Happiness comes not from seeking it but from seeking God.
We need to recognize our true condition.
As we humble ourselves before a holy God, we will be blessed.
5:3 God blesses thoes who are poor and realize their need for him for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
5:4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5:5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
Knowing and trusting God is the source of inexpressible joy.
The greatest joy we can experience comes only from a personal relatiionship with Jesus Christ..
You love him even through you have never seen him. Through you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures though every circumstance.
Recognizing that God’s plans for your life are ultimately better than your own. That may mean making some sacrifices in your life, such as spending more of your time in God’s Word.
Romans 8:28 Everything he allows in our lives is for our ultimate good.
2Timothy 1:9 He has chosen us to lead holy lives.
1Corinthians 2:9 He has prepared wonderful things for those who love him.
God does not allow us to experience trials because he wants to see us suffer. Rather he allows these difficulties into our lives to help us grow spiritually to learn to live by faith, not by feelings.
Trials Sharpen our faith. Hardships develop our character and purify our faith.
1Peter 1:3-7 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.