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Hey everyone I’m Pastor Gary Hoban and welcome to Refinery Life Australia.

This year our goal is to release a new video / Podcast every Monday Wednesday and Friday.

To begin the new year we are starting on Sundays with “The Way to Happiness”. 

Everyone wants to be happy, and the New Testament is the greatest authority on happiness.

Jesus gives is the key that will unlock the door to happiness.

This key is found in the eight Beatitudes.

Did you know the word “Blessed” is sometimes translated as “Happy”.

Today we are going to start with Humility, The way to Happiness.

Text

Matthew 5:3 (ESV)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Scripture Reading

Matthew 5:1-12

Prayer

Father, On this first Sunday of the new year, we thank you for life, health, family, and friends, but most of all we thank you for Jesus.

As we give of ourselves, we commit everything to you.

Open our hearts and our minds to be blessed by the teachings of your Son.

In His name we pray.

Amen

Introduction

Name the eight things that would make you happy.

If God said to you today, the first Sunday of 2020, “Choose eight things that you feel that would make you happy this year and I will give them to you,” what would you choose?

Would you choose to be poor in spirit?

Would you choose things like mourning, meekness, hunger and thirst, being merciful, being pure of heart, being a peace maker, or experiencing persecution?

Do you think these eight things would make you happy?

Jesus seems to think so.

Before you decide that Jesus is wrong, consider the opposite of these qualities.

Characteristics like pride, pleasure seeking, aggressiveness, compromising, impurity, cruelty, and hatred.

You couldn’t be happy with these characteristics could you?

Of course not!

So we need to consider the eight beatitudes as eight steps to happiness.

Humility is the way to happiness.

In Matthew 5;3 when Jesus spoke of being “poor in spirit,” He was referring to our recognition of both our spiritual neediness and the means that can supply our need.

This poverty of spirit, being poor in spirit, results in the discovery of God’s kingdom.

People who are poor in spirit do not boast of their attainments or talents because they know that they have nothing that has not been given to them.

Why is humility the way to happiness?

  1. Humility enables you to be honest about yourself.

When Jesus spoke of being poor in spirit, He didn’t imply that being wealthy is wrong.

Money can be handled in two ways, a Christian manner or a non Christian manner.

Success and prosperity can lead a person to be self satisfied and proud.

Yet poverty can lead a person to dishonesty.

Jesus did not teach that the poor are spiritually superior.

Not money but “the love of money is the root of all evil” the bible tells us in 1 Timothy 6:10

Jesus declared that if you want to be happy, you must be aware of your spiritual poverty.

Nothing is more pathetic than a person who has great need and isn’t aware of it.

Remember Samson standing in the valley of Sorek surrounded by Philistines? 

Judges 16:20 (ESV) says

20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.

Poverty in spirit is the beginning of happiness.

It is the admission that without Christ you are nothing.

This admission is always followed by the Lord flooding your life with the riches of His mercy and grace.

To be poor in spirit is to be honest about yourself, and this is the way to happiness.

2. Humility compels you to commit your full potential to God.

When we realise our own helplessness and place our complete trust in God, we commit our full potential to Him.

After you do this, you will become detached from things, and attached to God.

John 6:9 (ESV) says

9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”

This boy came to hear Jesus teach and illustrates this commitment. He took all the food he had and gave it to Jesus.

Once you are willing to do this, you will be amazed at what Christ can do with what you have to offer.

Andrew asked what we so often want to ask, “but what are they for so many?”

In his own hands the little boys lunch wasn’t enough to satisfy his own hunger. But in Jesus’s hands, the small meal became enough to feed over five thousand people.

Never under estimate what God can do with your five loaves and two fish.

The moment you commit all you have to God, the impossible begins to happen!

Poverty that produces happiness is poverty of spirit.

Total submission to God’s will is always best, and humility is the way to happiness because it pushes you to commit your fill potential to God’s will.

3. Humility prepares you to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

No proud soul can be filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit, a life filled with pride has no room for Him.

People who are unwilling to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and controlled by selfish ambition.

That’s why the Lord said that we must become like little children before we enter the Kingdom of heaven.

Children depend on their parents.

Because they are their parents children they are not really poor.

As God’s children, we are dependant on Him.

Children don’t spend much time worrying about what they will eat, or what they will wear, or where they will sleep.

They simply assume their needs will be met by their parents.

God, our heavenly Father is responsible for our care.

We are told to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us.

Jesus said to the disciples in Luke 11:11-13 (ESV)

11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 

12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 

13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

The poor in spirit know they are poor in spirit.

They know they can do and can be nothing without the indwelling of the Spirit of God.

People who find happiness through humility allow the Holy Spirit to fill them.

Humility that enables you to be honest with yourself, and commit everything to God is the way to happiness.

Conclusion

Do you want the kingdom of heaven now?

If you do, then dig deeply and build your life on the foundation of humility, because it is the way to happiness. 

Until next time

Stay in the Blessings

I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!

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