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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life. How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life. There are justifiable reasons for feeling unhappy – Luke 13:34; John 11:35; Mark 3:5 There are those who think they are happy when they are actually “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” – Rev. 3:17

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • There are justifiable reasons for feeling unhappy – Luke 13:34; John 11:35; Mark 3:5
  • There are those who think they are happy when they are actually “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” – Rev. 3:17
  • Our attitudes, choices and actions have consequences – to truly have a happy life, we MUST follow God’s word – 1 Pet. 3:10-12; Matt. 5:3-10

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • Have A Self-Centered Attitude
  • Selfishness is the root of most if not all sin – 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Gal. 5:19-21
  • Abortion – Fornication – Adultery - Divorce - Alcohol & Drug Abuse – Lying - Gambling
  • Selfishness destroys relationships and ultimately results in loneliness, sorrow and misery – James 3:13-4:4

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • Have A Self-Centered Attitude
  • Christians should be concerned with the needs of others – 1 Cor. 10:24; Phili 2:1-5
  • The key is love – Mark 12:29-31; James 2:8; Gal. 5:14; 1 Cor. 13:1-8
  • It is more blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • Have An Ungrateful Attitude
  • Being unthankful leads people away from God– Rom. 1:21
  • An unthankful person will never be a contented person – Phili 4:6-13
  • A discontented person only brings harm to himself – 1 Tim. 6:6-10
  • No wonder the NT stresses the need for thanksgiving – 1 Thesw. 5:18

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • Blame Others For Your Faults
  • A problem as old as humanity – Gen. 3:9-19
  • When one tries to soothe a guilty conscience by shifting blame – he actually increases his troubles – 1 Sam. 13:8-14; 15:13-23
  • As hard as it is for many to accept, most misery is self induced and self maintained – Gal. 6:7-9

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • Being Unmerciful And Unforgiving
  • Holding a grudge ensures misery – Mat. 18:21-35; Prov. 21:13
  • Anger, resentment, bitterness, quarreling, hate and malice are the reactions we experience when others do us wrong – Rom. 3:13-18; James 3:8-18; Eph 4:31.32
  • Such reactions destroy relationships – (Marriages, families, friendships)

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • Living Outside of God’s Will
  • Man’s all is to fear God and keep His commandments – Eccl. 12:13,14
  • When we fail to follow God’s word we bring a curse upon ourselves – Deut 28:18-20; 2 Thes 1:7-9
  • Blessings come to those who love God and keep His commandments – Deut. 30:15-20; Prov. 19:23; Luke 11:28; James 1:16-25

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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How To Have A Useless And Miserable Life

  • Have A Self-Centered Attitude
  • Have An Ungrateful Attitude
  • Blame Others For Your Faults
  • Being Unmerciful And Unforgiving
  • Living Outside of God’s Will

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009

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The key to a happy and productive life is trusting and obeying God!

W. 65th St church of Christ / Oct. 25, 2009