The Secret to Being Happy and Satisfied

The Secret to Being Happy and Satisfied

What if someone told you the secret to being happy and living a very satisfying life is very simple, would you be interested? Of course you would be! Who wouldn’t want to be happy and satisfied? However, the secret to being happy and satisfied is much simpler than we think…are you ready? Here it is…

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. — Psalm 37:4

Delighting in the Lord…what does that mean really? It simply means that our hearts find peace and fulfillment in Him. And, when this is the case, in which we find our worth and satisfaction in Christ, this verse says that He will give us the yearnings of our hearts.  Does this mean that if we go to Bible study and church every Sunday, God will give us a Mercedes Benz or a Ferrari? Nope.

The Hebrew word for delight is “anog” which when transliterated means to be “soft, delicate, pliable” and to “live or spend in enjoyment”. So, if we are to be “soft and delicate” and “living in enjoyment” with the Lord, then we are open to His ways, His will, and everything else that He wants. We become more “pliable” to His wants or desires. Eventually, His desires become our desires.

So, when our desires are aligned with His desires, He gives us the longing of our hearts…which originated from Him in the first place. When we delight in Him, our desires will never go unfulfilled!

Many people delight in other things such as material wealth, position, financial security, and other temporary things of this world…and still not be satisfied. We will never be “happy” with the things this world has to offer.  But, if God is the source of our joy and nothing else, He will give us our needs…and even grant us our “wants” as our hearts’ desires begin to parallel His will.

There is a song by Kutless called “Draw Me Close” and the chorus goes like this:

You’re all I want. You’re all I’ve ever needed.
You’re all I want. Help me know You are near.

You are my desire. No one else will do.
‘Cause nothing else could take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace.

Take This To Your Heart:

15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.     1 John 2:15-17

Reflect on This:

Have you come to a place in which God is the only one who satisfies you? You’re so satisfied with Him that no one else will do. You fervently seek Him and His ways that nothing else satisfies…only Him…when you can get to that point…only then will He grant you the true desires of your heart. Until you are able to do this…nothing else can satisfy you and the current longings of your heart.

Are you willing to give it ALL your life and concerns to God?

His Suffering for Your Breakthrough (Divine Exchange Part 2)

His Suffering for Your Breakthrough (Divine Exchange Part 2)

Jesus knew ahead of time the details of how he was going to suffer and die. You would think that knowing ahead, he would do something to prevent it, and yet he didn’t. Jesus endured it all, and fixed his eyes on this great joy set before him, knowing this one thing:

His suffering and death was to fulfill the prophecy for our breakthrough.

Have you ever thought what joy it is for Jesus to be the Savior? Nothing is more delightful than for Him to turn ruin into breakthrough! Nothing was going to stop him from accomplishing God’s good purpose (see Isaiah 53:10; Hebrews 12:2). He is gracious and compassionate, ready to forgive, slow to anger and super-abounding in love, mercy and truth.

He spells our breakthrough and salvation this way – complete forgiveness; eternal life; restored relationship with God; made new from inside out; abundant life; victory over sin, persecution, death and the enemy; healing and miracles; transformed life; future filled with hope; entire households serving the Lord; nations changed!

We know that Jesus saves us from our sins and gives eternal life, but do we know that through Him you have healing? That you are more than conquerors? That you have an abundant life and hope-filled future? That your families will serve the Lord? That our nations can be transformed?

Jesus endured the cross and fixed his eyes on the joy set before him so that the full package of breakthrough is made available for you, right here and now. Let today be your day of salvation and breakthrough.

Take This To Heart:
When He sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.  — Isaiah 53:12

 

Reflect on This:
Knowing now how good and complete God’s salvation is for you, how He loves you, will you love Him back with all your heart?