How to Live the Good Life

The “Right” Way to Live

Joyce Meyer
How to Live the Good Life

People look for happiness in a lot of places. Many chase after a bigger house, a nicer car or a better paying job, while others seek education, marriage or other achievements with great passion.

While it’s certainly not wrong to desire these things, there is only one thing in life that can give us true peace, joy and fulfillment—God.

Matthew 6:33 is truly a scripture to live by. Jesus says, But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. (AMPC)

Seeking the kingdom includes seeking God Himself and craving an intimate relationship with Him. It’s about wanting to know Him and not just what He can do for you. There is quite a difference between seeking possessions and seeking God.

I can still remember a time years ago when I had a lot of the “things” I wanted, but I still wasn’t a very happy person. Sound familiar? The truth is, no matter what you have, if you don’t have the peace, joy and fulfillment that only God can give, then you really don’t have anything at all!

Romans 14:17 sums this up perfectly. It says, the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (NKJV).

True satisfaction doesn’t come from the outside—from all of the things we can do or buy—but it comes from within. God wants us to live with His righteousness, peace and joy. They are Kingdom benefits, and they are part of our inheritance as God’s children....

The “Right” Way to Live

So many people—and even many Christians—walk around feeling vaguely guilty about themselves. They feel like they’ve made too many mistakes and can never quite measure up. But that’s not God’s will for us!

Second Corinthians 5:21 says, For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endured with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness] (AMPC).

When you know how much God loves you and all that He’s done for you, it brings tremendous freedom. The thing is, Jesus already knows everything you’ll ever do, right or wrong, and He loves you anyway! He has already paid for every sin you will ever commit.

As we begin to truly understand our righteousness “in Christ,” we will no longer wallow in condemnation or feel like we have to earn God’s forgiveness. Instead, we can live with the confidence and security that God knows us better than anyone...and He loves and approves of us.

Supernatural Peace

I once heard a very famous actor being interviewed about his life and career. It’s someone who was tremendously popular, and I imagine most people would love to have his success.

I’ll never forget one of the final questions. He was asked, “Is there anything in life you haven’t achieved...something you still want?” He simply answered, “Inner peace.”

You see, true peace only comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God offers us His peace that “transcends all understanding” (see Philippians 4:7). It doesn’t come from our circumstances, and it’s not something we can buy.

God’s peace is vital to us because life is unpredictable. When the storms of life begin to swirl around us, there is only One Person who can give us peace in the midst of the storm.

Jesus is the “Prince of Peace,” and as you spend time fellowshipping with Him in prayer and through His Word, you will sense His supernatural peace that transcends all understanding.

Joy for the Journey

John 10:10 says, The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows (AMPC).

God wants us to enjoy our lives! That used to be a big problem for me because of the sexual, physical and emotional abuse I endured growing up. As a result, I never really got to be a kid, and I never truly understood what it meant to enjoy my life.

However, joy is part of God’s kingdom package. Psalm 16:11 says, In Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore (AMPC). Like His peace, we can receive and live with God’s joy in every circumstance, regardless of what is going on around us.

The dictionary partially defines joy as “a calm delight” and “extreme merriment.” I particularly like “a calm delight” because even when we’re not doing something we consider exciting, we can still have the joy of the Lord deep on the inside of us.

We often look forward to the weekend or the next fun event in life, but God wants us to experience His joy and satisfaction every single day. In fact, Nehemiah 8:12 says, ...the joy of the Lord is your strength (NIV). Through the ups and downs of everyday life, God wants to strengthen us for the journey and experience His delight in everything we do.

God isn’t against us having “things”—He delights in being good to His children! But He doesn’t want those things to have control of us. However, when we put God first and seek an intimate relationship with Him, we will not only experience His righteousness, peace and joy, but we’ll find that a lot of the “things” also come along with it.

I encourage you to put God first in your life. Develop a relationship with Him and ask for His guidance and direction. Because there is a way to truly enjoy your life, and it’s all found “in Him.”