When we say "Happy New Year" to our family and friends, what do we really mean? What is God's definition of the word happy? The word happy in the New Testament is interchangeable with the word blessed. Jesus tells us in "the Beatitudes" who is the one that is truly happy or blessed. The Amplifed version of the bible really brings out the true meaning of the word happy or blessed.Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! (Matthew 5:3). Jesus goes on to say that the ones that are happy or blessed are (those that mourn), the meek or gentle), (those that hunger and thirst for righteousness), (the merciful), (the pure in heart), (the peacemakers), (those that are persecuted for righteousness sake). (Matthew5:3-11). Why are the poor in spirit happy or blessed? Each one of these beatitudes contains a precious promise of God:To the poor in spirit (humble) "For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." To those that mourn "For they shall be comforted."To tThe meek "For they shall inherit the earth."To the merciful "For they shall receive mercy."To the peacemakers "For they shall be called sons of God."To the persecuted "For they shall enter the kingdom of heaven." Have a happy and blessed New Year!!