SKILLED in JOYFUL living
Are you HAPPY?
How HAPPY are you?
What is true
HAPPINESS?
Can you have the
expectation to be
HAPPY?
How can you be
HAPPIER?
Why is it important
that you are HAPPY?
HAPPINESS

AS AN EMOTION
HAPPINESS

IN THE SENSE OF LIFE
SATISFACTION
Defining real
HAPPINESS
Family

Finance

Fulfilment
What makes you
HAPPY, ecstatic or
joyful?
Your HAPPINESS
is crucial because …
How to be HAPPY
How to be HAPPY
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3
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Manage you stress
Enjoy the little things
Keep a positive focus
Keep your life simple
Live to...
Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
‘You make known to me the
path of life; you will fill me with
joy in your presence, with
eternal pleasur...
LIFE MISSION
I live to love and enjoy God
every day.
I live to touch everyone who
crosses my path with the
loveliness of J...
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Skilled in joyful living | Francois van Niekerk | 2 March 20

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Preacher: Ps Francois van Niekerk. This message encourages us to hold on to God so that we can have positive and joyful mindsets even in an imperfect world with broken people and disappointments. The video that accompanies this slideshow can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKy2wNZ2Fog

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  • Sermon: Skilled in joyful livingTheme: Godly-skilled people – know how Date: 2 March 2014 – morning servicePreacher:Pastor Francois van Niekerk Text: Psalm 16:11 (NIV)‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’
  • Introduction People have an inborn and instinctive need for happiness. America’s Founding Fathers recognised this and declared it as an inalienable right to pursue happiness.Here are the questions we want to address today:Are you happy? How happy are you?What is true happiness?Can you have the expectation to be happy?How can you be happier?Why is it important that you are happy? I hope to share a few practical things that will help you in the pursuit of the skill of joyful living.Happiness is now being measured. Researchers commissioned by the United Nations (since 2011) are releasing annual reports that rate the happiness of nations. Their aim is to measure and encourage that the public policies which are put into effect in countries will be considered in the light of the question, ‘Will this promote true happiness for the people?’
  • It is based on thorough scientific research and measured under two main groups, namely:Happiness as an emotion – Were you happy yesterday?Happiness in the sense of life satisfaction – Are you happy with your life as a whole?
  • It is based on thorough scientific research and measured under two main groups, namely:Happiness as an emotion – Were you happy yesterday?Happiness in the sense of life satisfaction – Are you happy with your life as a whole?
  • Main points Defining real happiness It brings valuable insight when you ask people to engage in small exercises that determine what the main areas are by which they define happiness. You will get interesting answers if you ask people to complete the sentence, ‘Happiness is ...’
  • I have found the top three areas by which people define their happiness: Family FinanceFulfilment – are you doing what you love and are you finding it meaningful? Authentic happiness includes both emotional fulfilment and life satisfaction. From a biblical perspective, real happiness starts with knowing God. To know God means that you have personal faith in Him and personal interaction with Him.
  • 2.What makes you happy, ecstatic or joyful? Everyone will answer this question differently. Your present needs and situation will play a decisive role, but I believe the following points are the overall and long-term winners:  Doing what you are passionate about – that which gives you a thrill and fulfilment.Seeing the fruit of your hands – I love it when a plan comes together! Being surprised by someone doing something with masterful excellence.Making a really positive and godly difference in someone’s life. (Producing godly fruit brings joy – John 15:11.)Knowing that you are forgiven.Knowing that you free.Being in the Father’s presence – knowing He loves you and is pleased with you.  The instinctive need for happiness can lead people to do drastic and unwise things in an attempt to satisfy this need.We shouldn’t play the hero and think we can live without basic happiness. We should also not take up the role of martyr and keep sacrificing our happiness to make others happy without having our own happiness replenished. People who are desperately driven by the desire for happiness sometimes indulge in things that have a short happiness lifespan like drinking, drugs, dangerous sexual activity and other vices. These things give cheap and short-lived thrills that are often expressed as a good time, fun or happiness. They share the common denominator that the ‘happiness’ (good feeling) they bring, is short-lived and have nasty and costly backlashes, usually leaving the person unhappier and even depressed. These people then do it again in desperation of reaching the elusive happiness or in order to escape the pain and disappointment of life.
  • 3. My happiness/joy is crucial because … How will you complete this sentence? Why is the state of your life important? We cannot make others happy when we are sad. Happiness makes happy! It is therefore crucial that we find real happiness and become skilled in joyful living.Happiness creates energy, innovation and positive expectation for a new and better tomorrow!Sour, lemon-like believers can be detrimental to the cause of Christ.
  • 4. How to be happy Manage your stress. Everyone has stress, but don’t let it rule your life. Take control!Don’t carry the world on your shoulders – we were not appointed to do that. Don’t do God’s job. You are responsible to others not for them.Learn to daily cast your cares on Jesus – He bore our sorrows.  ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Enjoy the little things. Celebrate small victories and don’t sweat the small stuff. Pick your battles and learn to let go. Know how to welcome the new and how to let go of the past.Keep a positive focus. Believe that God can do anything (Luke 1:37). Celebrate the biggest victory – Jesus overcame sin, the devil, the grave and death for us because He loves us tremendously! The UN happiness report shows that mental health is the single most important factor of individual happiness. So watch the state of your mind. Hold on to God so that you can have a positive mindset in a world that sometimes seems dark and depressing.Wherever your thoughts go, always remind yourself that God has the final say.‘In the end everything will be all right; and if it is not all right, it is not the end yet!’ – from the film, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.Be thankful by focusing on what you have, not on what you don’t. Thank God daily. Thankful people are happy people, complainers are miserable. Keep your life simple and never make your happiness dependent upon other people, things or circumstances.Live to bring happiness to others. This does not mean you should make them happy – you can offer happiness but you can’t control the acceptance of it. Start off by aiming to bring one smile a day on someone’s face. Make an effort to find out what makes the people around you happy and do something about it intentionally and systematically. Invest in the joy of others and your happiness will overflow! You reap what you sow, this is a law you can never cheat. Work it positively – live to bring happiness.  Tap into pure Jesus-joy daily. Look at Him and let the light and joy of His countenance (His smiling eyes) fill your heart. In His presence is fullness of joy! Enjoy God – have happiness in your heart.   ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11 (TNIV) 
  • 4. How to be happy Manage your stress. Everyone has stress, but don’t let it rule your life. Take control!Don’t carry the world on your shoulders – we were not appointed to do that. Don’t do God’s job. You are responsible to others not for them.Learn to daily cast your cares on Jesus – He bore our sorrows.  ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Enjoy the little things. Celebrate small victories and don’t sweat the small stuff. Pick your battles and learn to let go. Know how to welcome the new and how to let go of the past.Keep a positive focus. Believe that God can do anything (Luke 1:37). Celebrate the biggest victory – Jesus overcame sin, the devil, the grave and death for us because He loves us tremendously! The UN happiness report shows that mental health is the single most important factor of individual happiness. So watch the state of your mind. Hold on to God so that you can have a positive mindset in a world that sometimes seems dark and depressing.Wherever your thoughts go, always remind yourself that God has the final say.‘In the end everything will be all right; and if it is not all right, it is not the end yet!’ – from the film, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.Be thankful by focusing on what you have, not on what you don’t. Thank God daily. Thankful people are happy people, complainers are miserable. Keep your life simple and never make your happiness dependent upon other people, things or circumstances.Live to bring happiness to others. This does not mean you should make them happy – you can offer happiness but you can’t control the acceptance of it. Start off by aiming to bring one smile a day on someone’s face. Make an effort to find out what makes the people around you happy and do something about it intentionally and systematically. Invest in the joy of others and your happiness will overflow! You reap what you sow, this is a law you can never cheat. Work it positively – live to bring happiness.  Tap into pure Jesus-joy daily. Look at Him and let the light and joy of His countenance (His smiling eyes) fill your heart. In His presence is fullness of joy! Enjoy God – have happiness in your heart.   
  • ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11 (TNIV)
  • Application Get some real happiness. God created us to be happy not sad. Being happy is possible even in an imperfect world with broken people and disappointments.My belief is that God fills our hearts with the light of Christ and blankets our souls with a jacket of joy so that we can be happy even in adverse and flawed circumstances. The Apostle Peter calls it inexpressible joy.To walk with Jesus gives hope, hope brings happiness and happy people bring this light to others. A happy and peaceful life is a productive life to God’s glory.So make this your life mission: I live to love and enjoy God every day. I live to touch everyone who crosses my path with the loveliness of Jesus.
  • Skilled in joyful living | Francois van Niekerk | 2 March 20

    1. 1. SKILLED in JOYFUL living
    2. 2. Are you HAPPY?
    3. 3. How HAPPY are you?
    4. 4. What is true HAPPINESS?
    5. 5. Can you have the expectation to be HAPPY?
    6. 6. How can you be HAPPIER?
    7. 7. Why is it important that you are HAPPY?
    8. 8. HAPPINESS AS AN EMOTION
    9. 9. HAPPINESS IN THE SENSE OF LIFE SATISFACTION
    10. 10. Defining real HAPPINESS
    11. 11. Family Finance Fulfilment
    12. 12. What makes you HAPPY, ecstatic or joyful?
    13. 13. Your HAPPINESS is crucial because …
    14. 14. How to be HAPPY
    15. 15. How to be HAPPY 1 2 3 4 5 6 Manage you stress Enjoy the little things Keep a positive focus Keep your life simple Live to bring happiness to others Tap into pure Jesus-joy daily
    16. 16. Psalm 16:11 (NIV) ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’
    17. 17. LIFE MISSION I live to love and enjoy God every day. I live to touch everyone who crosses my path with the loveliness of Jesus.

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