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Joy in Believing

Hebrews 12:1-2
   Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
   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.

Believing is having confidence and trust in information received to the end that you act upon it.

   We have the believing of Old Testament believers listed in chapter 11 as an example.  In Chapter 12 we have the greater example of the believing of Jesus Christ who is "the beginner and finisher of believing."  He believed God all the way.  He always did the Word of God, even when it was difficult (crucifixion), for the joy that was set before him.  He looked to the future.  He focused on the goal.  And he walked with great joy knowing that which would be accomplished by believing God.

   Joy is an "inside job."  Joy is absolutely not dependent upon the circumstances that surround us.  Jesus Christ was not "happy" about having to be beaten, crucified, and killed;  but he endured the cross for the joy that was set before him.  We walk, even in great tribulation, by focusing our attention on that which is to come.  Believing has a relationship to hope.  As we act upon God's Word with our eyes on the return of Christ there is joy in believing.

There is joy in learning God's Word.

Jeremiah 15:16
   Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart; for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

   There is joy in believing as we receive God's wonderful Word.  Jeremiah was beaten, jailed, and even at one point, placed in a pit of dung.  Yet when he found God's Word he had joy.  He ate the words of God.  He lived off the Word.  He had joy and rejoicing in his heart.  The outward circumstances were not pleasant - but on the inside he had joy in believing.

There is joy in fellowship with God and with other believers.

1 John 1:3-4
   That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us:  and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
   And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Psalm 16:11
   Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Philippians 2:2
   Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

   Acting with believing on the Word of God includes maintaining fellowship with God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and with other believers.  In the presence of God (walking in fellowship with the Father) is fullness of joy.  Likemindedness includes walking in the love of God, having unity of purpose, and having the same thoughts (the Word of God.) There is joy in likeminded believing.

There is joy in loving the Lord Jesus Christ and looking toward his return.

1 Peter 1:6-8
   Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations;
   That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
   Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

   Joy in believing is absolutely not dependent upon the outward circumstances.  Even though for a time we may go through heaviness and temptation, as we believe God and walk loving the Lord Jesus Christ and focusing on his appearing we rejoice with joy unspeakable.
   The trial of your faith (believing) is compared to gold purified by fire.  When gold is purified in a furnace that which is not pure is separated from the gold.  The pure Word of God is brought to the surface as we continue to walk upon it even though the outward circumstances are negative.  There is joy unspeakable in believing.

There is joy in giving to meet the needs of the believers.

2 Corinthians 8:1-4
   Moreover, brethren, we do you to with of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
   How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
   For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
   Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

   The believers in Macedonia were not rich (in fact they were in great poverty.)  They had received the Word of God in much affliction.  Having joy in believing is absolutely not dependent upon your outward circumstances.  Yet, these believers had abundance of joy in sending financial help to the believers and begged Paul to receive their gift.  There is great joy in believing.

There is joy in receiving and operating the gift of holy spirit.

1 Thessalonians 1:5-6
   For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
   And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

   Joy is an inside job that comes from believing the Word and manifesting the power of the holy spirit that God has given to us.  It is absolutely not dependent upon the outward circumstances.  The believers in Thessalonica received God's Word in much affliction yet they received it with joy that comes from the operation of holy spirit.  Walking a spiritual walk, believing God's Word and manifesting holy spirit, results in fruit of the spirit which includes joy.

Galatians 5:22
   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, . . .

   There is joy in believing as we walk in the spirit.

There is joy in prayer as we remember the believing of others.

Philippians 1:3-5
   I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
   Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
   For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

1 Thessalonians 3:9
   For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

   There is joy in believing as we remember the believers in our prayers.

There is joy in the believing of others.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
   For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?  Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
   For ye are our glory and joy.

3 John 1:4
   I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

   We believe God and walk with our eyes focused on the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Part of our hope is knowing that those who have believed as a result of our witness will also be present at his coming.  Their presence at the return of Christ and their walk in the Word of God we have taught them brings great joy to our hearts.  There is joy in believing and there is joy in the believing of others.

There is joy in being with other believers.

Romans 15:32
   That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

2 Timothy 1:3-4
   I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day:
   Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

2 John 1:12
   Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

   There is joy in being likeminded with other believers and walking in fellowship with them.  There is fullness of joy in sharing the Word with each other - face to face.  Joy in believing is joy to share!

   We believe God by taking action on the Word of God while focused on the hope of Christ's return.  We manifest holy spirit and walk in fellowship with God and He fills us with all joy and peace in believing.

Romans 15:13
   Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

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