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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
1 Cor. 15:19 mentions the circumstances of a miserable life. Some of the words connected with misery or miserable are unhappy, grief, pain, poor and low.
Jesus mentioned the word in Rev. 3:9-20 and described the persons as wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. Read Eph. 2:11-14
Romans 3:17 speaks of those who have not found peace that can only come through knowing Christ and the forgiveness that comes through His sacrifice on the Cross for our sin. “The way of peace have they not known.”
Sometimes misery is a result of what is not known, and sometimes it is the result of what is known.
James 5:1 states, “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.”
Paul expounds the subject to as in 1 Tim. 6:6-19 and notice vss. 6-10 and 17-19
Happiness is not having and holding!
Happiness is knowing and believing.
Look at Matt. 16:21-27 and notice v.26. Also look at Luke 12:15
1. First of all, we can escape the miserable life by knowing where we are going after this life without a doubt. Matt. 19:16-26
We sometimes sing “Oh Happy Day.” It is the happiest of days when we can know without a doubt that Christ is our Saviour and Heaven is our eternal home. Psalm 144:9-15
You can be happy when you know your sin is forgiven.
You can be happy when you know your soul is saved.
You can be happy when you know Home is Heaven. See Heb. 10:26-31
2. We can escape the miserable life by showing by your life that Christ is your Lord and your life is “Hid with Christ in God.”
Col. 3:3 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Life has meaning when it finds it’s purpose.
1 Cor. 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Born Again people cannot be happy living for self. We sing a song from time to time that nails this…”Take My Life and Let It Be.”
Some of the most miserable people on the earth are Born Again people who are living for self rather than the Saviour. See Psalm 32:1-11; Psalm 128:1-6 ; Psalm 40:1-11; and Psalm 84:1-12
Friend, If you are living a miserable life, there are two keys to escaping:
1. You must be Saved without a doubt.
2. Your must be sold out to Christ without reservation.
Happiness is not in unbelief, for Voltaire was an infidel of the worst kind and he wrote, “I wish I had never been born.”
Happiness is not in pleasure, for Lord Byron live a life of pleasure and he wrote, “The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone.”
Happiness is not in money, for Jay Gould an American millionaire had plenty, yet when he was dying, he said, “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.”
Happiness is not in position and fame, for Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed both, yet he wrote, “Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle: old age a regret.”
Happiness is not in military glory, for Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day, yet he wept in his tent, because he said, “There are no more worlds to conquer.”
Donald Grey Barnhouse wrote, “There is never a day so dreary. There is never a night so long. But the soul that is trusting Jesus, will somewhere find a song.”