Sometimes I look around at the state of fellow believers and wonder if they truly understand this. Even in my own walk with God, I have fallen in this area. I see many Christians struggling with day to day living that they become ineffective in their service of God...because they have taken their eyes off of Him. It's no different than Peter who when walking on the water, began to take his eyes off of Jesus, and began to worry and sink in the water.
A better example I like to look at is the life of Paul in the New Testament (Acts/Romans/Corinthians). Here was Paul who was beaten, tortured, persecuted more than most people in their life..what was his response? It was joy, patience & HOPE!
Now you may say, "Well that is Paul...who am I?" However it was the Holy Spirit working in the life of a man, a man with a same sinful nature like you and I. Now if Paul can proclaim God and exhibit joy through jail/torture/persecution, unlike most any we would face in our culture today...how much more should we be exhibiting joy and hope for all people around us today through the same Holy Spirit?
I believe each day we have been given by God, we MUST be exhibiting joy/peace & hope wherever God may lead us. This is critical for an effective ministry for those people around us. You see we don't live in hopelessness, we are NOT like the world. We serve a MIGHTY God, powerful beyond ALL measure. A God who has redeemed us through His Son, and who is coming again to restore all things to Himself. This broken world will be fixed by Him one day. In those things that God has promised to us can we trust and in those things can we HOPE. In fact that's exactly what Paul did. But read it for yourself (see below). God bless you! Until next time.