Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such HOPE never DISAPPOINTS or DELUDES or shames us, for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5 AMP)
Hope Never Disappoints
Yesterday, I kept seeing so many people speak this phrase: "Don't get your HOPES up, that way if it don't happen you won't be disappointed." Let's help you...THAT PHRASE IS FOR NON BELIEVERS. That phrase is for the "unstable" man..you know the person who is wishy washy, back n forth. It's for the person that's afraid to take responsibility for their FAITH. And for that man let him expect nothing from The Lord!
You are not "saving" yourself from disappointment. You are stunting the growth of your FAITH.
The above scripture let's us know that trials actually produces patience, patience produces character, and character hope...AND HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US. Why though? Because God has poured out His LOVE into our HEARTS(spirit) by the HOLY SPIRIT, whom He has GIVEN US.
What does that mean? By giving us the Holy Spirit, our Confident, Comforter, Advocate...He has once again showed His love..because the Holy Spirit TELLS us what He hears from heaven! He does not speak on His on accord, but testify to what is to come!
So how can you be disappointed? Why would you be disappointed? Get your HOPES UP TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL...the key is...what you get them up about. Are you and the Holy Spirit in relationship? If you are then are you talking to HIM, and most importantly are you LISTENING TO WHAT HE IS SAYING? Because in these things HOPE WILL NOT BRING DISAPPOINTMENT!
Have an awesome Sunday!