We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Romans 5:3b-5 The Message*
God wants all of us to be ready for what is up ahead in terms of our call and fruitfulness. The presence of lethargy signals the absence of faith, and that’s why many people in a crisis situation become numb with fear. A percentage of people, though, respond to adversity with clarity and boldness.
Alert expectancy is not baseless optimism, but bold and courageous faith in God. If we know God hears us, we know we have the requests we ask of Him (1 John 5:15). Faith is getting the truth of God’s faithfulness inside you and then speaking to your mountains.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
When you face obstacles properly, spiritual muscles grow. God is working to establish you with enough proven character to weather the next steps of what He has called you to do and be. God is calling you to step out of mind-numbing stagnation and provide leadership in your home, your work, and your world.
God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
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