The state or quality of being happy; the pleasurable experience that springs from possession or the gratification of desires; enjoyment. Happiness is a human condition made possible when human appetites are satisfied. Happiness is in the human sense only temporary. Everyone knows that money can’t buy happiness yet most folk go about attempting to make it so. Wine, women, song and possessions quickly lose their ability to satisfy, yet man who feels the void within continually attempts it. Some people turn to religion in the hope that their admitted piety and effort will suffice to quell the deep-seated longing. What is often confused is the fact that happiness is the result of the satisfaction of a human appetite while what their feeling inside is the longing for spiritual peace and joy. One is terribly mistaken to look to the world or its systems to satisfy a spiritual need; they are consummate counterfeiters and will give you spiritual junk food when what is needed is spiritual nourishment. However, there is one who gives peace and joy: He is Jesus Christ, God in the flesh (Philippians 2:5-8) (John 14:27). He offers no system or method of improvement, only His gift (Ephesians 2:8). His gift does not have a 30 day money back guarantee, costs you nothing and lasts for eternity (John 3:16). He asks only that you receive His gift by faith (Hebrews 12:2, Romans 1:17, 10:17) and repent (Luke 5:32). Is it not instructive that the world system consumes billions of dollars annually from those buying brief happiness, who having consumed their purchase, remain restless, hungering and searching? That same world system encourages, celebrates and admires diverse religions of every description, from every remote quarter, regardless of its primitive, vile or wicked philosophy. However, governments, high social circles and religionists routinely forbid Jesus Christ. Why is that? (John 15:18-27). Friends, peace and joy satisfies much better that temporary happiness. Consider these words of Reverend Beverly Tucker Lacy, “Stonewall” Jackson’s Chaplain, “…there are but three channels that the passions of man led him – wealth, power and luxury…But it availeth nothing. Wealth cannot purchase exemption from the hand of death, power cannot repel it, and the halls of luxury are ever open to his entrance.”