August 29, 2016 – Romans 15:13

Romans15-13bI pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13Here is a way to live for the eternal.  What is the most feared enemy of man?  Death.  Being born guarantees our coming death.  It is a given.  Death is overcome by the resurrection of Jesus!  In Him we, too, overcome death.  On this earth we have grown to believe we are entitled to comfort.  Through discomfort and suffering we are made perfect to live for an eternity with our Lord God.What we spend our time on this earth trying to accomplish, is telling in our lives.  What we pray for is telling as well.  What is this eternity?  Why should our breath be spent on trusting our God in every way in this life?  We can’t purchase peace and joy at the local super market.  We can’t buy the hope that comes through the Holy Spirit.  These things are not of this world.  We cannot earn hope peace and joy by what we do.It only matters Who we belong to — Who we follow with our every breath.  How we live and every word we say, tells the world Whose we are.  When we follow Jesus, His Light shines through us like a beacon. Each of us teach what we live in our hearts.  There are no secrets or hidden sins from the One who forgives us.  Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”  John 8:12I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them. Romans 15:14