OCTOBER 28 PART ONE —ROMANS 12:12 JOYFUL IN HOPE
KEY: The deepening of Our Spiritual life should be manifested by Complete, Practical Righteousness in the market-place, on the street and in the home. It is this that Non-Christians…Those Who Resist Christ…will Acknowledge.
In Verse 12 Paul gives us the KEY of how to accomplish a Life where others will see Christ: "Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction, Faithful in Prayer."
The first Command to Christians is to Rejoice in Hope
. It's not a command to be happy…But to have the Right Perspective on our Situation. To Agree with God that Our Hope is Worth Rejoicing Over.
The HOPE that Paul is referring to is the hope of the redemption of our bodies and being united with our Father forever once our adoption is complete. [Rapture or Death…Absent from the Body… Present with the Lord!]
Romans 8:23–25 “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But If WE HOPE for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently”.
The 1st Point of Vs 12 is the Christian Life ought to be Joyful because it is Hopeful.
- in the Bible HOPE is the Confident Expectation of what God has Promised and its Strength is in His Faithfulness.
- I Think many of us recognize it as a Christian Duty to be Joyful. But often we think it is a matter of temperament and partly a matter of circumstance.
God’s Word Makes it Clear that A Christian who is Not Joyful is Not living up to His or Her Duty. There is no excuse, Not Our Temperament or Our Circumstance:
Philippians 4:4-8 Paul says
, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always,’ and then, as if he thought, ‘Some would think that this command is quite impossible to make constant,’ he restates it again that we might get the depth of what he is saying, -“and Again I say, REJOICE!”
You See…We have to “alter our conception” of what true gladness is before we can come to understand the full depth of this Truth that Joy is a Christian duty.
Seeking Joy In the things of this world is a Big Roller Coaster Ride. Moms questioning what is next after an empty nest…Men, how do we have Joy after losing a job or position…Athletes who have to hang it up…
You might be discouraged because you can’t do what you once loved to do…You feel as though you have lost your Purpose…A relationship changes…Financial situation changes… Your health changes. WHAT NOW!!!
Hope in these will Never be Stable!
This Life Will Constantly Change! A Joyful Hope can only exist with that which is Eternal…That Which Does NOT CHANGE!
I’ve found that as we focus on taking care of our family, doing all the things we do to navigate life...Often our eyes can be set so much on the temporal that we lose sight of the Eternal!
My Guiding Truth is Found in Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”. The Living Bible says, “Be delighted with the Lord. Then He will Give You All Your Heart’s Desires”.
KEY: If We Make Christ #1…Our True Delight…We Will Always Be JOYFUL!
Joyfulness is Not an Emotion. It's a State of Mind…A Heart Response…Where we Choose to be Joyful and Steadfast no matter what we face, because we Trust Him and HIS PLAN for Our Lives…NO MATTER WHAT!
James 1:2-3 tells us, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
Here’s The thing…
We should see trials and tests as ways to build our faith up! James continues, "And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
When we face All trials with the right approach, we will achieve the purpose for what they are meant for. And No, they aren't meant to destroy us. Rather to Build Us Up!
I Want to Give You 3 Things You can do to Experience True Joy.
First…You Need to See the Purpose of Your Tests
Just as exams are given to evaluate a student's learning progress, tests come in our lives to show us how we are faring in the faith. James says that the "testing of your faith produces steadfastness,".
Secondly…Realize that Through Tests, You Can See More of God's Faithfulness
In 2 Corinthians 12:9
- Israel saw God's mighty power when He delivered them from Egypt.
- Elijah called fire from heaven when he was faced with more than 400 false prophets in the showdown in Mount Carmel.
Paul shares, "Each time [God] said [to me when I prayed about my weakness], "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me."
3rd: Remember God's promise, Heb 13:5 "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."
- Through Your Hardships, God Will Be Made Known! SO…REJOICE!
2 Timothy 2:13
- You can be Confident that no matter what you face, God will be there for You.
also reminds us that God will never deny Himself – He will always be faithful: "If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is."
POINT: Weeping May Tarry for the Night, But JOY Comes In the Morning. Ps 30:5b