Paul’s Formula for a Happy Life!
A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson
Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY www.windsoravenuebiblechurch.org
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul here is writing to New Testament Church and you’ll see here in this passage a Formula for a Happy Life. And the title of the Message is:
Paul’s Formula for a Happy Life!
Now by definition Happy means: Blessed; enjoying the presence and favor of God, Harmonious; living in concord, delighted, pleased or glad over a particular thing, cheerfull.
- I don’t think there’s anyone here who wants to be unhappy.
- Unless you’re trying to draw attention to yourself, or…
-You’re trying to get someone to feel sorry for you…
- That’s all attitude, you need to be happy.
- Things might not be going good for you, but you can still be happy.
- Remember, things could be worse!
Some of us have children that might not be doing right, maybe they’re disappointing you, but it’s better than burying one of them or visiting them in jail...
As long as they’re breathing, Bless God, there’s still hope for them, Amen!
- Maybe you got money problems, it’ll come to pass.
The Bills keep piling up, maybe The Repo Man is coming and take back what you ani’t paid for…
Don’t worry, It’ll come to pass, just buckle down and stay with it, make those payments.
Paul says in verse 19 that: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”
The word happy is mentioned 26 time in the King James Bible, with a chunk of them in Psalms and Proverbs. It’s mentioned throughout The Bible.
Paul also said in Acts 26:2, “I think myself Happy.”
- Have you ever had to get yourself somewhere private and make yourself happy? Pump yourself with happiness, sometimes you have to think yourself happy. Like singing in the car when no one’s looking…
- If you have known a Christian for any length of time and they’re happy, they have fulfilled this formula.
- It blesses me and I’m sure you-all as well to what? To be around Happy Christians.
- It’s nice to see some of you older Christians in the faith, that you’re still happy.
Look with me if you will at Philippians 4:4
The first point I wanna bring out on being Happy is that:
There’s some things your gonna have to do in order to be Happy
1. One of them, in verse # 4 is to Rejoice.
Verse 4 says: 4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
1. To experience joy and gladness in a high degree; to be exhilarated with lively and pleasurable sensations; to exult.
Look what he said there: Rejoice always
- And I’m sure you’re Rejoicing:
a. When things are going your way or…
b. When you get what you want... Hey, I’m Happy this way, but…
Can you get to the point where you can Rejoice always? Pause…..
a. Not just when things are going good, but…
b. When things are going bad.
a. When you got plenty, or…
b. When you don’t got much.
a. When you think everybody loves you, or…
b. When you think everybody’s your enemy.
You’ve got to learn to Rejoice always within yourself and the things around you. That’ll lead to Happiness.
- And let me tell you loved ones, if you don’t like yourself,
- Your definitely not gonna like nobody else.
- And if you don’t like yourself, how can you Rejoice?
- How many times do you laugh at yourself? Yeah, you are a funny person, we do dumb things, we do funny things…
Let me tell you-all about Brother Hank, I am kind of a goofy guy.
- A while back, Sook, Coffee, sugar and flour story…
We laughed at me… And You’ve got to laugh at yourself…
You’ve got to rejoice, Paul closes this Book, by saying Rejoice in The Lord always and again I say, Rejoice.
He thought it so important that he said it twice! “Rejoice in The Lord always and again I say, Rejoice”
- You need to find something to be Happy about.
a. Be Happy about The Lord.
b. Be Happy about Salvation.
Psalm 146:5 says:
5Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
c. Be Happy about the fact that you’re not going to Hell when you die.
d. Be Happy you got a Church to come to this morning.
e. Be Happy you’ve got friends in this Church.
f. Be Happy you’ve got a job or source of income and that you’ve got some way of making a living.
g. Be Happy you got a home to go this afternoon, you say you’re renting. Well be Happy you got a place to live; it’s better than living under a bridge or in a homeless shelter.
- You can always find something to be Happy in,
And Rejoicing is one of the things to do to make you Happy; we have to learn it though…
I think Young people struggle with this, why?
The children don’t interact with each other like we used to when we wuz kids, and turn to Smart Phones and I Pads etc…
Colleges and Universities are complaining that some of their students lack common sense, social skills and happiness. They’re all smart, but don’t know how to have a mild social conversation.
When I was a kid, if you were inside of your house, it meant you got in trouble and was being punished we called “being grounded.” I don’t know, but do they still use that word?
Kids have forgotten how to play, and my parents didn’t take me to Toys R. Us or Wal-Mart, to get us some play toys, we made our own toys.
Anyone remember “kick the can” I loved that game; all you needed was an old metal coffee can. We used to garbage pick bike parts, and build our own bicycles. Do they still play “Tag” or is that outlawed?
We’re raising a generation of children that aren’t Happy unless something big and expensive and exciting is going on, that in reality, promises nothing!
Rejoice in the simple things, Rejoice in your Family, Rejoice in the Lord and again I say Rejoice!
Look here in verse # 5.
5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
The second part of this Formula to being Happy is:
2. Moderation: We always want to apply that to food and eating, worldly standards & living.
The Bible meaning here is calmness of mind.
We’re to apply all things, all aspects of our lives in Moderation.
Now what it means here in verse # 5, is being able to restrain oneself with Moderation with others. Paul says: “Let your moderation be known unto all men”
It’s simply not letting things get out of hands between you and others.
You should accept the faults of others,
Hey, everybody has a bad day once in a while, Amen!
We need to have some Moderation, some calmness of mind on what bothers you...
- Don’t let it build and build and build and the next thing you know, you got a mountain on your hands and you’re all stressed out!
Paul is telling The Church to be Moderate towards others.
You know that person sitting near you… The people in your life…
He’s made out of the same flesh as you.
They have faults, they may have hurt you, but instead of always going for the kill, have some calmness of mind. Pray for them, love them, encourage them… Show so Mercy, forgive…
Here in Paul’s Formula for a Happy Life:
1. You’ve got to Rejoice in The Lord.
2. You’ve got to have Moderation, Calmness of Mind in your life.
And # 3, look in verse # 5: “The Lord is at hand.”
3. The Coming of The Lord.
Paul also wrote in Philippians 2:16
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
We should Live your life every day, as if The Lord could come at any minute.
If if The Lord’s return bothers you, then, you ain’t Happy.
Didn’t Paul also say in Titus 2:13 says:
13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
What if you’re not looking for that Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of The Lord Jesus Christ?
Some of you-all are hoping He come in 10 or 20 years because…
- You want that chance to get that sports car.
- You want to see the kids grow up.
- You still gotta straighten out a few people, you know for The Lord.
- You still didn’t fully clean out your own closet of skeletons, before He returns.
Hey The Lord’s Coming back for us and that ought to make us Happy! Why? Because when He Comes back, He’s bring us to Heaven, He’s gonna give us a Crown, He giving us a Mansion, He’s given us Eternal Life and we’re gonna be with The Lord forever! Just thinking about that makes me Happy, Amen!
That’s why second to last verse in The Bible in:
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
I can’t wait, I want The Lord to return now and I’m Happy that He’s Coming! Amen!
Another piece of this formula is found in verse # 6,
6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
4. Be Careful for Nothing. What’s that telling us?
Careful means here to worry or fret over something.
In Luke chapter 10, The Lord told Martha that “Thou art careful and troubled about many things.”
I think this time we’re living in; it might be the most worrying generation ever.
People are worrying it seems about everything.
What’s a big thing today, people are worrying about? It used to be Terrorism, then it’s Coronavirus, now it’s Police-Racial Tensions, the Economy…
People are worried about everything, I don’t worry about that stuff, when I was at The Twin Towers on 911, I wasn’t worrying, I was angry though…
I’m not a worrywart, although I am thinking more, and being aware on what’s happening around us…
Yesterday it took me and hour to get home, Why? Protesters closed off Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway…
Wednesday I was driving through Hempstead and…
What’s the worst thing that could happen? A terrorist bomb, they take us out you die, then instant Glory and I’m a shouting with The Lord, Amen!
People are worrying about everything
I think it’s fair to say most of the things we worry about either:
1. Don’t happen, or
2. When they do happen, it’s no big deal, like getting a needle in your arm for a blood test…
Worrying can put you in an early grave…
The truth of the matter is 95% of your problems work itself out, And like the song goes… so don’t worry… be happy!
The Bible says here to be careful of nothing, Don’t worry!
We need to let God meet your needs.
What if? Should it? I want, Is that gonna happen to me? And on and on and on…
It doesn’t change anything, you’ll drive yourself crazy and those around you crazy and you won’t have the joy of The Lord around you.
Some people are just worriers, some simple advice, don’t worry…
It’ll be alright.
Me and Sook, ten years ago, who’d a thought we’d be here?
We trusted and let God direct us, honestly Sook didn’t worry that much, (I was the crazy worry guy )and hey, we’re here, we’re serving God, we’re having fun, we’re eating good, no broken bones, and you know what, we’re Happy, Bless God…
Some of you here; you’re not feeling well, you’ve got some bumps and bruises, you’ve got some baggage,
But Bless God you made it, you’re here…
Can I give some real simple Bible advice: Just turn your worries over to The Lord Jesus Christ!
The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7
7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Mary C. Crowley used to say: