Faith Supplements – part two
We have been looking at the supplements that our faith needs. Today we will look at faith and joy. As an athlete would give his body supplements to be a peak performer, you need to realize that there are supplements to your faith that will cause you to outlast your adversaries. Peter opened our understanding on this subject.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2 Peter 1:5
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God's promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge…
New Living Translation
We are focusing on these words: Supplement your faith with a generous provision of…
I have been driving into you the importance of supplementing your faith. It needs a generous provision. In other words, ‘Don’t shortchange your faith. Take whatever is needed to keep it running smoothly.’ You see, there are things that you must have to cause your faith to operate swifter and better. In our last article, we looked at the supplement of patience. The patriarchs and the apostles knew that faith and patience were power twins, guaranteeing victory. Your faith needs the supplement of joy. There are too many miserable believers who purports to be walking by faith while at the same time are as stiff as a corpse. As faith and patience go together so does faith and joy go together. I very much like what Smith Wigglesworth said many years ago and it will be good for you to pay attention to these words:
‘God can so fill a man with His Spirit that he can laugh and believe in the face of a thousand difficulties.’
‘Real faith has perfect peace and joy and a shout at any time. It always sees the victory.’
When Lester Sumrall asked Brother Wigglesworth, ‘How do you get up in the morning?’
Wigglesworth said, ‘I jump out of bed! I dance before the Lord for at least 10 to 12 minutes – high speed dancing. I jump up and down and run around my room telling God how great he is, how wonderful He is, how glad I am to be associated with Him and to be His child.’
Far too many believers are living way below this revelation of joy. If you are not laughing at impossibilities then you have not supplemented your faith with joy. If there is no shout in you then your faith needs supplementing. If you are not leaping and dancing then you have forgotten your association with God. Where did Wigglesworth get the idea of dancing and laughing at impossibilities? He did not invent it but got it from the Bible:
At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
The great man, C.S Lewis said, ‘Joy is the serious business of heaven’. Therefore walking in faith is walking in joy. Another great man of God, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, ‘Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.’ Where faith is at work, joy is present.
Why is joy so important?
- Joy is God’s strategy for divine exploits
- Joy is heavenly strategy for miracles in the earth
- Joy is a force of the Spirit
- Joy is tool for making withdrawals from your covenantal inheritance
- Joy is the catalyst to the downloading of God’s harvest
- Joy is our strength
What comes between believing and receiving?
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Many Word-believers know this verse and so they endeavor to tough it out between believing and receiving. While many would not whine and gripe about their situation in case they abort the birth of their miracle, many have not realized that they can induce the birth of their miracle by adding joy to their believing.
You see, between believing and receiving is the ingredient of joy that is missing from many believers. Let’s see what Peter said:
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: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8, 9
You love him even though you have never seen him; though not seeing him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with the inexpressible joy that comes from heaven itself. And your further reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
The Living Bible
You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.
Between believing and receiving is joy – laughter, singing and joy that comes heaven itself. Never forget that the Word says, ‘The joy of the Lord is our strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10). This is what you need to do between your believing and receiving. Rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!
How is joy expressed?
Here are some expressions of joy that can let you know whether you are expressing joy:
- Shout of triumph and jubilation
- Jumping and leaping
- Clapping and Dancing
- Smiling and embracing
Do you have these expressions in your life?
You may say, ‘You don’t know what I am going through!If you knew what I was going through you would not be telling me to sing, laugh and dance!’ Well I am telling you as long as you keep talking like that you will not be coming out of the situation. You may ask why is it so important for me to rejoice? Let me give you four reasons:
1) Joy is your pathway to promotion
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain!
2) A lack of joy triggers desolation. A lack of joy results in a lack of harvest.
The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
Your business is not breaking through but drying up because you lack joy.
3) Laughing at famine and destruction indicates you understand your position in Christ
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
When you are rejoicing and laughing, it indicates that you finally understood your elevated position in Christ.
4) Laughing and rejoicing is the end of barrenness for you
Praise and rejoicing breaks the spirit of barrenness and spurs breakthroughs and breakouts
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
Sarah broke ninety years of barrenness by rejoicing and laughing
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Sarah who was barren called her son Isaac meaning laughter when she broke barrenness. You will break fruitlessness in your life as you engage the force of faith and joy!