The 2 Greatest Keys to Your Happiness
Adapted from “How to Be Happy” by Andrew Wommack
So, is true happiness obtainable? And if so, how do we get it?
- First, we have to deal with what’s on the inside.
Most people want to deal with the outside. They pray for their problems to be solved and that only good things will come their way.
Let me give you a clue: That ain’t going to happen!
As long as we are in this world, we will have problems. And if we are living for God, we will have persecutions. If you never bump into the devil, it’s because you’re going in the same direction.
You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can totally control what goes on inside when faced with that resistance. When you understand that, you will have discovered one of the greatest keys to happiness.
One of the most liberating things in the world is to love someone else more than yourself. And when the one you love more is God, you will rejoice when He is glorified, even if that happens through your suffering.
When God and others are more important to you than yourself, then you are well on your way to happiness. But if you are all wrapped up in yourself, you make a very small package. And therein lies the number one obstacle to contentment and happiness.
Most people are addicted to self like addicts to drugs. They are never satisfied. And this self-centered dissatisfaction is Satan’s greatest open door for temptation. He used self-interest to tempt Adam and Eve, even though they lived in a perfect world without a single problem.
We can never truly satisfy self. We just have to deny it. We have to die to self, and place God and others ahead of self. That’s easier said than done, but once we die to ourselves, happiness is just around the corner.
- Second, we need to deal with what’s outside, our circumstances.
It’s not your problems that are the problem; it’s the way you see your problems and the value you place on them that makes them a problem. Paul said all his afflictions were short-lived compared to eternity.
Regardless of how bad things are in this life, we have such a wonderful eternity promised to each of us that all our troubles pale in comparison.
Our future is so bright, we have to squint to look at it. All the sufferings of this life are short and insignificant compared to eternity and all the pleasures the Lord has in store for us. Keeping this in mind will shrink our problems down to a manageable size.
Our true happiness lies in Jesus and our future with Him. If we are in faith, we can have joy unspeakable and full of glory now, in this life!