It’s easy to fall into a trap of negative thinking when things don’t work out for us just the way we have planned. Many people can fall into deep depression affecting their relationships, their job and their entire lives. Many people today are swayed by emotions, other people, and pretty much anything and everything that isn’t God. There are some Biblical keys I’ve found and I believe that people need to obtain happiness. Once we obtain these keys I wholeheartedly believe they will unlock within us happiness like we’ve never seen before. God wants us to enjoy this life and be happy not ensnared in a negative dungeon.
1. Doing Everything Alone Won’t Bring True Happiness.
VERSE PASSAGE: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – NIV
King Solomon tells us about the value of a friend. When we do things with a friend we have someone to help us if we fall. Someone we can count on to help with defense, and encouragement.
In 1 Samuel 18:1 we find that Saul’s son Johnathan loved David as he loved himself. Had it not been for the friendship of Johnathan, David would have faced severe hardship when hiding from Saul in the wilderness during the time that Saul wanted to put him to death.
Jesus wants a relationship with you. He understands that a person alone all time will not bring forth true happiness. Jesus doesn’t only want to be your Savior and Lord but also a friend. Because He understands the vital importance of friendship.
2. Popularity Can Be Brief.
You are not entitled to popularity nor are you guaranteed to be popular all your life. Popularity can be as quick as a good nights kiss. People searching for popularity are searching for the approval of others and crave the attention of man. Understanding that you are not always going to be able to obtain this is vital to unlocking true happiness from within. We shouldn’t worry about the approval of others or the attention of others. We have God and He is willing and more than able to give you all the attention in the world. There is nothing better than that.
3. Your thoughts can and will affect your thinking.
King David tells us not to live in fear in Psalm 112:7
Paul tells us to control our thoughts in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 and bring them into captivity.
Paul tells us in Romans 8:38-39 to keep in mind during times of trouble that nothing separates us from the love of God.
Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28 that there is a purpose behind all things and God is in control.
Paul tells us in Hebrews 13:5 that God promises He will never leave or forsake us.
My parents never liked when me and my siblings would talk bad about each other and calling each other names. Because they recognized the power of words and that words affect how we think. They also recognized that what we ponder on affects us in many different ways. It is vital for Christians to understand this and to bring negative thoughts into submission. It’s vital that we look to the Bible and focus on the love of God, His promises, and His everlasting presence with us.
4. God grants us the desires of our hearts.
We are told in Psalm 37:4-5 that if we commit our ways to the Lord He will grant us all the desires of our hearts. Some think that they can just ask God for whatever but there is a commitment to Him that is required. When we spend time with Him and commit ourselves to Him our desires start to change. Things that I might have wanted or desired before God have long gone since being saved and coming to know Him more and more. I desire what He desires.
5. Surround yourself with Winners.
When scouting out the land of Canaan which God had promised to the nation of Israel only two of the scouts (Joshua and Caleb) returned to Moses and the people exhorting them to take the land that God had promised them. The others came back frightened of the inhabitants of Canaan and frightened the nation of Israel to the point that they were afraid to go into the promise land and take it as the Lord had instructed. As a result Joshua and Caleb were the only two of the scouts permitted to enter into the promise land. In Numbers 13:31-33 & Numbers 14:36-38 We learn from this to surround ourselves with positive people.
Remember that Christ has set us free. Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:1 that Christ has set us free from sin and we are no longer in bondage.
We have no reason to fear. God is on our side and when He is on our side there is nothing and no one who can stop us. We need to be obedient to His Word and what He tells us to do. We will enter into happiness.
6. Just say “No” to Sin.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-12 to put on the whole armor of Christ so that we can avoid all occasion of sin.
Many people don’t take the armor of God literal. That is the bunch that I do not belong to. I believe wholeheartedly that God does not want just abnormal Christian. God wants Christian warriors and this is the exact reason He tells us there is armor, He tells us how to put it on, He tells us what it is for and how to use it. The enemy comes in all shapes and sizes and is vile. We need to be prepared to do battle.
7. When you forgive you feel better.
In many instances we are unhappy due to what we perceive as unforgiven sin in our lives. Jesus tells us in Romans 10:13 that whosever calls upon the name of the Lord is forgiven. Jesus also encourages us to forgive others in Mark 11:25 so that we may be forgiven ourselves.
Unforgiveness is infectious and will infect the body, the mind, the souls, and will weaken the spirit. It is as strong as cancer and will destroy people’s life’s.
Satan placed a lot of bets on this due to its high percentage of destroying families and churches. We must come into humbleness and learn to forgive.
I dealt with unforgiveness and hatred for a lot of years after I found out that the man I thought was my dad was not. I had so much hatred and unforgivessness in my life from my biological father leaving my mother after knowing she was pregnant that it actually put a strain on my relationship with my step dad. Learning to forgive and release my hatred to God took along time. But the benefits were outstanding. The relationship that had be on a destructive path was turned around.
8. Be content with what you have.
In Philippians 4:11 Paul tells us to be content with what we have. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-21 to be not concerned with the things of this world but lay up your treasures in heaven.
We need not to constantly be in search of the next best thing and always looking for more and more. Jesus wants us to be content with what we have and to enjoy what we have. He never said that more would never come. But He has called us to be content for the moment.
God bless you my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.
Copyright © 2019 by Jacob D. Olinger