HOW TO "THINK MYSELF HAPPY"!
I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews.
In Acts chapter 26 we find the Apostle Paul's testimony before King Agrippa.
This chapter could be effortlessly outlined like this:
I. A Powerful Explanation. (verses 1-23)
II. A Prejudiced Expression. (verses 24-26)
III. A Personal Exam. (verses 27-29)
IV. A Pour Excuse. (verses 30-32)
It is while the physician Luke is dealing (under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit) with "A Powerful Explanation" that a person sees an important key that unlocks the door to cheerfulness in service for Christ. (Verse 2)
G. Campbell Morgan once wrote about this section of Scripture, "He (Paul) gave the story of his conversion, his commission, his consecration."
Never forget: It's the memory of the Christian that is the mechanism that can birth their own personal camp-meeting.
Friend, you and I need to discover how to make ourselves delighted!
There are three truths that if the believer will think about, they would be thrilled. (All found in Acts chapter 26)
I. RECOUNT WHEN YOU WERE MISERBLE.
A truth that if the believer will think about they would be thrilled is recount when you were miserable. (verse 14) It is a Bible impossibility to have conversion without FIRST hitting conviction. God doesn't give you the strawberry shortcake before He gives you the spinach soufflé. It is the stench of the mire that allows one to be overjoyed by the song of the choir. (Psa. 40:2 & 3) Recount when you were miserable!
II. RELIVE WHEN YOU MET MERCY.
A truth that if the believer will think about they would be thrilled, is relive when you met mercy. (verse 15) The happiest people on planet earth are those individuals who never get too far from when and where they were introduced to Christ. After Zacchaeus got saved, his favorite tree was a SYCAMORE TREE, just like your favorite church pew is the one you first heard the gospel from! (Luke 19:5 & 6) Relive when you met mercy!
III. RECITE WHEN YOU WERE MARSHALLED.
A truth that if the believer will think about they would be thrilled is recited when you were marshalled. (verse 16) The word "marshalled" simply means set out in an orderly manner. God doesn't save us to sit, but He saves us to serve, and whatever that station of service is, we ought to be SHOUTING HAPPY to serve there! Somebody needs to not only be an usher, but have a smile to go with the handshake. (Psa. 84:10) Recite when you were marshaled!