Joyful, Patient and Faithful

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

February 7 – Joyful, Patient and Faithful

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."  Romans 12:12

Apply God’s Word to your life.

This passage gives us three practical exhortations to heed as we serve God and love one another. 

Regardless of our circumstances, we can have continual joy because of the eternal hope God has given us.  1 Peter 1:3-5 lays out that hope, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 

God uses our patience to transform our hearts, strengthen our faith, and reveal Himself to a lost and hurting world.  When we are unwilling to wait on God for His will, we rob ourselves and others of God’s blessing.  James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  When we talk to God in prayer, we bring what is in our heads and on our hearts out into the light before God.  There, God is able to minister to us with His Word and Spirit and bring our hearts and minds in line with His.  When our hearts line up with God’s heart, we experience the peace of God.  Be faithful in prayer for our church, our leaders, and our different ministries.

Father, fill me with Your Spirit as I go about my day.  Use Your Word to renew my mind so that I will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.  May You be glorified by my life today.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"  Philippians 4:4

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  Hebrews 12:1-2

"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light."  Colossians 1:9-12

 

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