Our Unalienable Rights

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The above is the first sentence of the second paragraph from The Declaration of Independence,* and it is self-evident to people, instinctively, that all men are created equal, and God is the Creator.

All men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, some of which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Still, these are not all of our unalienable rights. It is interesting to me to find the word unalienable used in so many books relating to our independence, transposed, or rather mistranslated into the word inalienable; “inalienable” means not transferable. However, “unalienable” means not to be separated, or taken away!

Someone may think, Oh well, what is the difference anyway? Unalienable means that our God-given rights are inseparable from any aspect of our lives, and was to be handed down not only to us, but to our posterity as well, while inalienable infers that the rights cease to exist with the framers and the generation of the time when the Declaration of Independence was written. Unalienable literally prevents separating our personal religious beliefs from our conscious decision regarding politics, or anything else that we pursue in our lives.

It is like this example, to hold a baseball in one’s glove is like the word inalienable, because the subject (as a single person) has possession of the baseball but he has no one to pass the baseball to. While unalienable is that the subject (as a team player) passes the baseball along to another catcher who throws it to another and so on down the line, thus, allowing the game to continue. Therefore, to hold is inalienable, and to release is unalienable.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This above is the Preamble of the Constitution, and explains the reason for the document’s construction and writing. Let us draw our attention to the phrase, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity where it is observable that this was written to highlight that Unalienable rights were to be preserved not only to that living generation, but were to be extended and secured for their Posterity which includes us today and our Posterity tomorrow.

The Declaration of Independence was written to help initiate and preserve our freedom without fears and threats from any government, to enjoy our union with the Creator and to thoroughly experience our God-given unalienable rights. The men who wrote the Declaration of Independence concluded it with this sentence: And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE [God], we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. They laid their very lives, fortunes, and honor on the line to secure for us today the Divine Providence of God’s protection.

Following is a statement of Benjamin Franklin: . . . In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room [where they were writing the Constitution] for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend or do we imagine that we no longer needed His assistance? What an amazing statement to make during the framing of our Constitution, to recall to the minds of the delegates that it was by the Divine Providence from our powerful heavenly Friend, Who is the Creator of heaven and earth, that freedom was secured so that they could continue on the course of freedom with God as their stronghold and refuge, and that they, as well as we, need His assistance in life.

Complacency and apathy towards the Declaration of Independence have been growing considerably, and it is only because of God’s grace that America is still free. I do not believe all is lost by any means, for we still have God’s blessings of liberty upon our country, and upon our very souls.

Today we do not necessarily pledge our fortunes and very lives. Rather, we simply enjoy the pledge and the fruit of their labors. Did you know that in most (not all) cases that when someone earns a fortune by hard work that their heirs usually end up spending it all by the third generation? The reason why is because they never earned it in the first place! They only enjoyed having it given to them based on the labor of others and a birthright. This is similar to Americans of today, all we have is what our founding fathers gave to us, and thankfully and with the Divine Providence of God Almighty, we still, generations later, enjoy the labors of the past as our birthright!

I heard once that if the founders of the Constitution could return today, they would be sickened by the way our country functions; however, I do not believe that for one second, they could never had fathomed that their work would still be providing the foundational principles that are upholding America all these many years hence.

We still live in the greatest country in the world because the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These great documents were founded upon allowing the Father of Lights to have His place in our hearts (without fear), so we could freely enjoy His healing Word and allow His Word to have free course, being completely unfettered by our society.

We still live in the greatest place to be examples of the love of God to the world.

We today are blessed because of God’s blessings upon America, and we do live with God in Christ in our hearts as examples of how to live as a Christian, and as Christian families.

When we secured our independence from Great Britain, America blazed the secured trail to the heart of God’s divine will for all men.

Today God thrives in the lives of His children and we can enjoy our lives with Him without fear.

Psalms 34:4:
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

His blessings that began to be multiplied with our forefathers and upon our land have continued growing even to this present day with Our Unalienable Rights in the same way that Ezekiel expressed:

Ezekiel 34:26-37:
-26: And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
-27: And the tree of the fields shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

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Psalms – Revealing Our Song in the Night

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Psalms is filled with references and revelations about Jesus Christ, detailing his coming, his conflict with the Adversary, his resurrection, and his coming with salvation. For King David, Christ was his strength and lively hope, which gave him a spiritual song in the night.

Discovering Christ in the Scriptures also gives us today, thousands of years after David, a spiritual song in the night that emanates from the heart of God and is heard in our spiritual ears and comforts our inner souls.

The song replaces fears, encourages our endeavors to walk with God, exhorts our hearts in love, and comforts our lives with the peace of God in Christ in us.

Psalms 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with {within} me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

In the daytime God gives His children lovingkindness, and in the night His song can be in our hearts. David recalls that with his new song, which blessed him throughout his nights, he could pray to the God of his life.

In the seventy-seventh Psalm, the singer and Prophet Asaph wrote:

Psalms 77:6 – I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Asaph in Psalms 77 was troubled, but then, he remembers his God-given song in night and he became blessed within his own heart.

God gives His children a song of hope, a song of deliverance, a song of spiritual inspiration and within this song we will discover that Jesus Christ is our eternal song, our symphony who harmonizes our lives with the heart of God.

In Psalms 53:4-5 we find that those who have not called upon God have “great fear, where no fear was,” because fear grows in and throughout the night for the fearful. It is God who delivers us from any and all fear, whether the fear is real or imaginary. Thankfully Psalms 34:4 states “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

To have fear is to have restraints upon our believing and receiving from God. Fear can imprison even worse than any physical prison, yet our God can deliver us from all fear as we continue looking to His healing Word and discover His love and our loving Savior Jesus Christ who gives to us a spiritual song of love that indeed will cast out all our fears and replace them with a song in the night.

I John 4:18a – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear {itself} hath torment. . .

In Mark 14:26 we read “And when they {Jesus and his disciples} had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” The timing of this hymn was one of the darkest and most fearful times in all of human history because Jesus was on his way to redeem humanity by giving his very life over to cruel tormentors and murderers on our behalf. But he and his disciples had a song in the night, which gave them strength ─ that same song is our song for it is having Jesus Christ in our hearts at all times throughout our days and nights. He is our song in the night, and God’s Word encourages us to be “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

The hymn that Jesus sang in Luke is not recorded for us, yet there can be no doubt that our song in the night is written upon our hearts. When we recall our deliverance by the generous work of our Savior we will indeed know the composer, and enjoy the spiritual songs that we sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord, it is as wonderful as the hymn Jesus sang with his disciples. It is a song of thankfulness and praise with joy to know that Jesus Christ, the inspiration of “Our Song in the Night” is in our hearts.

Deliverance

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears– Psalms 34:4. One of the major fears that we can be completely delivered from is the fear that God is not real. The fear of life simply ending without God can be excruciating and even horrifying; however, God can and will deliver us from this fear, for we are among those who have sought the Lord, we are among those whom He has heard, and we are among those whom He has delivered from all our fears. Praise God!” ~LMJ~

The Start of a Great Day (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Recognizing God via a morning prayer brings gladness and joy into our lives because we have invited Him into our lives ― early, before heading out into the world. When we walk with God and become aware that He is with us from our waking moments, being thankful for even the simple things in life, such as for the air we breathe, then we will become ever more cognizant and in tune to realize that the LORD our God indeed made this day to be enjoyed by His children.

Psalms 5:1–3:
-1: GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditations.
-2: Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
-3: My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

David, in praying says directly to God consider my meditations. He is asking God to take notice that he has meditated, as David’s thoughts were upon the Scriptures and his belief in the promises of God for a wonderful day. Then he further asks God to hear the voice of his cry. This does not mean that King David was a “cry baby” but a man in need (as we all are when we look to God’s help and deliverance throughout the day). David’s voice was humble, solemn, and constant in the morning for God to hear his prayer.

King David set a wonderful example for believers to follow; to remember our God in the morning starts our day’s journey off with God in our hearts, thus commencing for you and me The Start of a Great Day.

Inviting God first in the morning into our day’s journey by way of our prayers can set the pattern for the whole day, for it will be a day to enjoy the blessings of God in our life. The phrase, and will look up illustrates a twofold meaning. First, David would look to God Who answers prayer, and secondly, because David prayed, he would be looking up (or out) for the blessings of God that he prayed for in the morning to return to him throughout his day.

Time spent with God in the morning is always fruitful and permits the mind of the Christian to believe that he or she is walking with God; this comforts men and women who will then be able to acknowledge that this day will be filled with great expectations of deliverance in victorious living as God’s children.

Psalms 143:8–9:
-8: Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee {in prayer}.
-9: Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. {What a wonderful prayer offered in the rousing moments of David’s new day; the day which the LORD hath made!}

David confessed to God, I flee unto thee to hide me because David understood that in the LORD his God, in fellowship with Him, there was safety to be found away from his enemies, and an inner peace to be thoroughly enjoyed in each and every day.

From time to time, there are spiritual forces inspiring evil men to set themselves against the believers, and therefore David knowing this prayed (as we can) that his God would hide me, that He would watch over David from the beginning of his day with lovingkindness in the morning. True, “They {antagonists with evil-inspired intentions} have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones” (Psalms 83:3), and yet David not only prayed for a wonderful day knowing that evil waited for him at every turn, but because he prayed, he was enabled to experience days full of joy because his God was with him. David knew this because he prayed, for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way {in this day} wherein I should walk.

David wrote, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalms 138:8–10). David knew that wherever his daily path would lead him, he had his God with him even when he was encompassed by his enemies, unknown dangers, or unseen catastrophes.

David knew: Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me!

Psalms 91:1–2:
-1: HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
-2: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

This Psalm begins with the word HE, and HE is the Author of the Scriptures, the Author is God, God is Spirit, and God’s Spirit is sending out an unrestricted invitation to come and dwell with Him. God is conversing in this first verse to enlighten the heart dear to Him who accepts His invitation and then begins following His guidance to receive the blessings that are revealed to believers. To dwell is to be at peace immersed in quietude of heart over what the Scriptures identify as the secret place of the most High.

This place is in a state of peace between the most High and the person who accepts, remains, and appreciates the serenity tendered through this offer. The secret place is what I like to call, the sweet spot of life, where one walks with God through His Son, who “is our peace” (Ephesians 3:14), and knows this to be true in his heart. This is known and enjoyed because the believer is benefiting from daily blessings along with an unparalleled relationship of fellowship with God in Christ Jesus, giving each believer evermore reasons to abide with Him.

The most High is the Possessor of heaven and earth and He is the dispenser of blessings to the dweller in His secret place.

Abide under the shadow of the Almighty is not that bad of a concept when you think about it because the Almighty’s true brilliance is that of being perfect light, as we read in I John 1:5, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Therefore, being under the shadow of the Almighty is very enlightening and uplifting to the soul and as the Psalmist wrote “in thy light {in God’s light} shall we see light” (Psalms 36:9).

To abide is first being in and then remaining in a state of fellowship with the most High.

“The fear {respect and honour} of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide {ABIDE} satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23).

Under the shadow also means to be shaded from the heat that rises up from the pressures of life which can oftentimes overwhelm and melt away one’s hopes and dreams, all the while he or she that is abiding under the shadow is enjoying the sweet fellowship of being under a peaceful covenant of graceful living in thankfulness with the Almighty.

The Almighty is the giver of all grace because He is “the God of all grace” (I Peter 5:10), as He is the All-bountiful supplier to those who walk with Him in their hearts.

Psalms 84:11–12:
-11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
-12: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

II Corinthians 9:8:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Above, in verse 1 of Psalms 91 is a brilliant reflecting pool of understanding, in that as one begins walking with God in His secret place, then the recipient of the Author’s blessings comes to know that the LORD is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

The reason why we know and believe this to be true in our hearts is because we have been dwelling in the secret place of the most High, fellowshipping with Him, and as a result are abiding under the shadow of the Almighty!

Psalms 18:2–3:
-2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. {In this verse we read of eight wonderful attributes that the LORD became to the Psalmist, eight qualities that He desires to also be for you. He can be your rock, your fortress, your deliverer, your God, your strength ― and in His strength you will trust, and He can become ― your buckler, your salvation, and your high tower where the views are always spectacular!}
-3: I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. {If there ever was a dire time and age where these promises of God can be claimed in Christ’s name to great advantage, this is certainly that time! “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble” (Psalms 37:39).}

Psalms 9:9:
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalms 27:5:
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalms 62:8:
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him {in prayer}: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalms 31:19–21:
-19: Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear {reverence and respect} thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
-20: Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
-21: Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

Psalms 32:7:
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalms 46:1:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalms 119:114:
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

Taking the time to start our day with God, taking a moment to perhaps read a verse or two (like these above or some of your favorites), and meditating on them before we enter out into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to set a little time aside to pray in the morning will indeed bring great things to pass in our lives.

Whenever trouble, danger, or fear arises, the average instinct is to recoil, withdraw, and become encased in fear, but with God in our lives we are encouraged to continue standing with Him on His promises. This is the meaning of God not only being your refuge, but also His setting you “in a large place,” or up upon a rock.

Even when you are out there and exposed, God is with you, you who have called upon Him. “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalms 34:4), and thus, even though David was out there ― he was safe. “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me” (Psalms 118:5–6).

David in summing up the 5th Psalm shows to us the joys and blessings that can travel with us throughout the day as we permit God into our life.

Psalms 5:11–12:
-11: But let all those that put their trust in thee {God} rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them {God covers and protects us with grace}: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. {In this one verse alone we have the words, rejoice, joy, and joyful; this is the result from permitting God and His healing Word into our lives.}
-12: For thou, LORD wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. {The shield that compasses us is God’s loving favor upon His children as He watches over them.}

Whenever we read such powerful promises such as – God will defend those who trust in Him and that He will equip them with a shield and that they may experience this while being accompanied with heavenly joy – it is such an awesome blessing. Yet, for so many confessing Christians, these promises seem to be so distant from their present reality.

You and I can expect to have a great day with meaningful purpose as we take time to acknowledge our God by reading His Word and in our prayer life, as this forms a loving bond and relationship that will last through eternity.

The link that bridges the gap between the promises of God and one’s receiving them is coming to understand what it is to actually have and know the certainty of the living Christ in one’s life as he leads believers to God and His promises.

Mark 1:35:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he {Jesus} went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus, a great while before day, took the time to be alone with his thoughts, to be alone with God, and to pray for his day. This set the pattern for a wonderful day at the very start.

When we follow the example of Jesus, we will increase our believing trust in our God, and this will help us to recognize that God is always with us. Remembering that we are God’s children is easier as we acknowledge Him and place the promises of His Word in our hearts ― in the early hours.

Jesus Christ has given you and me permission to use his name in our prayers to God, as he taught us in the Gospels, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23). You see, Jesus’ name is as a golden thread that connects our hearts to the Father’s, and His promised treasures of whatsoever ye shall ask!

Jesus took the time to explain to just one man the way to God’s heart, the way to His secret place, and this is it: “Jesus saith unto him {Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Today this way is still open and readily available to you and me; it is through Christ who said, I am the way, for he is the hope of life everlasting and our entrance into the loving arms of our heavenly Father.

I Peter 5:10 reads that, “the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by {through} Christ Jesus,” for he is, as he confessed, the way that leads men and women to God’s eternal glory! “Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7), because “Jesus Christ is Lord {he is the Lord because he is the way}, to the glory of God” (Philippians 2:11).

As Jesus told Thomas that he was the way, he still is the way for us, individually, as we are all personally invited into the glorious “household of God.”

Ephesians 2:18–19:
-18: For through him {through Jesus Christ} we both {you and me} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
-19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

Whenever a believer is having trouble finding their way to God, His loving embrace, and His refuge from the storms of this life, we always encourage him or her to try going with Jesus by following his lead through the Scriptures, as he taught, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). The more one sees and recognizes Jesus in the Word, the more clearly he or she will see the Father and the easier it becomes to believe in God’s awarded promises.

Jesus is the “author and finisher” of their personal faith, as his faith can help carry the load he or she has been trying to carry alone.

Ephesians 3:12:
In whom {in Christ} we have boldness and access {to approach God and His promises} with confidence by the faith of him.

Hebrews 12:2:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Jesus is already there at God’s side, seated at His right hand, therefore, Jesus who is the way, is our guide, and he blazed the trail for us to follow him into daily victorious living.}

Matthew 11:28–30:
-28: Come unto me, {Jesus pronounced to} all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Coming to personally know Jesus Christ certainly leads to the open doors of an amazing, spiritual abundance and insights and heavenly gifts that we can believe and pray for and receive in Jesus Christ’s powerful name.

John 14:12–14:
-12: Verily, verily, I {Jesus Christ} say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father {and he has, and so we can ― do}.
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Christ Jesus is our connecting point to the God of heaven and His promises. You see, God’s will is to, “have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:4–6).

It certainly is due time to testify of our loving Savior and of his powerful name, because he is our mediator to heaven’s throne, to God Himself, which is the knowledge of the truth.

Jesus commenced his day with prayer; we are also instructed to pray in his name because he is the master key to ensure The Start of a Great Day!