rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Romans 12:12-13 ( NASB )
Life can be challenging at times. We face problems and circumstances arise that will challenge our peace and give us opportunity to either quit or complain. But in this scripture we have instructions that can help us to be victorious and face any challenge with a peace that passes all understanding.
The passage in Romans starts with the instruction to rejoice in hope. Hope in the Greek means (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation or confidence:—faith, hope. Hope I would say is an anticipation that things are getting better by and through faith in God who gives us life and a more abundant life.
Persevere in tribulation is the next instruction. Now some people believe that when you are save there will not be any tribulation for the believer but the scriptures are real clear that troubles will and are coming to all. The meaning in the Greek for tribulation is pressure. Pressure will come but we need to persevere or in other word keep fighting the fight of faith, trust God and His word not forgetting what Christ has done for us in the resurrection.
Next, devoted to prayer. Prayer is our weaponry when it comes to overcoming and persevering in the midst of trials. Prayer is talking to God and listening to God. Believers need to have an active prayer life if they are to live in the fullness of what God has done for us.
Finally, we are to contribute to the needs of the saints and practice hospitality. I’ve heard people say the quickest way to get victory for yourself is to help someone else. I recently started reading a book on giving and the opening chapter talks about how studies have shown that we are wired to give and are much happier when we give.
Challenge: The next time pressure rises up and tries to push you down, start rejoicing, pray, and find ways to give to others in need. Look for opportunities to help others and see what God does in your life.