Sunday Message

March 22, 2020

 

"Three Golden Nuggets of Encouragements"

Romans 12:12

"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;

continuing instant in prayer;" (KJV)

 

Living as we are in the days of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, every day is filled with information, mis-information, closures, shortages, and fears. We see our world changing before our eyes. We ask one another, "Will we ever get back to life as normal, or is this to be our new normal."

We may ask, "What can I do to make a difference?" God has an answer for us all. In a passage that begins by calling us to see ourselves as a "living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God" (Romans 12:1) and then proceeds to show us how to live out that sacrificial life unto the Lord, God speaks through the Apostle Paul of three great encouragements that will help us through any situation in life.

First, we are to be a people of hope. Romans 12:12 declares that we are to be found "rejoicing in hope." 

When things begin to happen in our lives that are out of our control, if our faith is truly in the Lord Jesus Christ, then we still have hope. Not hope in the situation. Not hope in others who can solve our problems. Not hope in ourselves. Our hope is in a person, the very Son of the living God. Our hope is in Jesus.

Jesus -- the One who calmed the sea with "Peace be still." Jesus -- the One who gave sight to the blind, who healed the leper, who made the lame to walk again, who brought even the dead back to life. Jesus -- who gave His life for yours and mine at Calvary's cross, who died on the cruel old rugged cross for our sins, who was buried, who three days later arose ... leaving behind an empty tomb!

This hope to rejoice in ... really to take joy in .. worth singing about. From Philippians 4:4, we find an anonymously written chorus:

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice

 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice

Rejoice, rejoice and again I say rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice

In Romans 5:1-5, we find that we are to

"rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so,

but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation

worketh patience; and patience, experience;

and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed;

because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts

by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."

 

 Secondly, we are to be a people of patience. We are encouraged by the Lord to be "patient in tribulation" (Romans 12:12).

Now patience is not one of my best virtues. For many of us it

is hard to be patient and wait for anything. Yet we find a

constant theme in scripture to stick in there, be faithful,

be steadfast, and wait upon the Lord. God's timing is not

in our timing. 

We often see Isaiah 40:31 quoted: "But they that wait upon

the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up

with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;

and they shall walk , and not faint."

Waiting on the Lord requires learning to be patient,

to trust as we hope in the Lord Jesus.

The Romans 5 passage enlightens our understanding

"that tribulation worketh patience; and patience,

experience; ..." (Romans 5:3-4). 

  

Finally, we are to be a people of prayer. We are encouraged

to be a people of God who are "continuing instant in

prayer." The understanding of "instant" is diligent or

steadfast. Do you see the common theme?

In Thessalonians 5:17 the Lord's says through

the Apostle Paul, "Pray without ceasing." Have an

attitude of prayer, taking our daily lives into the

presence of Almighty God.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are praying

people. We share our joys and our sorrows; our

victories and our failures. He who made us also sustains

us. We pray to the Lord we hope in and trust in.

Do You trust Him right now?

Is your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Place your live in His hands today.