Romans 12:12 - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
The Apostle Paul is sending out a clarion call to us on today to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. In other words, a call to consistency in our faith and our service to God. No wavering! Why? James 1:8 An indecisive (double minded) man is unstable in all his ways.
Paul knew that on this Christian journey, the test and trials will come and they will be fierce at times. Therefore, he exhorts us to put our focus on being joyful, even in the midst of life's storms.
Paul had endure much hardship. He had been shipwrecked, spent a night in the open sea, beaten with rods, bitten by a snake, lived in danger by the bretherns, thirsty, hungry, naked, etc. In the midst of all this trouble, Paul was still able to rejoice.
Why did Paul chose to remain joyful, even in the midst of life's circumstances and situations that seemed unbearable? Those same situations that you and I will probably never have to endure. Paul's hope and faith was found in the promises of God and not his circumstances. If it was, he would have given up on God and quit when he got started on the christian journey. He knew that regardless of what he suffered, God was with him for He lived in him.
It is the same Holy Spirit who lives in us is the one that lived within Paul. It is He who gives us and gave Paul the strength and the ability to endure hardships. 1 Corinthians 6:19 - Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, knowing that your labor is not in vain. Galatians 6:9 - Let's not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.
Psalm 25:3 - No one who waits for God will ever be put to shame, but all who are unfaithful will be put to shame.
Regardless of where you may find yourself on this morning, Apostle Paul urges, exhorts or begs all of us to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, consistent and faithful in prayer. Why? God knows all about us and He has a plan for all of us. The plan of God for our lives can not be change nor thwart, regardless of the test. God has a plan! Let's listen to Jeremiah 29:11 - 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God wants to use the test and trials of life to grow us. James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
We are not rejoicing because we suffer, we rejoice in knowing what suffering will produce in us. Yes, suffering produces the fruit of the Spirit within us. We know that our present suffering are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us when Christ return.
God wants to receive the glory out of our lives, therefore we are to have hope in situations that may look hopeless, be patient (waiting on God with expectation) and continue in prayer, believing by faith that God hears and answers our prayers. Psalm 34:17 - The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
How are we to daily take captive the prisoner called "fear"? Put the Word of it. 2 Corinthians 10:5 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Romans 12:12 - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. It is the Word of God that allows us to have joy in hope, to be patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. Therefore, the Word of God must be our daily source of food in life's spiritual battles.
Hebrews 4:16 - So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
The promises of God are true. They are yes and amen in Christ Jesus.
Whatever the struggle may be on your Christian journey, trust God in the process! Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being our hope and help in time of need.
I love you all with the love of Christ.