3 Secrets to Being Happy

 

For many people, happiness is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Even though they are constantly chasing it, happiness always seems just out of reach. They may try entertainment, money, pleasure, or power. But none of these can truly give you happiness. Where can you and I find happiness? 

Read on to learn 3 Biblical secrets to being happy.

 

Know who you are.

What would you answer if someone asked you, “Do you think you’re a good person?” Many people would say yes. After all, they pick up empty Tim’s cups off the street, give to the Red Cross once in a while, and pay their bills on time. They haven’t ever murdered someone or done anything really bad. And a few little white lies don’t count, right?

Let’s take a look at what the Bible says. To find out if you really are a good person, here is a little test for you.

-Have you ever stolen something, even if it was small? This is breaking the 8th commandment.

-Have you ever said God’s name as a swear word or to express your frustration? This is breaking the 3rd commandment.

-Have you ever talked back to your parents or complained about them? This is breaking the 5th commandment.

And that’s only 3 of the 10 Commandments! Romans 3:23 puts it plainly, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Each of us have broken some or all of God’s 10 Commandments. This means that we are sinners, who deserve punishment. God’s punishment is being separated from Him right now, and being separated from Him after death in a place the Bible calls hell. 

However, even though you and I are sinners, the amazing truth is that God loves us. In spite of what we’ve done, He still cares about us. Read on to learn how He demonstrated His love for us.

 

Receive what God offers you.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Because He loves us, God sent His only Son to take the punishment we deserved for sin. Jesus Christ died a horrible death on a Roman cross so that we could be forgiven. 

God offers you the free gift of forgiveness, a relationship with Him, and a home in Heaven someday. How can you receive this gift? 

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31)

-Admit that you are a sinner, and turn from your sin to God.

-Believe on Jesus to save you from sin.

-Choose to receive His gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

You can do this right now! If you have questions, please contact us at our Baptist church in Cape Breton (contact info at the end of this post). We’d love to help you understand more about believing on Jesus.

 

Walk with God every day.

After you have believed on Jesus as your Saviour, you become part of God’s family. You have the privilege of talking to God and getting to know Him more each day. You can learn more about God by reading His Word, the Bible, and talking to Him in prayer.

If you will seek to obey God each day, you will experience true happiness. God will help you with your problems, give you peace even in the midst of the storm, and provide for all your needs. Micah 6:8 explains how God wants us to live, 

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

Walking with God means talking to Him throughout your day, seeking to obey His Word, and drawing near to Him. When you live this way, you will discover the incredible joy of knowing God and experiencing His blessings firsthand.

Psalm 16:11 is the testimony of a man who lived this kind of life. He wrote, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” 

What about you? Have you experienced true happiness in your relationship with God? If not, you can start today! Contact us at our Baptist church in Cape Breton to find out more.

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Do you want to be truly happy? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email northside1178@gmail.com  



How Can We Know a Holy God?

 

Each person has been created with an inborn God-consciousness…an understanding that there is an unapproachable, powerful Presence living throughout the whole universe. Rudolf Otto argued that “the numinous” was part of every human mind, referring to the God-consciousness of man. The holiness of God is difficult for mortal man to understand. And, when man is confronted with the Presence of God, he is overwhelmed and brought to his knees. Why is this?

 

How can we know a holy, unapproachable God?

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The Truth About God’s Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not something that we as humans naturally do. We would rather hold a grudge or try to get even. We are slow to forgive and even slower to forget. But, when we lift our eyes to the cross of Christ, we begin to see the truth about forgiveness. You see, forgiveness did not start with man. It started with God.

Here are 3 life-changing truths about God’s forgiveness. 

1) God’s forgiveness was bought at a tremendous cost.

God didn’t just go down to the bank, withdraw a cool million or so, and go shopping for an earth-sized box of Forgiveness. It wasn’t that simple. Instead, He sent a personal Representative to the Jewish people. But it wasn’t just any representative. It was His only Son. 

His Son called the people to repent and believe on Him, but they refused. Instead, they sent Him to die an embarrassing, painful death on a cross. Why would God allow this to happen? The truth is that He had planned it…so you and I could be forgiven.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)  

God sent His Son to take the punishment you and I deserve for our sin. He paid a tremendous cost so we could be forgiven. 

 

2) God’s forgiveness is everlasting.

 

If God forgives us today, He doesn’t turn around tomorrow and say, “I was thinking about what you did, and it’s so bad that I don’t think I can forgive you after all.” He doesn’t drag up sins from our past and old skeletons from our closet. 

The Bible says, “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19) 

When God forgives your sin, He also forgets it. As far as He’s concerned, it’s gone for good. At our church in Sydney Mines, we are so thankful that God’s forgiveness is everlasting. 

 

3) God’s forgiveness requires a response from us.

Knowing the facts about God’s forgiveness and Jesus’ death doesn’t mean that you and I are automatically forgiven. We need to personally respond to God. How can we be forgiven?

 
A) “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
Choose to trust in Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for your sins—instead of trusting in good works, church attendance, or anything you can do.
B) “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19)

Repent means to turn away from your sins, ask God to forgive them, and choose to follow Him instead of going your own way. 

 

If you will believe on Christ and repent of (turn away from) your sins, you can experience the wonderful forgiveness of God. He will forgive your sins completely and take away your guilt. You will enter a relationship with God now and live with Him in heaven someday. Will you accept God’s forgiveness today? Join us at our church in Sydney Mines to learn more. 
 
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Have you experienced God’s forgiveness for yourself? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com