• Wednesday, 24 January 2018

    Our Daily Bread Today, January 25, 2018 - Topic- True Hope

    Prophecies for 2018 by Pastor E.A Adeboye

    Our Daily Bread Today, January 25, 2018

    Topic: True Hope


      January 25, 2018 

    Read: Romans 5:1–11 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 12–13; Matthew 16

    The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16

    Our Daily Bread Today, January 25, 2018 - Topic- True Hope

    Not long ago I visited the Empire State Building with a friend. The line looked short—just down the block and around the corner. Yet as we entered the building, we discovered the line of people stretching through the lobby, up the stairs, and into another room. Every new turn revealed more distance to go.

    Attractions and theme parks carefully route their crowds to make the lines seem shorter. Yet disappointment can lurk “just around the bend.”

    Abba, Father, thank You that I can always trust in Your perfect, never-ending love.
    Sometimes life’s disappointments are much more severe. The job we hoped for doesn’t materialize; friends we counted on let us down; the romantic relationship we longed for fails to work out. But into these heartbreaks, God’s Word speaks a refreshing truth about our hope in Him. The apostle Paul wrote, “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame [or disappoint us], because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3–5).

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    As we place our trust in Him, through His Spirit, God whispers the truth that we are unconditionally loved and will one day be with Him—regardless of the obstacles we face. In a world that may often disappoint us, how good it is to know that God gives genuine hope.

    Abba, Father, thank You that I can always trust in Your perfect, never-ending love.

    In Christ, the hopeless find hope.

    INSIGHT
    Does Paul add insult to injury when he links hope to character? Is he saying it takes being a good person to have hope (Romans 5:3–4)? No. Paul isn’t writing to exalt the virtues of moral or legal compliance. He’s telling a story about what the Spirit of Christ does for us in our sin and in our suffering (Romans 5:6–8; 8:22–27). According to Paul, hope is given to us by the Holy Spirit who personally opens our hearts to the love of God—with the assurance Christ died for us in our moral helplessness.

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