Do you want to be happy? If so, listen to this formula. It never fails.
Happy are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Happy are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Happy are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Happy are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Happy are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Happy are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-12 NKJV)
Who gave this recipe for happiness? The Lord Jesus Christ Himself and He knew what He was talking about. Read this passage of Scripture carefully and you will discover that in order to find happiness, which is another word for “blessing,” you may find yourself in difficult situations. But even in trouble and sorrow, you may have the joy of the Lord in your heart. Notice especially the one that says we are happy or blessed when we are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. This is seen in the lives of the martyrs.
True happiness does not come by seeking it for its own sake, but by seeking to be a blessing to others and by serving God with all your heart. Millions today are searching frantically for something to make them happy, but they never find it because their seeking is self-centered. It is those who forget themselves in the service for others who are truly happy. Both human experience and the Bible, prove that man’s attempt to satisfy merely his physical appetites and desires will never bring him happiness, but only despair at last.
Read the book of Ecclesiastes. King Solomon had tasted every earthly pleasure. He had delved into everything- from music to alcohol, from sex to science- and he said that in the end it was all in vain and made the spirit uneasy within. But at last he found the true formula for happiness and peace of mind.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV)
Whether we believe it or not, this is a moral universe. Every man faces a judgment, a reckoning. As the saying goes, “chicken come home to roost.” Every cause brings its effect, both here and hereafter. What we sow, we reap; and often it is a harvest of tears and heartbreak. Not only so, but the Scripture declares that “God shall bring every work into judgment.” Someday we must stand before a righteous Judge and give an account of the deeds done in the body. So we need to remember that this life is not the end of the story, but is given to us to prepare for a life to come.
Without peace in the heart there can be no true happiness. You may rush here and there, grasp at this, seek for that, keep going in a constant cycle, searching for something or someone to make you happy, and still miss the very sense of life, which is peace of heart, fulfillment, and confidence. From ancient times men have longed for peace- not merely the ending of war, but peace of mind. In the days of Israel, the parting blessing was:
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”‘ (Numbers 6:26 NKJV)
Even today, the Arabic salutations, “Salaam aleikum” used by Muslims mean, “Peace be unto thee.”
Jesus too said much about peace to His disciples:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; … (John 14:27 NKJV)
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. ….” (John 16:33 NKJV)
In fact, Jesus Himself is called “The Prince of Peace” in Isaiah 9:6.
If you, my friend, do not have peace of heart, why not come to the One who can give you that peace? Jesus can bring you through the discords of life. Only He can bring wonderful music into your life. Why? Because He settles the great problem of sin in human lives. Sin is the discord in the music of your life. Sin is the tiny stone in the shoe. Wherever there is sin, which is disobedience to God’s law, there can never be peace. The Bible says:
But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.” (Isaiah 57:20-21 NKJV)
That is why so many peace plans among the nations fail. That is why so many efforts put to bring peace in relationships fail. Why is this? Because the heart of man is filled with turmoil and unrest, and while there is war in the hearts of men, there will be war in our relationships too.
After World War 1, one rich man offered USD 100,000 peace prize for a plan that would insure peace on earth. The judges debated a long time over the 22,000 plans submitted, but apparently passed over the shortest and most sensible plan of all, which contained just two words- “Try Jesus”. Why should we try Jesus? Nothing else has worked. No one else has been able to bring peace to the world, or even to the hearts of men.
It is only when Christ sits upon the throne of the world that man will know world peace. It is only when He rules on the throne of the human heart that there is peace and happiness within. This peace comes when we give our Lord the pre-eminence, as we read in Colossians 1:19, 20:
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:19-20 NKJV)
We do not have to wait to go to heaven to find our personal peace and happiness. You can have that experience now. In the book of John, there is given a four step cure for worry and for peace of heart in this life:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3 NKJV)
The first rule that Jesus gives for peace of mind is to believe in God. Anyone who has real faith in God will stop worrying. Jesus called Him “Father,” and He is our Father too. When you were a little child you had no worries. You knew that Father and Mother would care for you. God is you’re your heavenly Father, so why should you worry yourself into ulcers? Why be distressed about death, finances, relationships or what other people think about you? Jesus said that faith in God is a cure for worry. “Let not your heart be troubled”- in other words, stop worrying.
and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3 NKJV)
By God’s grace, let us have faith in Him as a child has faith in his father and mother.
Now the second part of Jesus’ prescription for soul peace is “Believe also in me.” John 14:1. If you believe in Christ, you believe in the Saviour of the world who died on the cross for your sins. Go to Jesus with all your sins, accept Him as your Saviour, believe that He died for you and rose again for you to be made righteous. Quit worrying about your sins. Confess them in Christ’s name, and God will forgive you. Now step out by faith and obey the Lord. Do your part in making everything right. God will give you a new life, a regenerated life, in which you can please Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. There is no need for you to carry that terrible burden of sin, that burden of a violated conscience, which will not let you rest day or night. No need to fear your past anymore. In 1 John 2:2 we read that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. That includes you and me and all people. Then in 1 John 1:9 it is written:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NKJV)
So if we confess and forsake our sins, we need never worry about them anymore. Jesus has taken them and buried them under His blood. Louisa M. Stead, the writer of the song, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” must have had this experience. Listen to her words:
“Yes, ‘tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life, and rest, and joy, and peace.”
The third part of the prescription that Jesus gave for peace of mind and happiness is found in John 14:2:
In My Father’s house are many mansions; … I go to prepare a place for you.
There it is- life beyond. The grave is not the end of the story. The last word is not said at the funeral. Things that are so cruel, so unjust, so hard to understand in this world will be straightened out in the next. There is a land beyond, a reunion beyond, where the children of God will meet never more to part.
This verse in John 14:2 plainly says that there is a place for God’s people. It is a real place. It is holy, it is wonderful, and Jesus will be there. So let not your heart be troubled. Believing in God’s land of tomorrow will give you grace and strength to do His work in the land of today.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2 NKJV)
“Lest not your heart be troubled.” The half has never been told.
And now last of all we come to the fourth part of Christ’s cure for worry:
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3 NKJV)
The world has not seen the last of Jesus. He is coming back. He was here once. He will be here again. We look out upon the conditions of the world today- war, famine, sickness, confusion, immorality, wickedness, riots, distress, “hearts failing them for fear.” But remember, speaking of this very times, Jesus sais:
“There shall be… distress of nations, with perplexity;… Men’s hearts failing them for fear.” (Luke 21:25, 25 KJV)
But “let not your heart be troubled.” Why not? Because He is coming again!
“Then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Verse 27)
So we have four great reasons why we should never worry, but always have “the peace of God which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) – in other words, happiness. There is available to you great reserves of strength and courage. Do not wait a minute longer. Accept the Lord Jesus Christ and His plan for your Happiness. Receive Him as your personal Savior before you breathe another breath. Confess all the sins you can recall to Him. Confess even those you do not recall. Ask Him for the Peace that no man can understand; Peace that comes only by faith in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Get your Bible and read the entire fourteenth chapter of John, and tis wonderful prayer will be yours:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)
Do you have that peace? Seek it!
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NKJV)
That peace is a promise and a taste of the peace that will reign over all the earth when:
… “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15 NKJV)
Jesus is our peace now, individually; and when He comes in glory, His peace will cover the earth “as the water cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:9