Hope

 

Romans 15 a

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.                                Romans 15:13

 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.                                               Romans 12:12

 

Be steadfast and patient in suffering. Affliction is a largely unappreciated gift among God’s children. Decades of health and wealth, teaching have obscured the benefits of suffering. As a result a secular worldview that despises pain and sorrow has infiltrated the church. 

When painful circumstances are weighing you down. God encourages you to rejoice and exult in hope: to leap joyously upward. Although physical jumping is sometimes impossible or inappropriate, your soul can keep upward at any time. As you lift your soul to Christ in hopeful anticipation. His showers of joy fall upon and within you. The longer and more expectantly you wait in God’s presence, the more abundantly he can bless you. One way to enhance this transaction is to life your wide open arms towards him, as if you were celebrating a triumphant in your life. This posture expresses exultant joy, and he will respond by filling your soul with more joy. This puts you on an upward spiral of rejoicing. If you want to verbalize your jubilation, one of the best ways to speak, sing, or shout. “Hallelujah!”

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

 

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