October 9, 2017

Romans 12:12 (NLT) — 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Rejoice = to be glad, happy or joyful.

So over the last couple of weeks we have been learning to give our bodies to God as living sacrifices because of all that he has done for us. This means that we have been concentrating on living holy lives by not copying the customs and behavior of this world. We are letting God transform us into new people by allowing his word into our minds to change the way we think. We have learned from his word that everyday and not just Sunday is a day of worship.

We all have days when circumstances are such that we just don’t feel like doing our best for the Lord. Smiles turn into frowns, laughter turns into complaining and praise morphs into pouting. Instead of lifting our hands in worship we throw them up in despair. We can’t rejoice. We can’t be glad or joyful when it seems like there is nothing to rejoice about. Paul tells us in our memory verse how to handle these days with glad hearts.

The secret is not to rejoice in the circumstance but to rejoice in our confident hope.

Hope = confidently expecting something to happen.

Romans 4:18 (NLT) — 18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”

Bible hope is not a hope so it is a know so. God told Abraham that he would not only have a son but that through his son he would not only have a few grandchildren but that he would have nations of people! Now there was no tangible, physical reason for Abraham to hope. He and Sarah were too old to have children. Hoping and believing in God’s word are synonymous. Abraham didn’t say, “I hope what God said comes to pass.” Because of his hope and faith in essence he said, “I don’t know how but I do know that because God said it, it will come to pass.”

So when someone knows that you are having a ‘bad hair day’ and yet they see you rejoicing and they ask, “How can you possibly be glad in  these awful circumstances?” You can look them in the eye and say, “I’m rejoicing in my confident hope.” God said that his angels will protect me, he will always provide for me, he will never leave me, he will work all things out for good, he is preparing a place for me and nothing can ever separate me from his love. This is the confident hope that I have in my God and I am not going to let a set of ugly circumstance ruin my day and strip the grin of my face:)”

Psalm 91:9–11 (NLT) — 9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) — 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 13:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

Romans 8:38 (NLT) — 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

John 14:1–3 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” Albert Einstein

If you can go through an ugly day and not rejoice you are not giving God the attention he deserves.

Be Inspired Hilltop!