Our Pursuit of Happiness

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
(from our Declaration of Independence in 1776)

For you modern Christians out there, please note the correct wording:  Life, LIBERTY and the pursuit of Happiness - not Life, 'Love' and the pursuit of Happiness, or the pursuit of entertainment (fun).  This ecumenical world is so full of unnatural & unGodly 'love' today.  Today's love is all according to man's own wishes and ways & as God says it, it is an unnatural affection.  It is all a result of more Biblical ignorance existing in the world and in our own country than Christianity has ever seen since the Holy Bible was put into print.

With our 'way of life' changing suddenly as a result of this recent "Attack on America", and while there is still freedom to do such, we must seriously turn again to the Scriptures to see what it is that we are to pursue in our day to day pursuit of Happiness.

As Christians, do we need to be reminded that these "certain unalienable Rights" are all given to us by God?  Look around and we will see that man is trying to take these over into his control.

Life is that life that is given by God and is given only through His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. I John 5:12  Our physical life is also in God's hands, but not all Americans lives are in God's hands regarding their eternal life. I Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  This snare is the ... the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  II Timothy 2:26

Liberty is a true & glorious liberty, again it must come from God!  The liberty that has made America so famous and envious by the entire world was designed after the Liberty that God gives His children!  It IS a glorious liberty that God's children have and still have, but, sad for me to say, it WAS a glorious liberty that Americans HAD!

We see now, more than ever before, the unsaved politicians and educators in America have been given an open door to redesign America's liberty.  As I have said earlier, since America got rid of the words of God that designed our original and glorious liberty, the opportunity now exists for America to redesign it's own liberty - but this time, it will be designed by it's own words.

Over the years, America has had its own "false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in America, that they might bring us into bondage."  And, as it has been happening to Christians, it has also been happening to Americans regarding their liberty in Jesus Christ. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:  Galatians 2:4

Americans did not take heed to Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  Had America stood fast, America would still be standing strong and be under God's perfect guidance and care.

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?  The American that has enjoyed liberty for many many years is now returning again to the weak and beggarly elements as these folks are demanding the government to do almost everything for them.  From personal health & welfare to safety & personal protection - even to the point of letting the government and news media do their thinking for them, in the midst of a great freedom, Americans are choosing again to retun to bondage!

The glorious liberty that had made America so great is being exchanged for security because of the scared and gutless Americans who want the government to provide their safety instead of them protecting their own selves, as the Constitution designed.  According to Ben Franklin, those people don't deserve liberty or security!

Unfortunately,Americans will soon have neither liberty nor security!
All for the want of a gun, the Constitution, and the KJV Bible!

As Americans, we have been in this situation before - but this time around, we have no God, we will soon have no guns and we obviously don't have the guts to go back to God and guns!  There will be no revolution this time. The enemy has already snuck into our homes and has led captive silly women laden with sins away, and as a man named Benjamin Martin, who was eventually driven to war himself many years ago, said, "This 'war' will not be fought on the frontier or on some distant battlefield, but amongst us, among our homes; our children will learn of it with their own eyes.  Well, the America designed by God is near death and the America that will be reborn will not be one born of God.

This past week, we have gone from 'Attack on America', to 'America Mourns', to 'America Rebuilds', to 'America Unites'. We will soon be going to 'America Redesigned' & 'America in Bondage'.  Such a shame and unnecessary series of events, but not surprising, eh? America is just joining the ranks of those nations that have rejected God's words.   Jeremiah 6:19  Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

But, as Christians - as Bible believing Christians - we must accept the fate of this New America!  We must obey the Scriptures and continue to pray for its leaders!  If we stay in this Book, we can still have a total & complete understanding of what is happening within and to our families, with our friends in this country and those we have met around the world.

As America returns to bondage, more than ever before, we must look into this Book to search out 'what' & 'where' true happiness can be found in this new world.  That is the happiness we should be pursuing.

According to the King James Bible!

Know the Real and True God!
Psalms 144:15b  ... happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
Psalm 128:1,2 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Proverbs 16:20b  ...whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. 
Psalms 118:8 -  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
(Not in our friends, riches, self, education, science, career, etc.)
Psalms 146:5  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
This is the God who can:  1) create; 2) keep the truth forever; 3) execute judgment; 4) give food to the hungry or let them starve; 5) keep or release prisoners; 6) open eyes blinded physically and spiritually; 7) raise the those who are bowed down; 8) loveth the righteous; 9) preserve anything He wants; 10) relieve the fatherless; 11) turn the way of the wicked; 12) reign on this earth; 13) affect your body, soul & spirit. There is no other God!  Only One can be worshipped and He must be worshipped in  John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Fear God
Proverbs 28:14Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Keeps you out of trouble, keeps your fellowship close with the Lord; Keeps you serving God; keeps you out of sin; and keeps you abhorring evil, etc.  Also, we can't ever let our guard down!

Accept His Correction
Job 5:17 (17-27) Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty...
Remember God's order in regards to discipline - 1st - WORDS; 2nd - Thorn in the flesh; 3rd - the pruning knife; last - the Rod!  Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

A happy, peaceful & Godly home & family!
Psalm 127:1-5 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Lots of attack on the home from outside the home and INSIDE the home!  Don't let the devil and the world spoil the joy of your family.  Our children will not be ashamed and shall speak with the enemies in the gate ONLY if they can be homeschooled and taught the truth.

The Simplicity of a Single Authority in the King James Bible
Happiness is in the Book - From God, through Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, through that Bible!
Proverbs 3:13-18  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Have Mercy on the Poor
Proverbs 14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Are they truly poor?  Lot of folks today are not 'really' poor.  But if so, give them mercy, not hatred.
II Cor 9:9; Psalm 112:9; Prov 14:31;19:17; 21:13; 29:7

Obedience Out of Love for God
Proverbs 29:18b   ... he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Your love for God is why we follow that Book! (It also gives us a clean conscience!)

John 13:17   If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Those things are in verse 16 - pulpit humility as well as Christian humility.

Understand your Position as God's Child
Romans 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
Remember, we are dead!  It is the sin that dwelleth within us!  Get up and get going, again!

Endure Hardness as a Soldier
I also believe that this new America will make it difficult for us to pursue happiness according to God's Book - they will demand a different and perverted type of happiness - but we must endure.
James 5:11: Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
Offences will come - count on it! Matthew 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.  Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Suffer for Righteousness sake, not for stupid things, etc.
We must be willing to suffer for righteousness's sake -
I Peter 3:14-16  But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Do we even know the answers for ourselves - do we understand the situation, or do we err in our not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God ourselves?

II Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Hebrews 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
I Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
I Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
II Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Tough Times are Coming - Don't Let 'them' Steal Your Happiness in the Lord!
I Peter 4:12-16  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

If our happiness is based on God and the Book, then HE will be glorified.  If we continue to give our life to God, then we can expect things to get challenging now, but if we also give God our obedience, then He will lead us through it all!

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