous than the times we live in now. Through his actions and great love for man, God showed the people of that time what it meant to be a Christian. God sacrificed his only begotten son, so that we would be able to love one another as God loves us and that we would fulfill his wishes by leading a good Christian life. The Christian youth of today is blessed with the opportunity to live in a time that you can do so much good in sharing God’s word. Know that you are blessed and have the power to help others by setting a good example of Christian living.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

–Philippians 4:13

Living your life as a good Christian means accepting others even though they may be different. The Christian youth of today can make a radical and lasting difference in the world by living their lives as God would want; by leading by example and by demonstrating that a good Christian life is a full one. Family, friends and God’s word are the greatest gifts that one can ever share and are all the rewards that come from Christian living. We are so blessed to have God’s great love in our lives. How better to honor that love than to share it with others who may be living in darkness?

“Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them ,because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”

– Deuteronomy 31:6

Armed with the great love of God, there is no obstacle that you cannot overcome. Being a Christian offers you so many opportunities to share God’s word and God’s love. Don’t be afraid to be overjoyed at the great gift you have as a Christian youth. Know that, no matter what trial you are facing, God’s love will see you through. Stick to your beliefs, and live your life as God has commanded and you will reap the rewards of a good Christian life. Even in your darkest hour your great faith and Christian living will light your soul and fill you with a great peace, knowing that you are never alone.

“The Lord will guide you continually”

–Isaiah 58:11

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

How to Be Happy

May 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way to guarantee happiness? So many of us find ourselves thinking, “If only I had a decent job/special someone/more money I would be happy. Unfortunately, once we get the thing we’ve most desired, we often find that the happiness we thought it would bring doesn’t appear.

That’s because happiness comes from the inside, not something external. No one can “make” us happy. It comes from being comfortable with who you are and understanding and embracing the choices we make in life. Are you content with who you are becoming? Happiness is an inside job. It is a choice and a way of life.

Many people waste their lives in the pursuit of happiness drinking, using drugs and pursuing money or relationships that are outside of God’ law. They soon find that these are simply temporary band-aids, not genuine paths to happiness. They might temporarily cover up your unhappiness, but they won’t lead to lasting joy. Perhaps true happiness means something more than living in the moment!

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding.”

-Proverbs 3:13

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”The two quotes above give us some powerful advice on happiness. They tell us that if we choose to seek wisdom and understanding and follow God’s law, we will find happiness. Think about that – we need to seek to understand God’s world better and follow the rules He has set for us in order to find happiness. But that makes it simpler, doesn’t it? After all the Bible IS God’s law and is full of his wisdom. As Christians, we have the “instruction manual” for happiness right at our fingertips!

We are poor judges of what will make us happy. Our lives without God are proof of that. Divorce, depression, loss of self-esteem, anger at those around us….All of these run rampant on our lives without God. Why? Because we chased after what we thought would make us happy! But if we follow God’s path, putting our trust in Him, we will discover happiness right on our doorstep.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.”With the Lord’s help, obstacles are overcome and we find peace that surpasses earthly goods, success or even finding that “special someone.” How does this happen? What is so wonderful about being a Christian and dedicating our lives to God?

The ultimate promise given to us by God through Jesus Christ makes every day we live a blessed one. What promise does God give us that is so joyful? He has told us that the best is yet to come! Yes, our lives on this earth can be happy and filled with God’s purpose, but nothing can compare what we, as Christians, will inherit in the next life.

Eternal Life Everlasting, seated with God and His angels, is the ultimate happiness, and as Christians we are all entitled to this amazing inheritance! How can we not be happy, knowing what is in store for us as Children of God?

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

- John 3:16

If truly believe in God’s love and mercy, with such a glorious promise before us, how can we ever be anything but happy?

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

Copyright © 2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.