Rejoice in Hope, Rejoice in Suffering

“We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that it produces endurance, which produces character, which produces hope, which doesn’t put us to shame.” (Romans 5:3-5a)

 Hope has a way of allowing us to do what we are otherwise incapable of doing. The particular hope we have is in the promises made from a gracious God and Father. This hope lifts us up out of any present circumstance or situation in which we may find ourselves. Whether joy and happiness or sorrow and sadness, honor and glory or shame and embarrassment, we stand securely in our hope! What a thing to rejoice in! That there is nothing in this life, whether seen or unseen, that can touch us or shake us. We stand within the mighty fortress of our Father’s Love through Christ our Lord! Such a blessing as this gives us joy no matter what.

Has life beaten you down? Remember the Lord’s promises for you and be strengthened in this hope. The world doesn’t win. Your sins do not win. The devil doesn’t win. Jesus Christ wins! He already is the Victor over sin, death, and the devil. Nothing can touch your hope! So let us rejoice together!

Lord Jesus, teach me to rejoice in all circumstances thanks to my hope. Amen.

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Wash Me

“Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil.” (Psalm 51:4)

 Please take the time to read Psalm 51:1-12, you won’t be sorry. If you already read it, read it again. Put these words from the Lord of confession upon your lips. Speak them aloud. Recognize the autobiographical nature of the words you are speaking. Thank the Lord for giving you these good words. Pray that He does what He promises. Ask for cleansing, to be scrubbed clean inside and out. To have your transgressions forgiven and forgotten. To be justified and made blameless. Having your wretchedness purged from you, refining you as if metal through fire, so that before your God and Lord you stand righteous. That the Lord would hide His face from your sins and look upon you only in His eternal grace and mercy. Beg the Lord to forgive it all, restore you to the joy of your salvation, and uphold you with a spirit willing to rest in this lavish love! These ancient words of blessing have become words of promise and hope for us sinners! May you find your peace, joy, hope, and comfort in the Father’s good mercy today and always!

Jesus, make us clean and holy. Remove our sins far from us. Look with mercy upon us.. Amen.