It's Time to Think Yourself Happy!
In Acts 26:2 we see the Apostle Paul experiencing very trying circumstance but we discover by his own words he is not discouraged but actually finds himself to be quite happy.
What's the key to such an attitude? The key is to keep your eyes fixed on the good things in your life. Unfortunately, the good things aren't always visible! Sometimes the good things in life are spiritual and can only be seen with spiritual glasses (the word of God).
Paul had his eyes fixed on Jesus and the benefits of Salvation. He realized his sins were many and he was happy to have them forgiven. Because Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, he had avoided the pit of hell and was granted access into God's kingdom.
Like Paul we too can be happy if we keep our eyes on the benefits of salvation. This will keep us from worrying while God is working on our problems!
We can be happy our sins are forgiven.
Psalms 32:1-2 (NKJV)Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
We can be happy we've been transferred out of Satan’s kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.
Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV)giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
We can be happy about being adopted into God’s family. We are members of his household!
Romans 8:15 (NKJV)For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
Ephesians 2:19 (NKJV) Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
You are a member of God’s household. When you are member of a household you have access to what’s in the house.
Imagine what ‘s in God’s house and recall the fact that he loves you.
Remember Jesus said it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. The kingdom of heaven is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. This also includes having our daily needs met (Matthew 10:24) .
So rejoice and think yourself happy, for I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread!(Psalm 37:25)