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Title: Eight Steps to True Happiness


1
Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • On The Mountain Top!

2
Our Journey So Far!
  • Discipleship

3
What is a Disciple of Jesus Christ?
  • A disciple is a learner, one who follows both
    the teaching and the teacher.
  • (Jack Hayford - The Spirit Filled Life Bible)
  • Disciple Gk mathetes
  • To increase in knowledge
  • To learn by use and practice (Thayer)

4
Our Journey So Far
  • Discipleship
  • Attitudes

5
What Makes your Attitude?
  • Attitude leads to Action
  • Beliefs/Facts affects my
  • Feelings which in turn affects my
  • Actions
  • For as (a man) thinks within himself, so he is.
    Prov 237 NASB

6
Transforming our Attitudes
  • Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this
    world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
    mind. Then you will be able to test and approve
    what God's will is his good, pleasing and
    perfect will. Romans 122

7
Transforming our Attitudes
  • Dont let the world around you squeeze you into
    its mould, but let God remake you so that your
    whole attitude of mind is changed. (J.B. Phillips)

8
Our Journey So Far!
  • Discipleship
  • Attitudes
  • Step 1 - Poor in spirit - I am absolutely empty
    and destitute without God

9
Step 1 Dependence on God
  • Blessed (happy) are those who recognize they are
    spiritually helpless
  • The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
  • Matthew 53 (World English Bible)

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Step 1 Dependence on God
Dependence
Inclusion
Inter-Dependence
Loose-Cannon?
Gods Family
11
Kingdom Authority
  • Blessing theirs is the Kingdom
  • Kingdom is not territorial but authoritative
  • When living under Gods authority as His
    dependants
  • we are able to exercise authority in our lives

12
Kingdom Authority
  • Christians are called not to be passive
    spectators to life but rather to be actively
    involved
  • They are poor in spirit but forceful in
    faith
  • They are kingdom people who exert heavens rule
    on the earth through the power and authority of
    the Holy Spirit

13
Our Journey So Far!
  • Discipleship
  • Attitudes
  • Step 1 - Poor in spirit - I am absolutely empty
    and destitute without God
  • Step 2. Mournfulness - I am utterly devastated
    by my sinful waywardness

14
Step 2 The Law of Brokenness
  • Matthew 54
  • How happy are those who know what sorrow means,
    for they will be given courage and comfort. JBP

15
Step 2 The Law of Brokenness
  • Jesus is speaking of a spiritual mourning
  • It is when our heart becomes grieved with what
    grieves the heart of God.

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Step 2 The Law of Brokenness
  • This is an attitude in which we are sensitive to,
    and devastated by, the loss that we ourselves or
    others may be suffering.
  • It is having the heart of God on an issue, seeing
    something as a clear violation of the revealed
    will of God.
  • Kittel describes to mourn as Passionate grief
    which leads to corresponding action

17
Divine Assistance
  • As we mourn the loss of our standing before a
    righteous God through true brokenness we
    acknowledge
  • Our deficiency
  • Our need for One who is all sufficient
  • It is then that the Holy Spirit reciprocates by
    drawing alongside to help.

18
Divine Assistance
  • The Sufficiency of one makes up the Deficiency
    in the other

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Our Journey So Far!
  • Discipleship
  • Attitudes
  • Step 1 - Poor in spirit - I am absolutely empty
    and destitute without God
  • Step 2. Mournfulness - I am utterly devastated
    by my sinful waywardness
  • Step 3. Meekness - I want all my natural
    strengths tamed and harnessed

20
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Matthew 55
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the
    earth. NIV
  • they will receive what God has promised! GNB

21
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Meekness is NOT weakness!
  • Meekness is gentle and controlled strength
  • Meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness
    and self-interest
  • Meekness is not weakness, but great strength
    meekness is strength in submission of Gods
    control

22
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Those who are born of the Holy Spirit have
    surrendered their rights as well as their wrongs
  • It involves acknowledging Jesus as Lord as well
    as accepting Him as Saviour
  • We voluntarily hand over all personal rights to
    our lives and invite the new Owner to do with us
    as He sees fit!

23
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • True meekness has
  • a serving attitude
  • a willingness to submit to authority
  • a willingness to allow the dealings of God and
    people in our lives without retaliation.

24
Destiny Fulfilled
  • Inheriting the earth means
  • Enjoying everything God has destined for your
    life
  • Realising the full potential of your life in God

25
Our Journey So Far!
  • Discipleship
  • Attitudes
  • Step 1 - Poor in spirit - I am absolutely empty
    and destitute without God
  • Step 2. Mournfulness - I am utterly devastated
    by my sinful waywardness
  • Step 3. Meekness - I want all my natural
    strengths tamed and harnessed
  • Step 4. Hunger and thirst for righteousness - I
    am desperate for all that God has for me

26
Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Matthew 56
  • Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do
    what God requires God will satisfy them fully!
    GNB

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • There are two aspects of righteousness
  • 1. Being right
  • Imputed righteousness
  • 2. Doing right
  • Living righteously

28
Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Imputed righteousness means
  • All my sin was imputed to Jesus (put into His
    account 2 Cor 521) so that He could take it
    away through the cross
  • When I receive Him by faith as my Lord and
    Saviour, all His rightness is imputed to me
  • He has paid the debt in full by His act of
    sacrifice, setting my balance sheet in credit
    with His goodness, virtue, perfection and
    righteousness

29
Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • 2. Doing Right Living Righteously
  • Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount specifically
    highlights areas of righteousness which the
    Christian must hunger and thirst after
  • Moral Purity Matt 527-30
  • Verbal Honesty Matt 533-37
  • Covenantal Loyalty Matt 521-26 1815

30
Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    will receive what they desire
  • Righteousness
  • If we want to live righteous lives we need
  • The bread of life Jesus the Word of God
  • The living water the Holy Spirit

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Natural Satisfaction
  • Living a fulfilled life!
  • Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd I have come
    that they may have life, and have it to the
    full. John 1010-11 NIV
  • for he (God) satisfies the thirsty and fills
    the hungry with good things. Ps 1079 NIV

32
4. Those who Hunger and Thirst after
Righteousness
3. The Meek
2. Those who Mourn
Happy are
1. The Poor in Spirit
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Our Journey So Far!
  • The first four attitudes suggest four upward
    steps in preparing the heart for Gods fullness
  • Each of these inward works of grace involves
    Gods dealings with people
  • They teach us to rely on God rather than ourselves

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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • The Challenge

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The Challenge
  • Discipleship is a lifelong journey
  • The journey requires effort on our part
  • We must be hearers of the Word
  • We must be proactive in our response
  • Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive
    yourselves. Do what it says.
  • James 122 (NIV)

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The Challenge
  • James 122-25 (NLT)
  • if you just listen and don't obey, it is like
    looking at your face in a mirror but doing
    nothing to improve your appearance.
  • if you do what it says and don't forget what
    you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

38
The Challenge
  • Jesus Himself told a story at the end of His
    sermon to illustrate this in Matt 724-27 (NLT)
  • Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me
    is wise, like a person who builds a house on
    solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents
    and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat
    against that house, it won't collapse, because it
    is built on rock.

39
The Challenge
  • But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it
    is foolish, like a person who builds a house on
    sand. When the rains and floods come and the
    winds beat against that house, it will fall with
    a mighty crash.

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The Challenge
  • Where are you on your discipleship journey?
  • Are you a Disciple of Jesus?
  • A disciple does more than know and understand
    the teachings of the Master
  • A disciple also puts what has been taught into
    practice!
  • Are you really following Jesus?

41
The Challenge
  • Where are you on your discipleship journey?
  • What is your attitude tonight?
  • attitude to yourself?
  • attitude to others?
  • attitude to God?
  • Are you being transformed by the renewing of
    your mind? (Rom 121-2)

42
The Challenge
  • Where are you on your discipleship journey?
  • Are you Poor in spirit?
  • Are you totally dependent on God?
  • Are you interdependent on other Christians?
  • Or are you doing your own thing going your own
    way?

43
The Challenge
  • Where are you on your discipleship journey?
  • Are you Mournful?
  • Are you spiritually sensitive?
  • Is your heart grieved with what grieves the
    heart of God?
  • Are you utterly devastated by your sinful
    waywardness?
  • Or do you have a hardened heart?

44
The Challenge
  • Where are you on your discipleship journey?
  • Is Meekness a part of your life?
  • Do you have a willingness to submit to
    authority?
  • Is your will totally surrendered to Gods will
    for your life? Is it
  • a conditional surrender to Gods will?
  • a full surrender to Gods will?

45
The Challenge
  • Where are you on your discipleship journey?
  • Do you Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?
  • Have you accepted Christs righteousness?
  • Are you living righteously?
  • Or are you living to your own standards?

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