Thursday, April 14, 2016
Bible Questions Answered:
“...when I watch these people, talking, laughing and socializing, I can't help but look at their faces and see how really lonely, and unhappy they really are...”
Shelia/ Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A.
Oh how our systems of navigation have changed over the years. From the compass, to the Sextant and Clock to todays G.P.S. (Global Positioning System).
Yet, there is something that never changes and that is the Word Of The Lord. Yes, even stars change their courses over enough time. But chart and guide of the church of The Lord Jesus Christ, is His immutable Word.
James 1:17 KJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from
The Father Of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Clocks may run irregular, cloudy skies may prevail, and satellites may fizzle, and yet
The Word Of The Lord, never fails!
The Word, alone is a guide to be trusted.
Happiness Of The World:
Proverbs 14:13 KJV
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
Ecclesiastes 2:1-3,11 NLT
1 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless.
2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?”
3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.
11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
As Christian People, We Have A Heavenly Guide To Happiness:
Psalm 25:9 KJV
The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way.
Psalm 31:3 KJV
For thou art my Rock and my Fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
Psalm 32:8 I KJV
will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.
Psalm 48:14 KJV
For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.
Psalm 73:24 KJV
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
Psalm 78:52,72 KJV
52 But made His own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
72 So He fed them according to the integrity of His heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of His hands.
Isaiah 58:11 KJV
And The Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Jeremiah 3:4 KJV
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto Me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth?
Luke 1:78,79 KJV
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby The Dayspring From On High hath visited us,
79 To give Light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into
The Way of peace.
John 16:13 KJV
Howbeit when He, The Spirit Of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.
What Does Our Guide Tell Us About Happiness?
Psalm 1:1,2 NLT
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of The Lord, meditating on it day and night.
Psalm 1:1,2 NCV
1 Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go who don’t do what evil people do.
2 They love The Lord’s teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night.
Psalm 1:1,2 NRSV
1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of The Lord, and on His law they meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:1,2 YLT
1 O the happiness of that one, who Hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked. And in the way of sinners hath not stood, And in the seat of scorners hath not sat;
2 But -- in the law of Jehovah [is] his delight, And in His law he doth meditate by day and by night:
True Happiness Is The Result Of Having A Right Relationship With
Psalm 5:11 KJV
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psalm 16:11 KJV
Thou wilt shew me The Path Of Life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 21:1 KJV
The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Psalm 27:6 KJV
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto The Lord.
Psalm 30:5 KJV
For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is Life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 32:11 KJV
Be glad in The Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 35:9,27 KJV
9 And my soul shall be joyful in The Lord: it shall rejoice in His salvation.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let The Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
Psalm 43:4 KJV
Then will I go unto The Altar Of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Psalm 51:12 KJV
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.
Psalm 63:5 KJV
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
Psalm 67:4 KJV
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Psalm 81:1 KJV
Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto The God Of Jacob.
Psalm 89:15 NLT
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in The Light Of Your Presence, Lord.
Psalm 95:1,2 KJV
1 O come, let us sing unto The Lord: let us make a joyful noise to The Rock Of Our Salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.
Psalm 98:4,6 KJV
4 Make a joyful noise unto The Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before The Lord, The King.
Psalm 100:1 KJV
Make a joyful noise unto The Lord, all ye lands.
Psalm 105:43 KJV
And He brought forth His people with joy, and His chosen with gladness:
Psalm 126:1-6 KJV
1 When The Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
3 The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Psalm 132:9,16 KJV
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
Psalm 144:15 KJV
"...Happy is that people, whose God is The Lord.
Psalm 149:2,5 NLT
2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
5 Let the faithful rejoice that He honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
Proverbs 14:21 KJV
"...he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Proverbs 16:20 KJV
"...whoso trusteth in The Lord, happy is he.
Proverbs 28:14 KJV
""whoso trusteth in The Lord, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18 KJV
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Isaiah 12:3 KJV
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 29:19 KJV
The meek also shall increase their joy in The Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in
The Holy One Of Israel.
Isaiah 35:10 KJV
And the ransomed of The Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 49:13 KJV
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for The Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted.
Isaiah 51:3,11 KJV
3 For The Lord shall comfort Zion (God's people): He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of The Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
11 Therefore the redeemed of The Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Isaiah 55:12 KJV
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isaiah 61:3,10 KJV
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of The Lord, that He might be glorified.
10 I will greatly rejoice in The Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
John 16:33 KJV
These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Romans 14:17 KJV
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in
The Holy Ghost.
Romans 15:13 KJV
Now The God Of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of The Holy Ghost.
Galatians 5:22,23 KJV
22 But the fruit of The Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Colossians 1:11-14 KJV
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,
12 always thanking The Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in The Light.
13 For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His Dear Son,
14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
I Peter 1:7,8 KJV
7 "...the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1 John 1:4 KJV
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Jude 1:24,25 KJV
24 Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before
The Presence Of His Glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.