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Feelings vs. Faith


From the archives of Oral Roberts

Everyone has experienced discouragement. You may have wondered if being a Christian means that you should feel wonderful all the time. But let me tell you that Christians don’t live by feelings! The Bible teaches that “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Feelings are fickle…they can change all the time and they will betray you. Your mood may fluctuate with the weather, your environment, your health, or your circumstances. I cannot say that just because you’re a Christian you’re going to feel wonderful all the time.

However, Jesus has promised you His joy! John 15:11 says “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” His joy is not a fleeting, transitory emotion that the world calls happiness or fun. The joy of the Lord is a deep, enduring assurance that provides you with a contentment that doesn’t fade in the midst of trying circumstances or struggles.

That’s because true Christian joy is based on faith. Faith stands up to rugged everyday living. No one is immune from troubles, from financial or physical reverses; but you can have confidence that even though troubles come, they can never go beyond the control of God.

Deuteronomy 33:27 says, “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” You can have a sustaining joy in knowing that God is your refuge in any time of trouble, and His everlasting arms are beneath you!

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Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts, B.A., M.A., D.Min., is the Chairman and CEO of Richard Roberts Ministries and has dedicated his life to ministering the saving, healing, delivering power of Jesus Christ around the world.

His services are marked with supernatural miracles and healings and by a tremendous move of the Spirit. Today, Richard focuses on his Greater Works international pastors conferences where he teaches and trains pastors in underdeveloped nations to take the full gospel with miracles, healing and signs following to their villages, cities, and nations, as Jesus said in John 14:12.