Dr. Peale shares the stories of several people who found great joy throughout their lives through their relationship with Jesus. He shares that the New Testament in particular is the happiest, most effervescent, effulgent, triumphant book. He says, “If you haven’t got joy in full measure, go back to Jesus.”
Dr. Peale gives 20 words which if you take them, believe them, let them permeate your consciousness, you can walk through life and not be afraid. They are’ “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” And “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Dr. Peale tells us the Gospel is full of suggestions on how to be healthy. Psalm 103 say that God heals all our iniquities, then heals our diseases. He restores our youth. The thoughts that a person thinks and their spiritual attitude has a lot to do with their well being.
Dr. Peale tells us that there are two ways to add to your happiness. One is to find yourself and the second is to find God. The Bible is the happiest document ever written. NVP says, “Christianity offers healthy mindedness, peace of mind, beautiful human relations, strength to meet crisis.”
Dr. Peale tells us that there are four words that can change your life, they are “of course you can.” Then while you won’t be freed from difficulty, you have the spirit of overcoming. Dr. Peale shares his 10 “Of Course You Can Principles,” by which anyone can change their life and become an overcomer.
Authorities have said that mental depression is a number one symptom and that 60 percent of people are unhappy most of the time. Dr. Peale explains, the Christian religion is the Gospel of happiness. He says, “They leaped for joy, that’s the way they described Christians. And they rejoiced with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” With Jesus you can be happy always.
Dr. Peale spoke to the Louisiana State Bankers Association, where above the platform was a large banner which read, “Have the Winning Spirit.” NVP asked the man at his left what it meant. He said, “It means with God’s help you can attain your goals.” NVP asked the man on his right what it meant. He said, “Be an overcomer.” Dr. Peale reminds us of William James’ words, “The most important thing at the beginning of any enterprise is belief. Believe and you can be an overcomer.
Psychologists say the average person uses no more than twenty percent of their brain power. Dr. Peale says that in our heads we have about three pounds of tissue, the most marvelous instrument ever created, the mind. He says that if he could begin to use twenty-five percent he’d be ranked with the greatest preachers of all time.
In this Easter message Dr. Peale shares the stories of Dwight Eisenhower and Alfred P. Sloane and their faith in eternal life. Dr. Peale says, “Life, vital exciting, enthusiastic, creative, joyous, exciting. That is the message of Easter. Somebody in ancient times described Christianity as the song of skylarks and the babbling of brooks.”