Hope, affliction and prayer

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
(Romans 12:12 (NIV))

Unfortunately, life is not easy. Each of us will face things in this life that we cannot bear on our own strength. Satan will use everything within his power to overburden us to the point of breaking. He will afflict us with anything and everything that he has at his disposal.

Satan wants us to lose sight of Jesus, for when we lose sight of Jesus, we lose sight of hope. We must develop the faith to allow us to look beyond our situations and keep our eyes firmly focused on Jesus and the grace that He alone can offer.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))

We will have troubles in this world. We will have afflictions in this world. But, we must remember that we have the promise that our faith in Jesus will overcome these afflictions and these troubles. Jesus did not promise that we would keep us from having these troubles. He promised that through Him, we would overcome these troubles.

Jesus is our hope!

How do we keep that hope alive? How do we keep our faith when all around us is despair?

Focus on our joy in Jesus, our patience through Jesus, and our faith that Jesus will see us through anything that Satan may throw at us.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
(Romans 12:12 (NIV))

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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