December 7, 2020

Be joyful in Hope - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved,  I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Romans12:12. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

From the above context we learn that Apostle Paul composed a lengthy letter to the Roman Church that addressed every issue that is so vital to living a life pleasing to God.  And in the   verse given above, we are encouraged to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer. 

To rejoice in hope is to have that unfaltering assurance in God’s Word. And  that our hope of glory is secured for us in heavenly places, simply because God’s Word is true and cannot be broken. Our hope is built on nothing less than trusting in the cross of Christ and taking God at His Word.  God wants us  to be patient in tribulation,  that is to realize  that in this world we will have tribulation,  but to wait patiently in our suffering, without murmurings,  and to be of good cheer, knowing that His strength is sufficient to see us through every difficult  situation of our life.

As children of God we should be instant in prayer, lifting our hearts to the Lord in prayer, and giving Him thanks and praise in the name of JESUS – knowing that greater is He that is in us, than He that is in the world. May the Lord help us to exercise Paul’s instructions for godly living, so that we too may live a life that is pleasing to the Lord, so that Christ can be seen in us.   

God expects you to rejoice with hope that good things will happen after experiencing a dry season in your life. Dry season, indicates continuous failure in your life. As a result, you go through a time of trial. God will change such a situation and help you see a life of prosperity when you hope rejoicing, and endure your trials patiently, and pray with perseverance, for prayer will strengthen the faith in you.  

Paul directs us to be joyful, patient and faithful, in the midst of daily struggles.  When your hope is placed in Jesus, then it becomes easy to be joyful in all things because as children of God we have hope through Jesus Christ. Our future in heaven is secure in Him by evidence of His resurrection. James in his epistle says, Count it all joy when you fall into various trials. May God help you to endure sufferings patiently and joyfully especially during this period of time when all are forced to face such crisis.  God bless you. 

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day.  Father, we thank You for the Word of God and the godly instructions that are laid out for us, especially in the epistles of Paul. Give us the needed strength to endure the testing of our life patiently. Enable us to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer, as we press on to the goal of our calling,

In Jesus name we pray. 

Amen. 

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