Are You Praising God For Your Tribulation?

Paul ends Romans 5:2 with us exalting and praising God for the hope that we have received through the atoning work of Christ. It is easy to praise God for the works of Christ. After all, He is the One who took on our punishment and suffered and died. We have received all that God requires for salvation, no works required. There is much to praise God for. We should never forget or take for granted what God in Christ has done for those who believe! But, when we look further into this passage we learn that not only are we to glory in God for His gift of grace but we are also to exult or glory in our tribulations! I forget sometimes to praise God for His gift of grace, I certainly do not praise Him as I should for my tribulations!

The Spirit of Christ is telling us to praise God for our tribulations and He gives us three reasons to do so. We are going to look at the three fruits but firsts I want us to read the verses and then look at the definition of exult.

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Exult In Hope EXULT IN TRIBULATION

Exult Means: To rejoice, feel great delight, joyful confidence.  To joy in the privilege of God. Exult expresses an unusually high degree of confidence in God for what he has done. Faith implies the surrender of self-glorifying. We exult in God for salvation. The same definition applies to both circumstances!!!

Three Fruits of Tribulation

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;and perseverance, proven character; and proven character hope; Romans 5:3-4

Tribulation produces:

  1. Perseverance
  2. Proven Character
  3. Hope

Tribulation means: To crush, press together, hem in. It conveys the idea of being squeezed or placed under pressure or crushed beneath a weight.

Tribulation brings about perseverance.  Look at how Harry Ironside describes this work:

Harry Ironside explains that “tribulation worketh patience” if we accept it as from our loving Lord Himself, knowing it is for our blessing. Out of patient endurance springs fragrant Christian experience, as the soul learns how wonderfully Christ can sustain in every circumstance. And experience blossoms into hope, weaning the heart from the things of earth and occupying them with the heavenly scene to which we are hastening.

Perseverance brings about proven character. Look at how Ray Steadman describes this work:

Ray Stedman – We have all seen the tire advertisements on television. A car is equipped with four tires and is put through horrendous tests — driven through desert sands, bogs, swamps, and marshes, driven over rough, hard, cobblestone roads, over roads with holes and chuck-holes, over boards studded with nails. The tire is twisted and pulled and stretched in every direction, and you are amazed at what that tire can take! After the test is over, they hold the tire up and it looks like it’s never been out of its wrapping! Then the ad comes: “Buy Sock’em Tires! They’re tested, proven!” Now that is what this word character means. God is building you up so he can hold you up and say, “He’s approved, he’s tested.” God is in the process of making veterans. I have always liked that word. A veteran has been through something and has been tested and proven.

Proven Character brings about hope. Look at how Ray Steadman describes this work:

Ray Stedman– “Suffering produces character. Character (gradually growing into true manhood and womanhood) makes us hope, for we see that the job is being done, and we know that God is at work and that we need not stand at last ashamed and disappointed before Jesus Christ when he comes. All this, Paul says, is because God loves us — so, when suffering comes, it is not a mark of God’s anger; it is a mark of his love.

Hope Does Not disappoint

And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

Why does hope not disappoint? The word because is going to bring us to a conclusion. This is the result, the LOVE of God has been poured out into our hearts!

The Holy Spirit of God pours God’s love into our hearts that we may not grow weary or faint! We know that our tribulations are producing for us an eternal weight of glory.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The Spirit in James 1:4 is saying, “Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Dear Ones, If you are in a trial right now, do not lose heart. Your Tribulation is producing for you:

  • An Eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • A steadfast Hope( Romans 5:5)
  • The peaceful fruit of righteousness(Hebrews 12:11)

Tribulation produces a hope that does not put us to shame but stands us  up by faith in the grace of God!

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God Comforts us Through Christ!

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Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope and grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and deed. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

What a Blessing to know that in any situation we find ourselves, there is hope and comfort in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Learning Beside You,

Lisa:)

 

Forgiven Through the Blood of Christ.

 

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And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement. Leviticus 17:11

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His glory. Ephesians 1:7

The believer has been redeemed and forgiven through the blood of Christ. The blood of  Christ has paid for the guilt and penalty of our sin. Through Christ God has rescued us from the domain of darkness and placed us in the Kingdom of His Son.

Learning Beside You,

Lisa:)

Christ is Our Life! 365 Days With Jesus!

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I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20

For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:3-4

Jesus said to her, ” I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies. John 11:24

He is the resurrection.

He is the life.

He is the Son of God.

He is love.

Learning Beside You,

Lisa:)

 

 

 

Through Christ The Believer Can Approach the Throne of Grace! 365 Days With Jesus

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Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16

 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.  This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,  in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:8-12 

By faith and with great confidence, in our Lord Jesus Christ, we may approach the Throne on which Grace sits.

Learning Beside You,

Lisa:)