Key to Happiness

Key to Happiness

By Erin Lamb

 
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand, Psalm 16:11. 

If they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment, Job 36:11. 

It seems like everywhere you look people are looking for ways to be happy. Most of the time the happiness is linked to something external. If I had this job, then I would be happy. If I lost weight, then I would be happy. If I looked different, then I would be happy. If I had this person, then I would be happy. If I could get married, then I would be happy. If I could get rid of my spouse, then I would be happy. If I had more money, then I would be happy. If I had all my dreams come true, then I would be happy. If I could only have ….., then I would be happy. Well the Bible tells us something different. The Bibles says that contentment and joy come through obedience to God and by being in His presence. I am not saying that the externals don’t make a difference, they do! I am saying that the externals provide temporary relief to an underlying heart issue.

Have you ever begged God for something, then after you had it for awhile realized it didn’t fulfill you? That’s because God is the only source of lasting joy and happiness. He remains constant and steady when all of life is in chaos. He is the only tried and true, 100 percent guaranteed source of security, life, hope, and enduring love. NOTHING can replace Him. Yes, at first the things we run to, cling to, and beg for provide some fuel for our happy tank. However, once the thrill is gone and our tank is depleted, we find that we are off searching for a new fix. If God is not the ultimate source of our happiness (relationship with Him), then nothing He can give us will truly satisfy. We will cling to what the Bible refers to as empty cisterns. They provide temporary relief. If money solved all the problems in the world we wouldn’t have so many millionaires with messy lives. If being with another person solved all the problems, then we wouldn’t have so many divorces and relational breakups. The truth is, God made us for Him. He is the best thing to ever happen to us. If we are content in Him, then the externals are simply the cherry on the cake. He’s so good that He is the cake and the frosting too.

My prayer for us (me and you) is that we seek His face and not His hand. He gives really good gifts and wants to exceed our expectations in this life as well as eternity. However, He never wants the gifts to replace love for Him. He wants us to give thanks for what we have, even if it seems like a little because somewhere there is someone who is worse off than we are. Giving thanks also leads to happiness because we realize that God does not give us what we deserve which would’ve been wrath and destruction, instead He gave us Himself. He gave us life. He continues to give us love. He wants a deep intimate relationship with us. He wants to be first in our lives. He knows no other person or thing can do for us what He can.

Closing prayer:

“Abba I pray that our happy button would be connected to You, the only source of lasting joy! Only You can complete us, fill us, love us to overflow. Only You can provide lasting happiness. You are the source that never runs dry. You are perfect. Your ways are perfect. May we rest our hearts on Yours. Thanks for all you do and have done. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.”

Run Your Race

Run Your Race

By Erin Lamb

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning it’s shame and sat down at the right hand of the Father, Hebrews 12:2. 

I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus, Philippians 3:14. 

Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart, Psalm 37:4.  

The words God keeps pressing into my heart are, “Keep your eyes on Me, believe in and through Me you can do anything, and be ready for Me to exceed your wildest dreams.” So many times we are focused on what other people are doing or what God is doing for them instead of fixing our eyes on Jesus. He has a purpose for each of us individually to be here. He wants us to find ourselves, our identity, our security, our hope, our life in Him before He blesses us with great things. I love the wisdom of Bill Johnson and he said something that I had to write down. He said, “Sometimes the call God has on your life is so great, sometimes the gifts He has for you are so significant, that He will not give them to you until your character is able to withstand the weight of them.” We see people who have things come to them easily and quickly, however I know from engineering that anything that is built without a strong foundation, considering the cost and upkeep, without wisdom, etc…comes tumbling down when the storms come.

God is making you into someone who looks like His Son. He will withhold nothing good from you. Are you willing to fix your eyes on Him? Not on stuff, not on relationships, not on the gifts, but on the gift giver. Is God alone enough?

What if Jesus had not spent 30 years being obedient to God and His parents, learning submission to authority before entering ministry? What if Jesus would have chosen His own way instead of God’s way? What would happen in our lives if we firmly fixed our eyes on the One who commands the winds and the waves to be still? What would happen if we were all so sold out to the work of the Kingdom that God’s agenda was our agenda? I believe we would change the world!

So my beautiful friends, may we fix our eyes on Jesus! May we run this race without looking to the left or to the right to see who is ahead, who is behind. May we find contentment in God alone, seeking His face and not just His hand. May we (you and I) transform the world because the greater One lives in us. We can do even greater things than Jesus, according to Him. Jesus modeled what one person could do who was rightly related to the Father (paraphrase of Bill Johnson). We are here to show the world what God is like. We can do that, if we fix our eyes on Him.

Have a beautiful, blessed, and amazing day. I carry you in my prayers and in my heart! You are deeply loved.

God is good…all the time and He has great (no amazing) plans for your life. ☺

God Can Be Trusted

God Can Be Trusted

By Erin Lamb

Matthew 6:30-33

The Message (MSG)

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

These verses were my meditation last week and I was brought back to them today. I think worry is just one of the things that saps the joy right out of us. In the morning I listen to the birds sometimes. They are carefree. They are singing God a love song. They are not worried about anything. So much of my life has been plagued with the what if’s. What if this happens or that happens? What if something else goes wrong? The “What if’s” take us back to a place of doubting God’s goodness. God is good. Everything He does is for our good. Even the bad things that happen in life, He will use for our good if we let Him.  God wants us to ask and trust. Here are some reflections on His answers and what causes us to doubt His goodness.

The No’s:

I have learned that anything God says no to in my life is because it would either draw me away from Him, it would destroy me, it was not the right timing, it was not good for me or another person, or He had a better plan. He is the perfect parent and withholds nothing good from us. That’s hard to believe when bad things happen or a prayer isn’t answered the way we would like, but His plan is always good. That’s where faith comes in. I am thankful for the no’s, maybe not at the time, but when we pray His will be done, we can trust He will do what is best.

The Not Yet:

Sometimes we worry because of what we are waiting for. Will God forget me? Maybe He has favorites, and He is good to one person, but that isn’t for me. Very untrue. What God does for one person, He is more than willing to do for another. He says to ask, seek, and knock. In the process if we are seeking His perfect will, we must trust His perfect timing. I am not the world’s most patient person; I admit it. I also ask God for things that I don’t need nor am I prepared for. For example, for a year I was asking God for a horse, specifically a pony. Why? Just for fun and I like horses. God’s response, “Do you need a horse? Where would you put a horse?” Way to go God being all logical and practical. ☺ That didn’t stop me from asking. Well, eventually after numerous conversations with Him I said, “Fine if I can’t have a real horse, I will take a fake one.” Basically the entire exercise was me asking God for something I felt was outside the realm of what He would give me. Well, finally my horse arrived. Yes, it’s plastic and blue with pink hair, but God gave me what I asked for.

So, whatever you are asking God for He hears you. He longs to give you good things. You may not be ready for it, it may still be in the making, but don’t give up!!! 

The Storms of Life:

Life presents challenges. It’s the beauty of living on this side of heaven. There will be trials. Bad things will happen. There will be conflict. In the middle of storms it’s difficult to see Jesus. It is difficult to remember that even the winds and the waves must obey Him. It is in those moments that the flesh (our human nature) jumps in with questions. Sometimes God allows the storms to show us where our security lies. Is it in Him? The all sufficient God. Or is it rooted in our abilities, assets, what we know, who we know, our families or friends, our bank account? The truth is,

He is the only sure foundation. And also calm seas don’t make skillful sailors. We learn in the storms. The shakings in life shows us what is in us, what we rely on, and what our trust is in. The storms reveal the impurities in our hearts and souls, and exposes whether our foundation is solid. God comes in during those times to strengthen our foundation, if we let Him.

So my beautiful friends, Don’t worry, Be HAPPY! I am saying the same thing to myself in the mornings, “God is with me. God is for me. God has great, no amazing plans for my life. God will use the bad to create something good. God can be trusted with everything. The gifts God has for me, have my name on them. God loves me more than I could ever love myself and more than any person ever could. God never fails.”

Closing prayer: 

“Abba, thank you for Your love, Your provision, Your presence, Your word, and Your friendship. Pour out Your love on us until we are saturated to overflow. May we cast all our cares on You because you care for us. Not only do You care for us, You love us with an everlasting love. Help us to rest in Your love. Help us to seek Your face knowing You will withhold nothing good from us. Thank You for the gift of Jesus and Your Holy Spirit. Bless us. Keep us. Shine Your face brightly on us. In Jesus’ most powerful name, Amen.” 

P.S the best is yet to come…. 🙂

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