To Enjoy Life To The Fullest

1. Live for a great purpose.

2. Read the passages of joy in the Bible.

3. Practice victorious tranquility.

4. Avoid the things that destroy happiness.

5. Bring happiness to others; it will rub off on you.

6. Accept God's gift of joy and demonstrate it in your life.

7. Try the seven-day mental diet, refusing to say anything negative for one week.

8. Walk with the Lord of joy and live in His Spirit.

The Bible's story of Job presents the record of a man so exemplary that by Old Testament standards he was "perfect" (Job 1:1). Nevertheless, terrible tragedies struck him one after another. He lost all his wealth, then all his children, then even his health; he was so miserable that he wished he had never been born (3:1-3). During his suffering Job felt so bitter about what happened that his friends accused him of heresy and blasphemy. Job's "comforters" probably wanted to help him, but they took the line that he had brought all his troubles on himself.

Job refused to accept that false load of guilt. He did not know why he had such problems (none of us never knows that completely) but he did know he had tried hard to be upright, and he said so. And in the end God said that it was Job who had told the truth about Him, not his friends. God honored Job's honesty, in spite of his bitter words of near-blasphemy, and restored his health and wealth. Indeed, "The Lord blessed the latter end of Job's life more than his beginning" (Job 42:12).

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee and worthily magnify Thy holy name.

God knows us through and through. When we stop trying to hide from Him and let Him cleanse our inmost thoughts and desires, we learn to love Him and live worthwhile lives.

Turn to John 5:2-5, to the story of the lame man whom Jesus met at the pool of Bethesda. After thirty-eight years as a handicapped man, he must have given up nearly all hope. But no case is too hopeless.

In 1736, when he was twenty-six years old, John Wesley sailed from England to Georgia to preach to the Indians. Two years later he wrote in his journal: I went to America to convert the Indians; but O! who shall convert me? Wesley's honest recognition of the weakness of his faith led to a meeting soon afterward in Aldersgate Street, London, when his heart was "strangely warmed" with a fresh commitment to Christ. After this, Wesley led thousands to accept Christ through his energetic and successful preaching.

Jesus promised, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). Try to learn the truth about yourself and be absolutely honest with yourself. Then share candidly with your loving Father and with several other people exactly how you are progressing spiritually. You will find yourself enjoying life more and living more successfully in every way as you enter more fully into the freedom and peace and power of the Lord.

The Prodigal God
A Story Of Two Brothers
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