V-MAIL TO THE FRONTLINE
FINDING OUR HAPPY PLACE
“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her and “happy” are all who retain her.” (Proverbs 3:13-18)
When I hear a title like that, I instantly gravitate to it like a magnate to see what words of wisdom I can spiritually “harvest”. The word “happy” is translated many places as “blessed” and of course I want to be happy and I want my life to be filled with all spiritual and earthly blessings. We pray for favor and daily confess that we will continue growing and learning how to accomplish God’s will – and Praise God we are! So why is it that occasionally I find myself discouraged and sad? I’m sure you also have times when you feel a little down with sensations of being overwhelmed with worry about your problems and the state of this world. Sadness is everywhere (even in the Church) and we do not have to be a psychologist to see how depression has now become a common emotional state of being. We see the advertisements and hear about the millions of people on these medications, but chemical imbalances are not the only cause for feeling sad. We know the enemy attacks the mind because it is the control center to our life and it is not a playful wrestling match – it is a vicious war that uses live ammo. Our adversary loves to set an ambush every chance we give him and his snipers are deadly accurate. It is true that our fleshly bodies can “malfunction” (which is why we should speak God’s word over our body and mind everyday) but we also cannot rule out the reality of demonic oppression. We must realize that each day when our eyes open, we stand at a crossroad. We can choose to allow our spirit to speak to our mind and body and command they line up with God’s Divine reality every minute of the day and night or we can “revive” our old nature and resuscitate him to lead us in the ways of the carnal default system. Remember, whichever side we choose, our words confirm and establish what we will receive. Thinking and speaking is power! By the principal of agreement we will become what we believe and what we say.
We have heard that “happiness” is based on happenings. In the natural realm when good things are happening we are happy and when bad things are happening we are “unhappy”. This is how the lost live because they have no other well to draw from. But when we became born-again, our brand new spirit came with a direct connection to a heavenly dimension that transformed us from a tiny dark prison cell to the infinite realm of the glorious revelation of God’s Omnipotence. We now can experience knowing God personally along with manifesting the fruit of The Holy Spirit and joy now comes and fills us with hope even when we are going through severe trials. We can still be happy when life is good but we do not need to be sad when unpleasant situations arise because the strength of joy and the understanding of hope will sustain us. It is time to believe what we know! Since our battles are fought in the mental realm – our victory depends on what we choose to believe about God and our identity in Him which means the problem is not being able to hear truth – it is learning how to translate His words into “life changing” revelation knowledge. Walking in His Divine reality is to know the mind of Christ “in season and out” and allowing Him to control our thoughts, words and actions every minute. Yes, this is difficult, which is why we do not have time to go after Him and His Word with a lukewarm half hearted attitude. How can we be used in a divine appointment if we are not even aware of His presence? “That I may know Him” – must become a lifestyle because there are miracles we need to release that can change the course of those who desperately need a touch from Jesus and who may be on the edge of eternity. Obeying God – IS our joy!
I was talking to The Lord about my discouragement last week and I sensed Him relay to me (hard to explain) the idea of being thankful as a key to being happy. I stopped and jotted down the basic thought and when I sat down to write I began to see how profound this can be to our life. Humility and meekness is connected to being grateful and causes us to bow down and worship God for who He is and the life He has given to us. On the other hand we can see how being spoiled and not appreciating God’s blessings goes hand in hand with being bored, restless, angry, aggravated, spoiled, resentful, proud, boastful, sarcastic, egotistical, conceited and vain. We notice some people that have everything life can offer end up being miserable. They may turn to drugs, alcohol, fleshly pleasures and even prescription medicines to ease their pain. Some may ask, “What pain?” what could they possibly be trying to find? They are in agony from the absence of happiness! They have lost touch with being grateful for what they do have and have focused all of their energy and imagination on what they do not have. You see, being thankful is directly connected with being content and if you think about it, you can perceive how being content brings peace – and being in peace brings joy and happiness. This is a great study as it involves things like – satisfaction – thanking God for His forgiveness – our spiritual identity and inheritance, the blood Covenant of Christ, our destiny to be an overcomer and the overall appreciation for the chance to live. If we direct our attention to being thankful for who God is and who we are in Him, then in turn we will stay mesmerized with His presence. And of course under the shadow of His wings is the only true peace that passes all understanding. Having the reverential fear of who He is and knowing how much He is focused on us, will always take the place of what we do not have. Could anything in the universe be more satisfying than resting our head on His bosom? “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”. (Psalm 15:11) Being clean before Him covers us with peace and joy.
I read a story several years ago about Anne Rindfleisch, a young lady that was born with no arms at all. (It is difficult to comprehend life without being able to use your hands or arms.) But she is very determined to not be discouraged and lives each day with an optimistic attitude. I clipped the story to keep and actually framed her picture sitting at her computer typing with what looks like a small wooden rod in her mouth and a pencil eraser on the other end. She says that she is thankful for life and does not want to dwell on what she cannot do but (with God’s help) to utilize the many things she can do. I quote her, “Your life is what you put into it. If you make it Productive and happy, you’ll be happy”. Short and simple! Being happy is a state of mind and being filled with joy is a state of spirit.
“Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God”. (Psalm 145:5) I want to write you a prescription (take 2 of these and call me in the morning Ha!) Make a list of all the things you love and are thankful for this week and when you finish the list I guarantee you will feel joy and happiness. To be able to walk and talk with God personally is the greatest miracle we could ask for. Our salvation is secure because of His great love for us and the suffering Jesus endured on the cross. He rose from the dead and broke the chains of hopelessness for all who would reach out by faith and receive Christ as Lord of their heart. I remember the old song Ethel Waters used to sing in the Billy Graham crusades years ago. Listen to the words, (This song always makes me cry).
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely and long for Heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion, a constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me. Let not your heart be troubled, His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He cares for me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He cares for me.
I SING BECAUSE I’M HAPPY, I SING BECAUSE I’M FREE
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW, AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW, AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME.