THE EVERLASTING WORD

Three truths for help with our problems

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 ESV    

There are things that come into our lives that we would rather not face. However the challenges we face are useful to help us build character and to grow in the Lord. Life is not just one great moment after another, nor is it just one problem after another. Life is a series of ups and down, joys and heartaches, plus good and bad times. It is truth that they are never balanced. Some people have more bad times that good times while others have more good times than bad times. A lot of our problems come because of bad choices or decisions!

Romans 12:12 gives us three truths that can be applied rather we are going through good or bad times. The first is we should “rejoice in hope.” No matter what we are going through we should be joyful because our joy shouldn’t come from what is happening in our lives at any given moment, but in our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “hope” in the verse does not mean uncertain expectation, but a real certainty or a confident trust that the Lord will work on your behalf. The second truth is to be patient in tribulation. This means to be “long suffering” waiting on God to intervene for our good. Too often we do not want to wait on the Lord, but try to rush into a solution of our difficulty. Remember God never takes you around a problem, but takes you straight through the problem and when you come through it you are a better person for it. Finally the third truth is be constant in prayer. Too often we do not really struggle in prayer, but pray very shallow prayers then wonder why we do not get an answer. According to the verse we should be constant in prayer seeking the wisdom of God for whatever we face. Therefore no matter what you are going through make it a habit to have an attitude of joy, long suffering, and prayer. You will be amaze at what the Lord will do!!!! An Everlasting Word!!!!!

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