Hang In There!

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Romans 5: 3, 4, 5

“We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance and endurance develops strength of character. And character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment because we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.”

Paul speaks to all in Rome called to be saints.He points out that all are under God’s judgment of guilt. But God’s gift of justification (just as if we had never sinned) is the very heart of the Gospel. This justification, or grace, covers us, giving us allowance to enter into the presence of the King of Kings at anytime. To have the ear of a King when we choose to is unheard of. Esther risked her life to come before King Ahasuerus for the safety of her people. She was granted grace! What a privilege and what cause we have to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! Our Gospel isn’t mere words but a life changing gift with justification bringing us Peace with God and a glorious future with the promise of productive suffering. What a springboard for us to glory in our difficulties. God customizes them to our needs and works through them to mould us, mature us and shape our character. He is our strength coach developing in us a “hang in there” attitude with confidence in His faithfulness!

Psalm 46: 1 reminds us that, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He is faithful and over and over and over again, His faithfulness to bring us through and builds our confidence in Him. It’s in that quiet confidence in my Lord that I “trust” Him in difficult times and gain my strength. When the going is tough, He’s there to guide, and direct our steps. One of my favorite verses of comfort in times of despair is Isaiah 30: 15 “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness (peace) and confidence (trust) is your strength.”

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Persevere In Obedience

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Psalm 119:114

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”

In Psalm 119: 109 – 112 the psalmist recognizes his vulnerability before his enemies because of his commitment to Godly obedience. He offers praise to God and refuses to fall away from divine instruction, even in the face of evil doers who plot against him. Over and over in these verses, he confirms His delight in and His love for God’s treasured words. What determination He has to stand against evil and be obedient to the end. There is refuge and safety in the Words of our Lord. A place to find peace, grace, joy and a Hope to carry on in spite of surrounding circumstances.

Paul too, knew the secret! He was imprisoned unfairly, accused wrongly, rejected and neglected, yet he stayed the course of obedience to his God. What prison has you bound today? What enemies search for you? Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t succumb. Stay strong in obedience to Christ and like the Psalmist, confirm your delight in His instruction. With determination and Godly strength rise above the evil doers and like Paul keep your eye on the heavenly prize, run the race with perseverance and stay the course to the end.