Does Your Faith Triumph in Troubling Times?
Embracing the Hope of the Holy Spirit in Your Heart
by J.M. Troppello
God never said life would be all roses. He never promised that you would never have any problems in this life. On the contrary, He said we’d have troubles and persecutions. However, as a Christian, you are called to glory in tribulations. That definitely doesn’t sound like fun. But tribulations produce perseverance. Well, that’s definitely a good result and blessing from experiencing a trial. Perseverance then develops character in your life. Cultivating a strong character can be essential in living victoriously as a Christian. Character produces hope.
I love the next statement from Paul in verse 5. The hope that comes through all the difficulties does not disappoint because God’s love has been poured out into your heart through the Holy Spirit. That’s definitely a comforting thought.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 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. 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:1-11, NKJV)
Has your faith been triumphing in troubling times? For the most part, I can answer yes to that question. In those times when my faith does not triumph like it should be, I’m thankful for the companionship of the Holy Spirit at work in my life – reminding me of God’s Words and how I should turn my eyes back to Jesus and not focus on the troubling times.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NKJV)
This is one of my favorite verses about hope. Paul states that God is the God of hope. He will fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him. He wants you to abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. You may need to read that verse more than once to get the full impact of it. I want that joy, peace, and hope abounding in my life, don’t you? You can have that when you immerse yourself in the things of God (Bible, prayer, worship, and obedience) and don’t feed your flesh – but instead feed your spirit.
Are you abounding in the hope of the Lord?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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