As we come to the end on our series “I Just Want To Be Happy,” let’s center our thoughts on these words of Jesus, “Take no thought saying” (Matt. 6:31).
You will find that all great men and women of faith have one thing in common; they understand the power of their words. They believe and therefore they speak. Prov. 18:21 confirms this great truth by proclaiming, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” James 3:6 says, “The tongue sets on fire the course of our life.” Jesus said, “By your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37). We are justified when our words release the power and purpose of God’s promises, but in the same way, we can condemn ourselves and others when we speak words of doubt, malice, anger, and unbelief.
Jesus was reminding Israel that they had a covenant with an abundant and loving Father (so do you) when He said, “Take no thought saying, `What shall we drink?’ `What shall we eat?’ or `What will we clothe ourselves with?” Notice the first directive: Take no thought! Simply put, don’t think on lack or center your mind on the problem. Instead, train your mind to think on God’s favor and promises. Notice also the second directive: When negative thoughts do come, refuse to speak them because spoken words will empower the very things you don’t want to rule over your life.
Jesus also said, “If you know these things, happy is he who obeys them” (John 13:17). At various times, all of us have acted in ignorance, but when we do have knowledge and still act and speak contrary to God’s word, that is another matter entirely. We would say of someone who is standing in water and deliberately grabs hold of a hot electrical wire, “How stupid and dangerous is that!” In the same way, spiritual death can enter into our lives when we knowingly speak negative words that will perpetuate and give greater life to the problem. The answer is in our mouth!
Happiness is not hiding from us; it is in our mouth. It is in refusing to be captive to Old Testament Laws, or even New Testament Laws. New Testament Laws are those that we allow other people to put on us. The bible calls them the traditions of men. Example: We don’t have to fast unless God tells us too fast. We don’t need to go on a mission trip unless God tells us to go. In fact, we don’t need to do anything that the Holy Spirit hasn’t directed us to do. Too be sure, fasting and mission trips are good, but they won’t be good for our happiness unless God told us to do them.
Happiness is in placing your faith in God and deciding that you are going to be happy, regardless of circumstances, and regardless of the words and actions of others. Victory has come to your house, so speak it! Proclaim it! Embrace it! Shout it out! Let the truth be true and Satan a liar! Be Happy! You have God’s permission.