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06/16/2017

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As Happy As You Want To Be


"May there be peace be within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, 'peace be within you.' For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity" (Psa.122:7-9).

As we conclude these Friday devotionals about peace, happiness and prosperity, we come to the two last prerequisites for their attainment... May peace be within your walls and security (prosperity) within your citadels (palaces) is what verse seven (7) says. One must always resist the temptation to blame others when they are not happy enough. You've heard all of these; I would be happy IF; (1) I were young again, (2) I were older, (3) I had a few million dollars, (4) I was better looking, (5) I was more talented... etc. To many, unfortunately, happiness is always just around the corner, but never found. These are the folks that don't take a hard look at themselves. There is a quote from Abraham Lincoln that goes something like this; "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Finally we come to the last linchpin to happiness... For the sake of my brothers and friends..... I will seek your prosperity infers that peace, happiness and prosperity require good relationships with one another... I don't think there are more miserable people around than those that are self-centered... "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Lk.12:15). Is there any greater happiness in the world than the feeling we get from helping others? Do we consider how we can help our husbands, wives, kids, friends or even the needy? The good we do for others rebounds with joy and blessing to ourselves. We all might like to read 2 Cor.9, where we have an entire chapter dedicated to just this. I hope that we have found the 122nd chapter of Psalms to be the ancient recipe for happiness, peace and prosperity that it is.

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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