Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

not only this?

We’ve been looking at Romans 5:1-5 (3/7 Christian life, 3/8 just as if, 3/11 fields of grace) Today we will start with verse 3.
 
“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;  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”
 
“And not only this…. this what?  (if you have time take a moment and read 3/7, 3/8, 3/11)  In a nutshell here is what “this is” referring to – justified by faith, peace with God thru Jesus, grace to stand and hope in God – what a list!! Yet he goes on to say — not only this but there’s more!!!
 
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations,”
 
Say what? rejoice in tribulations? (tribulations or sufferings, physical hardships, trials, tests….)
 
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NASB) “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,”
 
Don’t give up. Light afflictions – remember Paul’s resume’ (2 Cor 11:22-28) The light afflictions he is referring to consist of many imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecked, stoned and he faced many dangers…..
 
Don’t give up! When the storm heats up — remember whose you are. We sing the song “You’re a good good Father” and He is. God will see you through. He is an ever present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
 
Tomorrow we will look more closely as why rejoice in sufferings?
til next time
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March 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what I love about christianity

Christian life – faith working through love (Galatians 5:6)

These five verses in Romans contain the things I love about being a Christian.  It is not an  all encompassing list, for there are so many things – too many to name.

Here are the things listed in Romans 5 that  I love:   God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, faith, peace, hope, tribulations, endurance, character and love.

Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 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; 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.”

You might think tribulations shouldn’t be on that list of things I love. Yet, without tribulations/problems/suffering I would be self-centered and impossible to live with and so would you.

Trials bring me to my knees before God. Having gone through suffering, and seeing how God works in and through it, helps me to build up endurance.  Endurance is needed.  We are not in a sprint but a marathon.

Our character needs developing. This is a life long process resulting in a deeper hope in God and His promises

God doesn’t want us to be a wishy washy Christian. Our character is developed as we hold fast to Christ and go through tribulations. With each one we learn to trust God more. We grow.

Tomorrow I will look more closely at verse 1.

til next time

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March 7, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment