Monday Motivation: All Things Work Together for Good…

 Romans 8:26-28 (NLT)

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?

Do you love the Lord?

Do you believe that He’s called you to fulfill His purpose?

Has He ever let you down?

I have faith.  I know who God is and wholeheartedly believe His Word.  Even still there are instances when I doubt His promises, only to be shown that my feelings of uncertainty (great or small) were a tremendous waste of time.  I admit that I get on my own nerves when this happens.  The moments (or more) I spent wondering how will God do it?, coulda, woulda, shoulda been spent praising Him for what He’s already done!!  People Patricia, He knows what He’s doing!! After answering “yes” to all of the above questions, there’s no good reason why any of us should waiver in our faith, no matter what situation(s) we face!  We may endure hardship and suffering, but it’s for our goodWe may encounter rejection and disappointment, but it’s for our good.  We may’ve received an answer that wasn’t when or how we wanted itIt’s for our good!! It’s for our growth and maturation, and simply being in the presence of God throughout all of our ups and downs should be more than enough rejoice about!

Even with 20/20 vision there’s a limit to what our natural eyes can see.  God is all and knows all, and will never disappoint usBelieve that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has your best interest in mind, and He has the ability to bring good out of all circumstances for those who love Him!!

 Trust in His faithfulness!

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The Hope that Doesn’t Disappoint

Proverbs 13:12 (NKJV)

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Do you ever notice how often the world tells us not to get our hopes up?  Everything could be going well or we could be praying for things to get better, and someone comes along to “help” us with a reminder to realistically manage our expectations.  You might be heading out the door for that job interview, and your roommate makes sure you know that “This economy is tough.  I hope you get this job because this could be it and bills are due.”  Perhaps you’re answering the question of how your baby sleeps, and when you share that she sleeps thru the night the response is “Don’t get used to that.  I hope you don’t think it will last.” (Yes, I’m speaking from personal experience on that one).  Or maybe as you enter the classroom to take the final exam, you say to yourself  “I’m so nervous.  I hope I don’t mess up and forget everything.”  For some reason we’ve determined it’s better for us to keep our desires in check because we can’t stand the feeling of disappointment.  For some reason we’ve allowed this word to lose its value because we’ve forgotten what God has to say on the matter:

Romans 5:1-5 (NJKV)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have  peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;and perseverance, character; and character, hopeNow 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 15:4 (NKJV) 

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Scripturally speaking, hope is more than just wishful thinking!  It’s based on the firm foundation of the assurance of God and the return of Jesus Christ.  It’s OK to have confident expectation!!  Do you know that God is aware of our hopes, dreams and desires, and because of His love for us He wants to deliver?!  We can trust Him completely and not have to succumb to the mediocre expectations of this world!

You may be wondering if it’s really this simple.  It’s possible that you’ve been hoping for something and you’ve yet to see the manifestation, but  if you’re experiencing this don’t give up!  Find comfort in knowing that once we have what we ask for there’s no longer a reason to hope for that particular thing.  After all “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Think back to that last prayer He answered (I’m sure it wasn’t that long ago), and ask yourself if the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has ever let you down.  Something tells me He’s done more than enough to have your faith renewed!

I encourage you today to not only set your hope in Him, but do so with a smile. 🙂  Meditate on His loving ways and the truth found in the pages of His Word, and the next time you “prepare for the worst but hope for the best” know that it comes with the certainty of God’s promises!

Does your hope lie in man or in our Almighty Savior?

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