Discerning Between Joy and Happiness
Don’t Worry—Be Happy!
Can happiness be developed by an act of the will?
We seek happiness and some have the misconception that it's an inalienable right of Americans - the Declaration of Independence is misquoted - 'THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS' isn't the same as guaranteeing 'happiness.' 
But the thing itself, as elusive as it may be, is often regarded as something involuntary. There is a difference between happiness and the joy that we discover in Christ. If we are serving God without joy, it could be that there's something wrong with that service.
With the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing ... their love, hatred and envy is now perished; neither have they any portion in any thing that is done under the sun. Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts thy works. Ecclesiastes 9:4-7
If joy is not characteristic in our lives, it may be a sign that we are not Christians at all. Psalm 30:5, Psalm 43:4, Philippians 4:4
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 What did the US founding fathers mean by 'pursuit of happiness'?
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness did not mean you have the right to happiness ...the Declaration of Independence, happiness was about an individual’s contribution to society rather than pursuits of self-gratification.
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Proverbs 31:10, 28; Matthew 13:46
2-12-21, When we look at the truth of God and His requirement for salvation we realize there's only two 'religions.' WORKS or FAITH': Whether it be Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism that all preach doing certain 'works' to achieve forgiveness and eternal life with God; OR FAITH: repentance and trust in the finish work of Jesus living for Him. Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:36.
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
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