Wednesday, June 21, 2017

H2O Happiness-Holiness Optimisation

UV 2299/10000 H2O Happiness-Holiness Optimisation
Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 115 v 15

When we acknowledge the Lord as the Maker of heaven and earth, then we become heirs to both heavenly blessings like peace, eternal life, salvation, the rewards of the righteous in heaven as well as earthly blessings like good health, prosperity, joy, blessings on the children and family. All the earthly blessings are enumerated in some detail in Deuteronomy Chapter 28, verses 1 to 14: we will be exalted on earth above all nations. We will be blessed in the city and in the country. Our children, crops, cattle or pets would be blessed and multiplied. Our food and water would be blessed. Our movements and journeys would be blessed. We would have victory over our enemies in the flesh and in the spirit. Our efforts, our work and our resources or assets would be blessed. We would be respected or esteemed. We would be blessed with timely showers of blessing. We would be raised to positions of responsibility and leadership. Acknowledging the Lord implies not just oral praise but constant communion, complete obedience, total commitment.

We will also inherit spiritual blessings or the blessings of heaven: the assurance of salvation and eternal life would give us a sense of absolute security and comfort in the Lord. We would learn wisdom directly from the Lord which will help us take decisions and teach us what to do in different situations. Our lives would be filled to the brim with love, joy and hope. We will receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit who will empower us, equip us, enable us, counsel and comfort us.
The earthly blessings make us happy while the spiritual blessings make us holy. Together, these two sides of the coin of life adds up to what is holistic. We will be able to be both successful and godly. We can optimise happiness and holiness. Holiness is not something meant for only the religious, the ecclesiastical order or the priestly order. It is intended to be the clothing of every human being. It is time to bring it back into the everyday use of common people. This is the reason I have used the chemical formula of water that we need and use every single day of our lives- to cleanse ourselves, to satisfy our thirst, to refresh and renew ourselves: H2O meaning Happiness-Holiness Optimisation. We cannot be happy at the cost of holiness. It has long term costs that are huge and cannot be paid by any human being. Sometimes, we can be holy at the cost of our temporary happiness as at the times of suffering. But at the best and worst of times, we need to try to optimise our happiness and holiness.

Prateep V Philip

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