Monday, June 15, 2015

Hope Does Not Disappoint

"And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."-Romans 5:3-5

Growth comes through trials and tribulation. Trials tend to drive us deep into prayer, they tend to set the stage for us to cling to Jesus with everything we have and He produces character, and character, hope! What a perfect place to be! These are the times He has set apart for you to really get to know who He is and His resurrection power. Persevering when you are in the midst of a storm so fierce and you have absolutely nothing to cling to and your circumstances scream hopelessness, or when your in the midst of the blazing fire so hot that you literally see everything in the physical crashing and burning around you...PRAISE HIM! You persevere with praise!

He ordained this perfect time for you to get to know something else so intimate about His character, His deliverance, His redemption and who He is to YOU! When you lift your hands and give Him praise, there is a heavenly exchange...When you praise Him for who He is not what's going on around you- in this moment you let His character carry you safely to hope on the other side.

But how do you lift your arms in praise when they seem to heavy to lift? By the power of His word!

Let Him love you through His word, let Him promise you all that He has written you is true, and stand so firm on these promises claiming them as your own! "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. "-Hebrews 10:23 What hope this brings!

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