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
Excerpted and adapted original message here:
 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.
Salvation? Luke 13:3; Titus 2:13, Revelation 19:11
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