Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope makes us not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. ROMANS 5:1-5
HOPE IN HARDSHIPS
We can walk in gladness and joy even in our sufferings, because we know that our suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Yes! Our pain, our difficulties, and our adversities can build up and increase our hope!
Yet, this isn't something that just happens, we must comply with the Spirit of God, and know that He will guide us through the times that we struggle with.
HOPE IN PERSEVERANCE
Determination and endurance are rare in this day and age, because most of us are looking for instant gratification and longing for a quick fix. However, through my own battles with five auto-immune diseases, I choose to lean on Jesus!
It seems that developing a true and persuasive Christ-like character in me, along with increasing my trust and absolute faith in Christ, means a lingering dependence on Him. Christ is working in me as I share my battle with those who are going through the same struggles.
HOPE IN OUR DARKEST HOURS
In our most somber moments, Jesus holds our hands and wipes away our tears. When we are frightened or afraid, Jesus holds us in His arms and protects us.
When we are worried, He speaks into our spirit words of peace that quiet our souls. We just need to take the hand of Jesus and learn to walk and talk with Him, because He has everything in our lives under control.
HOPE AND FAITH -- TRIED IN THE FIRE
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord tries the hearts. PROVERBS 17:3 You see silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies the heart.
And, while the purity of silver and gold can be tested in a melting pot, a man is tested by his reaction to men's praises. The pot separates the impurities of the metal -- and the testing of men is our response to praise, whether humble or proud.
When our character is changed we are then able to help those who are going through similar struggles and hardships. God created us in His image -- to become more like Him, and sometimes we have to go by the way of suffering.
HOPE TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS
When our character is completely changed we indeed know that we belong to Christ and He belongs to us. This helps us to cope with the burdens we face as we learn that with Jesus' help we can handle anything.
The more we become Christ like -- the more we will experience HOPE! And, we will find strength and encouragement when the marvelous hope of heaven shines on us daily.
HOPE -- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Our HOPE is never in vain -- When it's in Jesus!!
Our life on this earth is a tiny DROP in the OCEAN of ETERNITY!
BELOW: Michael English -- In Christ Alone
And Also -- Max Lucado
If Jesus heals you instantly -- Praise Him!
If you are still waiting for healing -- Trust Him!
Your Suffering is your Sermon.
-- Max Lucado