Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness


I’m trading in the American Dream in favor of the Kingdom Promise: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness holiness.

Are you happy? Do you feel hopeful? Chances are pretty good these days a lot of people would answer no, or at least not very often. You may be thinking, “How could I possibly be happy and hopeful all the time when there are so many terrible things happening in my life and in the world… when I can barely pay my bills and I feel sick and tired all the time… when my life and relationships are crumbling down around me?”

That’s a good question. One I’ve asked myself many times in the past before I knew Jesus. I didn’t used to have any hope at all. In fact, I was so hopeless that I sought to take my own life on several occasions. Thank the Lord I failed. But I spent decades of my life desperately holding on, trying to get through another day on my own. And then, one day, I discovered something incredible: The Word of God. And it completely changed me.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1

As I started to read the Bible more and started striving to follow His commands as they were revealed to me, I began to notice my hope and happiness growing. The dark places inside me that once felt hollow and cold, began to fill and light up with the promises of new life.

The Kingdom Promise

One thing I’ve learned is that God always keeps His promises. All the miraculous, supernatural transformations I’ve experienced and witnessed over the past few years have made me an unshakable believer in that fact. But what exactly are these promises that have changed me from a lost and scared little girl into the confident and content woman I am today? Well, the entire Bible is filled with God’s promises to His people. Here’s just a few incredibly powerful ones I love:

  • Eternal Life {1 John 2:25}
  • Forgiveness {1 John 1:9, Colossians 2:13-14}
  • New Hearts & Desires {Ezekiel 36:26}
  • All Our Need Supplied {Philippians 4:19}
  • Peace of Mind {Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:7}
  • Victory Over Temptation {1 Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:18}
  • Strength & Perseverance in Trials {Psalm 138:7, Romans 5:3-5}
  • Deliverance from Fear {Psalm 34:4, John 14:27, 1 John 4:18}
  • The End of Suffering and Pain {Revelation 21:4}

The more we spend time in His Word, the more He reveals it to us. And in turn, the more real these promises become in our lives. Some of His promises are eternity focused, while some can happen right here and now before our eyes. One thing in particular that has dramatically changed in my life with the revelation of God’s promises, is my once obsession with the relentless pursuit of finding happiness.

Holiness Not Happiness

Our culture has become obsessed with ‘finding ourselves’ and putting our own personal happiness above all else, but especially above seeking an authentic relationship with God. This hedonistic obsession is everywhere today. Television, magazines, internet, fashion, everywhere. And I’m SO tired of all this nonsense.

All the endless pursuits of personal desire, the all consuming lust that has seeped into every aspect of our narcissistic society. I don’t want it. I fell into the trap of “finding my truth and happiness” for far too long in my twenties, but fortunately along the journey to find this elusive happy place, God intervened and I found Him instead. And guess what? I’m happy now. Because I surrendered to Him.

So you want to be happy. Who doesn’t? Being sad isn’t usually that fun. But look, I have to tell you the hard truth: You’re not going to find happiness by relentlessly chasing the pleasures of your wicked flesh and deceitful heart. That road leads to death. Stop making your life’s goal “your happiness” because it’s a trap.

You want to be happy? Start pursuing holiness. Give your life to God’s will and stop pushing your own agenda. It’s the only way you will ever actually experience a true and lasting happiness. Any “happiness” you may seem to find that is not accomplished through sanctification and your pursuit of holiness is only sin with a pretty package.

Because holiness IS happiness. It’s what our souls were made for.

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