Joy == faith. If you have faith, then you have hope… and if you have hope, you have the ability to have joy. So if you have joy, then you have hope… and you have faith. If you have a lot of joy, you have big faith… and if you have big faith, there’s no reason for you not to live in blissful joy.
Why is it that so many Christians proclaim to have faith, but yet they have no joy? Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrew 11:1). If you have the ability to hope for something, THAT hope will bring you joy as long as you maintain hope. But if you allow your hope (i.e. your faith) to waiver because you haven’t seen it manifest yet, forgetting that faith is the substance of things hoped for but not seen…so you won’t see them yet…and you allow your hope and your faith to waiver, your joy will diminish. If we are in Christ and He is in us, how can we live without joy??
I hope this didn’t confuse you. But mathematically, I am saying:
- Faith + Hope = JOY
- Hope – JOY = Faithless
If you are professing to be a Christian…if you are professing to be Christ-like…better yet if you are professing to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God, then you have to have joy.
- Kingdom Citizen ↔ Faith ↔ Hope ↔ JOY
If you are professing Kingdom Living and you don’t have joy, you might want to do a faith check.
- Kingdom Citizen – JOY != Faith
Still didn’t get it? Ok, go review the work from Algebra and Geometry. Review proofs and truth tables. You can also take a logic or coding class. Smile!
Keiyia JOYet George
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