· It is by faith that we are made right in God’s sight.
· Because of this, we have peace with God, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
· Christ has brought us into this place of underserved privilege, because of our faith in His work.
· It is in this place of undeserved privilege we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing in God’s glory.
· We not only rejoice in sharing in future glory, but we also rejoice in our trials.
· We rejoice because we know that these trials help us develop endurance.
· Endurance produces strength of character.
· Character strengthens our confident hope of our salvation.
· We know this hope will not end in disappointment because we know how dearly God loves us.
· The Holy Spirit is proof, as He fills our hearts with His love.
· When we were at our worst, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
· Most people would not be willing to die for a upright person, and even then a few people might be willing to die for an especially good person.
· But God outdid the low standards of humanity, He showed His great love for us by sending Christ while we were still sinners.
As I reflect on love, spiritual gifts, and relationships that thrive, it is in our identity that we find our purpose. Though we were once enemies of God, our new identity is found in the life of faith in Christ. From our new identity, we have the assurance of our hope, which we know will not disappoint.
Trials come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes it is easy to miss the “trials” that happen in the every day, little things that distract me from acting out the hope that is in me. This week I need to act out of this hope and focus on the opportunities that are provided.
· Holy Spirit, indwelling me, be with me this week as the little things in life aim to distract me. Thank you for the hope you have given me, a hope that does not disappoint. Continue to walk with me and daily guide me in Your way.
Posted on Mon, January 18, 2016
by joel king