1. Faith-filled People Always Have Joy.
It is very important to know and understand that joy is not happiness. Happiness is just biology! Happiness is caused by pleasant sensations in the body which are a reaction to some biochemical substances in the brain, -four mainly; serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins, – running around in the blood. This is when one jumps after receiving a car key on one’s birthday or dances at the sight of a huge credit alert. These sensations are very temporal. That is why after a few days when we want to talk about these events, we use the past tense like “I was so happy when I saw the car”. Joy on the other hand, is divine! It comes majorly from a place of faith. It is permanent, as long as we allow it. It doesn’t come as a result of sensations, rather, it is ever flowing from our spirit man. The Bible explains in Romans 15:13 “May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” (AMP).
When we are filled with faith in God and His words, our joy overflows and we have peace. Joy also comes because we know by faith, that God is who He is; not necessarily because He just did something for us, but because we believe that He is. King David said in Psalms 63:7 “Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.” (NLT). This is why we see a faith-filled person always joyful even in the worst situation and circumference because this joy is not a sensation triggered by events, but one that comes from the place of faith; in God and in His word.
2. Faith-filled People Seek And Please God At All Times
The Bible in Gen. 5:21-24, tells the story of a man called Enoch, how he walked with God all his years. The Book of Hebrews 11:5 also recounts this story briefly, particularly explaining what made it possible for Enoch to walk before God- Faith. From this same story of Enoch, we were taught by Apostle Paul in verse 6 of Hebrews 11 that faith helps us to please and seek God at all times, just like Enoch did. “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. (AMP).
We still have eight more points to consider as the Holy Spirit helps us. Please stay tuned as we bring you the other parts of this series. Thank you.
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