Daily Devotional: Intimacy with God Creates Joyful Hope


Romans 5:3-5  Tribulation produces perseverance, perseverance produces character and character produces HOPE!

Hope does not disappoint us because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Hope and Our Relationship With God

Hope  brings our imagination to life.  Hope causes our dreams to come to pass.  Hope gives us a sense of confident expectancy for the future.  Hope  improves the quality of our future as our prayer requests are our hopes and dreams for the future – our dreams become our prayer requests. Through prayer we are drawing near to God and bringing those things to Him that are burning in our hearts.

Our intimacy with God strengthens our ability to confidently hope  in God and He fulfills and gives us the desires of our hearts!

There is no good thing that He withholds from us – We are just required to keep hope alive, keep hope simmering in our souls.

We may not “get” what we are asking for right away because God is wanting to create character within us.  He wants to shape and mold our character in order that the Image of the Son is fully formed in us. When our character, who we are deep inside, is shaped and marked by perseverance, strength to press on comes with the hope that rises in our hearts.

Hope – it fills our hearts with joyful expectation and causes us to want to walk uprightly before God all the days of our lives.  There will be nothing that hinders the growth of our intimacy with God.

Do you want to live in that place of hope, peace and rest? Then enter into the throne room of Heaven and bring all your requests, desires and cares before the One who loves you.  He will hear and answer you.  Let all of your hope and expectation be in Him knowing that He will never fail you, disappoint you or give you a stone when you asked for bread!

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