Have you ever thought "If I could be perfectly free, I would be happy; I would have peace?"
Many people have sought complete freedom in order to have happiness and peace. People
desire to be free of all restraints, somehow believing that if they could do just as they please,
this would bring happiness. DOES IT?
The laughter and carefree atmosphere in the dim light of the bar appeals to many with their
promise of happiness. Young people with six packs, cigarettes, cars and all night to indulge
with their companions feel assured of happiness.
These settings don't provide the peace and happiness people are seeking.
Beyond this is drug use, Marijuana, hallucinatory drugs, and crack promise wonderful "Highs".
Surely, you think, this would bring happiness, and with that happiness, peace. DO THEY?
Modern music which penetrates mind and body works together with alcohol and drugs to bring
more highs. This does not bring real HAPPINESS either.
Indulging sexually to the fullest extent of human lust with no thought of self-restraint offers
promise of fulfillment. It only brings an emptiness and disappointment. No, happiness is not
In our time many are promoting the thought that in these and other areas we should be
completely free to do just as we please. They believe that there should be no law, no stigma,
no ill feelings for the one who indulges in these gratifications in his/her pursuit of happiness
and peace. It is thought that total freedom ought to bring peace and happiness. Happiness is
always to be found, they advocate, in yet another indulgence, another high of some kind.
Surely, you may think, if I am seeking only happiness I will not be held responsible for
whatever may be the result of my actions. You may feel that you are entitled to your fair share
In view of the risks involved in such indulgences some popular cautions are given:
DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE; CRACK MAY KILL YOU; PRACTICE SAFE SEX or
IF PREGNANT, ABORTION IS AN ALTERNATIVE.
This advice is not the remedy.
If happiness is to be found in these way, why the lonely feelings in the crowded bar? Why the
low after the high? Why the uneasy feelings after the indulgence? Why the letdown feeling
after the intimate relationship breaks off?
If indulgence brings happiness and peace, why do they always seem to be just beyond your
grasp? Why so many problems and why does life seems so empty?
Self-indulgence is not true freedom. It will never bring happiness or peace. Self-indulgence is
sin because it is service to self instead of service to God and mankind.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-29, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in
heart, and you will find rest for your souls".
How is it with you? Do you feel uneasy and troubled? Do the problems in the world and in your
relationships cause you anxiety, guilt, and fear? Do you sometimes wonder if anybody really
loves and cares for you?
Be assured God does love you. He is keenly interested that you find peace, freedom, and
happiness. True peace comes not in indulging more, but in giving up yourself.
Yielding yourself to God and trusting Him brings rest to your soul.
John 14:27....Jesus says: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you.
Come to Him with all your heart. Give to Him your past, present, and future. Repent of the
empty, wasted life you have been living. Only Jesus Christ can give you true freedom, true happiness, true peace, and true love. You will have hope for the future and the promise of eternal life if you will remain faithful.
Where are you waiting for ? This is the real thing.
Remember, life is very short..... where are you going to spent eternity?
Please, read the article "Peace With God" , which will help you to take the next step.
FREE AS THE BIRDS
To sing a song, to praise His Name
cause we're so mighty glad He came
He took our sins, He carried our share
He set us free and taught us His prayer
Now fly as a free bird and let your light shine bright
so people will recognize Jesus and glorify His Might