HOW CAN I BE HAPPY?

Pastor Justin Mosher

 

July 11, 2021

 

Key Passages: Ecclesiastes 2, Matthew 5

 

"He [the Prosperous man] might live a thousand years twice over but still not find contentment. And since he must die like everyone else—well, what’s the use?" Ecclesiastes 6:6 (NLT)

 

I.  SOLOMON'S SEARCH FOR SATISFACTION

"I said to myself, ‘Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the good things in life.’ But I found that this, too, was meaningless."

Ecclesiastes 2:1 (NLT)

 

FIVE PURSUITS THAT FAIL TO SATISFY:

 

  1. ________________________ - Ecclesiastes 1:17-18 (NLT)

 

  1. ________________________ - Ecclesiastes 2:1, 10 (NLT)

 

  1. _______________________ - Ecclesiastes 2:4-6, 18 (NLT)

 

  1. ________________________- Ecclesiastes 2:7-8 (NLT)

 

  1. _______________________ - Ecclesiastes 2:9, 11 (NLT)

 

II.  JESUS' KEYS TO HAPPINESS (MATTHEW 5:3-10)

 

1.        GET TO ______________________!

           “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Vs.3 (NIV)

 

2.       _____________________ WHEN LIFE IS DISAPPOINTING.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Vs.4 (NIV)

 

3.        __________________________ GOD TO MEET MY NEEDS.

               “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Vs.5 (NIV)

 

 

 

4.    PRIORITIZE _________________________.

        “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Vs.6 (NIV)

 

5.    CULTIVATE A _______________________________.

       “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

       Vs.7 (NIV)

 

6.    MAINTAIN A _______________________________.

       “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Vs.8 (NIV)

 

7.    BUILD HEALTHY ____________________________.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of  God.”  Vs.9 (NIV)

 

8.    LIVE WITH AN __________________________________.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Vs.10 (NIV)

 

       “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

       Vs.12 (NIV)

 

        “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

 

         “Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well. For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

        Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (NLT)

 

        “That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.”

        Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NLT)

 

 

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