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The secret to true happiness

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God speaks and your happiness is bound up in your attitude and response to what He says.

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Psalm 19:7–10 NIV
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
2 Timothy 3:15–17 NIV
and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Psalm 1:2 NLT
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
Psalm 119:1 NIV
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Introduction
Introduction

A young man once received a letter from a lawyer stating that his grandmother had left him an inheritance. To his astonishment, it was $50,000 plus “my Bible and all it contains.”

The youth was delighted to receive the money. However, he knew what the Bible contained, and because he wasn’t into religion he didn’t bother to open it. Instead, he put it on a high shelf.

He gambled the $50,000, and over the next fifty years he lived as a pauper, scraping for every meal. Finally he became so destitute, he had to move in with his relatives.

When he cleaned out his room, he reached up to get the dusty old Bible from the shelf. As he took it down, his trembling hands dropped it onto the floor, flinging it open to reveal a $100 bill between every page.

The man had lived as a pauper, simply because of his prejudice. He thought he knew what the Bible “contained.”

How can you know what the Bible contains if it sits on a shelf gathering dust? How can people argue about the nature of God, Christianity, and the Bible when they don’t know what the book really contains?
If we don’t really value the Bible or take it that seriously, there are some important things to remember:

1. It is unique in its continuity. If just 10 people today were picked who were from the same place, born around the same time, spoke the same language, and made about the same amount of money, and were asked to write on just one controversial subject, they would have trouble agreeing with each other. But the Bible stands alone. It was written over a period of 1,600 years by more than 40 writers from all walks of life. Some were fishermen; some were politicians. Others were generals or kings, shepherds or historians. They were from three different continents, and wrote in three different languages. They wrote on hundreds of controversial subjects yet they wrote with agreement and harmony. They wrote in dungeons, in temples, on beaches, and on hillsides, during peacetime and during war. Yet their words sound like they came from the same source. So even though 10 people today couldn’t write on one controversial subject and agree, God picked 40 different people to write the Bible—and it stands the test of time.

2. It is unique in its circulation. The invention of the printing press in 1450 made it possible to print books in large quantities. The first book printed was the Bible. Since then, the Bible has been read by more people and printed more times than any other book in history. By 1930, over one billion Bibles had been distributed by Bible societies around the world. By 1977, Bible societies alone were printing over 200 million Bibles each year, and this number doesn’t include the many other Bible publishers. No one who is interested in knowing the truth can ignore such an important book.

3. It is unique in its translation. The Bible has been translated into over 1,400 languages. No other book even comes close.

4. It is unique in its survival. In ancient times, books were copied by hand onto manuscripts which were made from parchment and would decay over time. Ancient books are available today only because someone made copies of the originals to preserve them. For example, the original writings of Julius Caesar are no longer around. We know what he wrote only by the copies we have. Only 10 copies still exist, and they were made 1,000 years after he died. Only 600 copies of Homer’s The Iliad exist, made 1,300 years after the originals were written. No other book has as many copies of the ancient manuscripts as the Bible. In fact, there are over 24,000 copies of New Testament manuscripts, some written within 35 years of the writer’s death.

5. It is unique in withstanding attack. No other book has been so attacked throughout history as the Bible. In A.D. 300 the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered every Bible burned because he thought that by destroying the Scriptures he could destroy Christianity. Anyone caught with a Bible would be executed. But just 25 years later, the Roman emperor Constantine ordered that 50 perfect copies of the Bible be made at government expense. The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who destroyed the faith of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in 1728, but the Bible lives on. The irony of history is that 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.

The Bible has also survived criticism. No book has been more attacked for its accuracy. And yet archeologists are proving every year that the Bible’s detailed descriptions of historic events are correct. See Matthew 4:4 and 1 Peter 1:25 comments.

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education — Theodore Roosevelt
But for this book (the Bible), we could not know right from wrong…Take all you can of this Book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will will live and die a happier man — Abraham Lincoln
Vision 2020: Living the Life - Foundations - Last week we just scraped the service of the importance of prayer…we cannot underestimate the value of building our walk with Christ upon a strong foundation of prayer — regular and consistent communication with God. Neither can we underestimate the value of building our relationship with Christ upon the value of His Word.
Psalm 19:7–8 NIV
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
Psalm 119:7–8 NIV
I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.
Psalm 119:1 CSB
How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction!
Psalm 19:7–10 NIV
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
Psalm 1:1–2 NIV
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Ps 119:7-8
Ps 119:1
PRAYER
Psalm 19:;
PRAYER
I propose to you today that the secret to true happiness depends upon how you respond to the Words of God…the Bible
Psalm 119:1 CSB
How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction!
God speaks and your happiness is bound up in your attitude and response to what He says.
Interrogatory: How do you respond to God’s Word when you need guidance, deliverance, or answers? What attitude do you bring with you when you open the book and read?

What God Says Guides You in all Circumstances

2 Timothy 3:16–17 NIV
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:15–17 NIV
and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Exposition ()
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
is the longest Psalm (176 verses) as well as the longest chapter in the Bible.
is the longest Psalm (176 verses) as well as the longest chapter in the Bible.
It is divided into 22 equal stanza’s, each headed by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet (in order).
Each stanza contains 8 verses and each of those verses begins with the letter of the Hebrew alphabet of that stanza
There are 8 words that refer to the words of God: commands, decrees, law, laws (different word meaning), precepts, promises, statutes, and word.
The word of God - law: not restrictive rules, but God’s way for his people to be happy.
C.S. Lewis says of “it is not, and does not pretend to be, a sudden outpouring of the heart…it is a pattern, a thing done like embroidery, stitch by stitch, through long, quiet hours, for love of the subject and for the delight in leisurely, disciplined craftsmanship.”
Authored by David, Daniel, or Isaiah — someone that knew suffering and what it was to have people come against him and his faith.
…what God says guides us in all circumstances
His Words Shatters Darkness
Psalm 119:105 NIV
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:115 NIV
Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!
How common is it for you and I to look to ourselves or others for answers before we look to God’s Word?
If we live our life making it a habit to delight in and meditate upon God’s Words…many things that would normally be confusing, stressful, etc., will be clear
…what God says guides us in all circumstances
His Words Set You Free
Psalm 119:45 NIV
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Psalm 119:45 NIV
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
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God’s ways are not restrictive — we are not under the law any more, but we have the entire Bible to shed light and bring wisdom to our daily lives
When we know God’s heart…we know freedom and liberty
We can avoid evil and the enemies traps
We can walk in joy and clarity
Transitional: What God says guides us in all circumstances — and along the way, we learn all about who God is

What God Says Reveals Who He is

Psalm 19:7–10 NIV
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
Ps 19:
What God Says Delights the Ones Who Dwell on His Words

What God Says Delights the Ones Who Dwell on His Words

Psalm 1:1–2 NIV
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Psalm 1 NIV
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Challenge
…what God says guides us in all circumstances
....what God says reveals His heart and His character — how He feels about His creation
…What God says will bring great joy and delight to those that meditate upon it
God speaks and your happiness is bound up in your attitude and response to what He says.
In order to respond to what God says…you must know what He says
Get into the Word…every single day
How will you respond to God’s Word?
How will it effect your attitude and your actions?
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