The Blessings of Liberty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

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 is the opening statement of the Constitution* (sometimes called the Preamble), and states the reason for the Constitution’s formation and writing.

I would like to highlight and discuss the phrase and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. There are people who are trying to separate God out from the Constitutional laws and Amendments of the United States, thinking that one does not fit with the other. But I ask you to logically consider the following concept with me. Who can really imagine that Blessings of Liberty could come from any other source than from God? Yes, basic liberties can be appreciated by having the assurance of Government and State protections; however, Blessings of Liberty do not come from man, or from the Devil, or from the framers of the Constitution, nor from the Government of today, nor do they appear out of thin air. Rather Blessings of Liberty can only come from our God, and there is no doubt that the framers of the Constitution earnestly pursued the securing of our Blessings of Liberty without governmental interference for generations to come.

“. . . I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . .” Spoken by Benjamin Franklin during the Constitutional convention of 1787, as recalled and written by Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the Constitution from New Jersey who was the youngest member participating at the convention, being 27 years young.

II Corinthians 3:17:
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Ephesians 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all {ALL} spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Blessings of Liberty are spiritual; they are gifts from our loving God, and that is the plain and simple truth! The more we recognize from where our God-given Blessings of Liberty emanate, the greater our spiritual union with God grows. God’s spiritual endowments literally allow His blessings and love to extend out even to the non-Christian.

John 3:16, begins with these words, “For God so loved the world”; the verse does not say that God just loves the Christians, or the Jews, or any other specific group, but He loves the world. Jesus said in Luke 6:35 that God “is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil,” as God’s blessings, kindness, and love are extended to beyond what we so often imagine, just as the forefathers incorporated and preserved these same qualities in the Constitution for all of the citizens of America. For an example of God’s kindness and blessings, we read in the Book of Genesis at the time when Joseph was in Egypt that not only did the families of Israel prosper and flourish as they arrived in their new country, but all of the Egyptians did as well (who were considered unbelievers). In fact, because of the believers living in Egypt, Egypt became the most prosperous country in the world. This is not unlike America today because God lives within the hearts of believers, and the Father of Lights indeed blesses our country, and this is what our Constitution secures for us, for our children, and for future generations.

The Blessings of Liberty guaranteed and protected by the Constitution is so much more than a written blueprint for forming and maintaining a working government, it was formed in the spirit of liberty. The Constitution: “Renders therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s {the things in the political sphere that inspire and protect the Blessings of Liberty for we the people}; and unto God the things that are God’s {safeguarding the moral and spiritual rights of protection and the Blessings of Liberty for we the people}” (Matthew 22:21).

The Constitution was written to secure that we the people may enjoy our unalienable rights without oppression from the powers that be. The Constitution was formulated to guarantee our free rights to have God in every aspect of our lives and to walk boldly and openly without external pressures. As a result, an atheist can appreciate, or at least gaze upon, blessings of liberty that mysteriously sprout out of thin air or from the government, while a believer may experientially enjoy all the wonders of the Blessings of Liberty that are explicitly given from the loving hands of the blessed God and Creator of heaven and earth.

Psalms 33:12:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

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A More Excellent Way (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

But covet earnestly the best gifts is the way that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying the opposite; sure you can try your hardest (and covet earnestly) to get the best spiritual gifts, yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Paul was writing to an entire church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, a more excellent way. This way is the way of love, to conduct our lives with charity as the following verses in chapter 13 then explain. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because living with the love of God in our hearts is the best way to enjoy life and experience happiness.

The basis for Paul explaining to the believers that there is a more excellent way goes back to verse 27–31 of I Corinthians chapter 12, which shows some of the gifts that the believers in the church were coveting, thus prompting Paul’s discourse.

I Corinthians 12:27–30:
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
-28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
-29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
-30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

This section of Scripture first states that we are the body of Christ and then that we are members in particular in that body. Each believer is unique within the body and each has a special place that is tailor-made for him or her with room to grow. As Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” It is this more excellent way of God’s love that allows room to grow and enjoy life as God intended for His children.

Then within this body, there are some ministries given by God in Christ Jesus, such as Apostles and Prophets and Teachers. Also, some believers in the body work miracles very well, such as ministering healing to others. As well, there are others in the body who are very diverse in the use of additional spiritual gifts and manifestations that have been supplied by God’s grace to help us walk with Him and with each other.

The verses above are not a shopping list from which we can pick and choose the ones we personally want to have; rather, God set some, i.e., God gives to His children what is needed at the appropriate time and in the proper measure to supply whatever would fit the spiritual need within the body of Christ. Paul is saying that when and where believers simply conduct their lives in love, they will then have tapped into the more excellent way as God supplies to His church (the body of Christ) the best and most needed gifts, which will be received effortlessly and enjoyed by all.

I Corinthians chapter 13 begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity. The love of God (charity) is the more excellent way because it will bring the most needed and “best gifts” right to you at the appropriate time and in the right measure. The chapter unfolds to the believers the more excellent way with explanations of some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6: {Charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Iniquity means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who wronged us in some way in the past now going through a hard time and we think, “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or finding satisfaction with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God. This is because charity thinketh no evil.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing ― abundantly. I Corinthians 13:8 reads, “Charity never faileth” when active in one’s life. Now, how often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never!

How do Christians avoid being failures? Charity never faileth. When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, charity never faileth.

Our loving, heavenly Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way and learn to be loving, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly fulfil your God-given talents and gifts as you continue rejoicing in the truth, for you will have tapped into a new spiritual love that will never fail you, for it is God’s more excellent way.

I Peter 4: 8–11 (The Amplified Bible):**
-8: Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
-9: Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
-10: As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
-11: Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Jesus Took So We Could Look Him Straight in the Eyes

“Jesus took our sins and shortcomings to his cross in order to present you and me to God as those who are now saved. When we look to Jesus with a believing heart in expectation to receive, we will find the true spiritual presence and presents that God gives. God now sets this daily joy before us at the table of life, and all the Word requests is for us to believe to receive, and it is our joy to enjoy by looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).” ~LMJ~

Haggai – Revealing Our Desire

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Haggai, Jesus Christ is the desire of all nations, who brings glory into the house of God by his very presence. In Haggai’s day, Christ, the coming Messiah, was their hope in whom they anticipated coming to rebuild the temple.

For the Christian believer, Jesus Christ is our desire who has come and now abides within our hearts showing us the glory and praise of God.

Haggai 2:7 – And I {God} will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

The word “shake” in the Hebrew Text often represents a vigorous shaking of heaven and earth because of the power of God, but it also represents a shaking that would bring about something new and exciting. Here in Haggai “shake” represents the newness of life we have in Christ, who can fulfil the desire of our searching hearts. It is an innate quality of life to look for God because without Him, men and women will always know something is missing and that “something” is their spirituality with God in Christ in their lives.

However, when we accept Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior, then we will receive spiritual wholeness and know that we have received it from God and His healing Word (Matthew 5:6, John 4:14).

 Luke 10:22-24:
-22: All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
-23: And he {Jesus} turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
-24: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seem them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Today, not only can we discover Jesus Christ within the Old Testament Scriptures, we can discover him spiritually alive within our own souls, and he reveals the heavenly Father to anyone who genuinely quests for spirituality.

Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets and kings searched diligently throughout the Scriptures and found mere shadows of what we today have in God through Christ, because Jesus Christ did come, he did deliver, and he now does reveal to searching believers their divine inheritance in God’s family.

Ephesians 1:11-14:
-11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
-12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth {that even the prophets and kings of old never heard}, the gospel of your salvation {Romans 10:9-10}: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise {our gift from God of holy spirit},
-14: Which {promised holy spirit} is the earnest {an “earnest” is a token of so much more to come when Christ returns} of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession {you and I are the purchased possession}, unto the praise of his glory.

Today we have the praise of God Himself because we have searched for and discovered Jesus Christ and he has shown us how to walk with God.

Walking with God in His love is revealed to us in ever increasing splendor because Jesus Christ reveals spiritual knowledge to us, fulfilling Our Desire to know Him Who created all things, and Who loves us so much.

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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