Now We Stand

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
~ Romans 5:2
It’s hard to comprehend, but we stand in the middle of undeserved privilege when we put our faith in Christ.  The word privilege is defined as a right or immunity granted as a benefit.  We are granted immunity from our sins which had separated us from God.  Now we can joyfully be in His presence and await the day we can share His glory.  How do you gracefully share undeserved privilege without pridefully looking down on others?

Suffering Produces …

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
~ Romans 5:3-4 [NLT]

The natural question that we want answered when we face hardship is, “Why God did this happen?.” God’s Word answers this question with a “what” response. What is the result of these difficult circumstances? Romans tells us that difficulty grows our character that ultimately solidifies our hope in Jesus.

Evening Prayer

STRENGTHENED THROUGH HOPE 
Isaiah 40:31; Jeremiah 14:22; Romans 5:5; Romans 15:13

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

In difficult times, I pray that your hope in God will provide the strength you need, for only God can renew your strength. I pray that you will run and not grow weary, you shall walk and not be faint, when you place your trust completely in the Lord our God. May you be assured that when you place your hope in Him, you will not be disappointed. May you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit and may God strengthen you with joy and peace.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

TEACHING BY EXAMPLE 
1 Timothy 4:9-12, 15

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will fully accept and put your hope in the living God who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe in Him. I pray that you will have an opportunity to command and teach God’s Word to others. I pray that the godly changes in your life will be so evident and that others might want to follow after you. May they seek your advice because of your wisdom and godly counsel. May you be the salt and the light wherever you go. Give thanks to the Lord for He is using your life to teach His ways to others.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Comfort

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace!”
~  1 Sam 16:4-5

God’s messengers do not all wear gentle faces; ofttimes they come in a garb of sternness. Yet they come always with a blessing. Sickness is one of these dark-visaged prophets. We cannot welcome it. Yet if we ask this messenger, “Do you come in peace?” the answer is, “Yes, in peace.” Sickness always brings messages of peace, of good–if only we have grace to receive them.

The same is true of all the hard trials of life. We would rather have easy times. Boys and young men who are poor, think ofttimes that they have scarcely a fair chance in life, when they see the sons of rich fathers reveling in luxury, with plenty of money. Yet really the stern prophet of poverty brings ofttimes a holier message and a richer, truer blessing–than the smiling-faced, silken-robed messenger brings to the youth in the fine mansion.

The best things in life, can be developed only by work and discipline. Hence, whatever compels a boy or a young man to toil, to deny himself, to make strenuous efforts–is a blessing to him. The ‘prophet of necessity’ therefore comes to him peaceably. We should never turn from our doors any prophets which God sends, however stern they may appear. They all come with a good message.

Jesus Christ

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
~ Romans 1:7 [NLT]

Some days we need just a bit more grace and a bit more peace than others.  Busyness, drama, and life circumstances pull out every last ounce of patience.  By the end of the day, it feels like we are just barely hanging on.  When you feel your patience wearing thin, step away.  Get a moment of distance to recenter yourself around Christ.  He will give you the grace and patience you are seeking to give to others.