Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord had done for us. 2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest priviledge where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. 4And endurance developes strength of character in us, and character stregthens our confident expectation of salvation. 5 And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He Has Given Us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His Love.
For a long time I believed that God would give me every material thing I needed and wanted. I wanted a new home paid for, a car, new furniture, a beautiful garden filled with trees and a swimming pool. I said, if God gave me these things I would be very happy. After 9/11 we lost everything, our home, our trucks, our boat and worst of all our dignity. My nieghbors scorned us and said things like, "I thought they trusted God?" And to be honest, I said the same things in my heart. I wanted God to make me confortable here on earth, and when He didn’t make me comfortable I became angry and began questioning my faith. I thought my faith was strong enough to move the mortgage companies, to fill my bank account and cast out those darn demons that were coming into my confort zone!
I was beyond being crushed and death was my daily prayer. I had no idea what life really was until I met Jesus at the Cross. Not a physical Cross at a church building; but the Cross that stood high in my heart. It stood higher than every mountain of emotion in my heart. It stood wider than the raging sea in my mind, it stood deeper than any pit of depression that was trying to pull me down.
Look, Jesus said in this life you will have troubles, but be of good cheer, I overcame the world." If this is any consulation to you, we are going through this same trials all over again but this time I have peace because God loves me and He enables us spiritually to endure in all things.
One day Jesus told me to stay within the means of the day, and of course my first thought was ‘money’, No, the means of the day is to walk in trust steps of faith that He is walking with you as He enables you to press onward, giving you the strength of His Love, which is the joy of the Lord. He helps you when you call on His name. He fills you like a refreshing spring when people drain you. He renews your strength when you fill like you can’t go on.
The means of the day is being filled daily with the Bread of Life. And not looking and worring about tomorrow.
This is the faith that brings joy.