TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, December 01, 2017:
Contented; joyous; ecstatic; glad.
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29:18.
Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves. Job 5:17.
Let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Psalm 68:3.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many people today are unhappy and that unhappiness seems to come from feeling discontent. The “ME’ generation philosophy has been accepted by many people today thinking that it will give them satisfaction and make them happy. Their thinking is that if they can do just what they want, when they want, with no boundaries, they will be happy.
But it does not work that way. Happiness only comes from God. Any happiness that the world can offer is only temporary and will not last. God wants us to be happy and happiness only comes from God. Discontent comes from Satan. A believer in Jesus needs to be alert to show others that their faith in Jesus is what provides an inner peace that surpasses all human understanding. Without the inner peace that comes from knowing Jesus as your Savior you cannot know real and lasting happiness.
The scripture tells us in Proverbs 29:18 (above) that “Those who love and honor God find happiness by keeping God’s law.” True happiness comes from following God’s guide lines for living.
It is very simple to understand that we all need a support system in life and those who put their trust in the Lord will have the Lord with them in the good times and in the bad times.
Happiness is only temporary when it is based on circumstances, but happiness based on hope and confidence in the Lord is lasting. We can live a happy life when we put our complete trust in God and live in obedience to His commandments. When we who have received Jesus as Savior live in obedience to God we are made righteous (right with God). When we know we are right with God we will be happy and joyful (Psalm 63:3).
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 2:4.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also the interests of others.
Thank You Lord that You alone can provide all I need for true happiness. Help me to be content with what You have given me. I praise You and thank You for Your many blessings.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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