Hope Causes Rejoincing

Rejoince in Hope

ROMANS 12:9-15: “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Hope is what causes us to rejoice. Yet 1 Peter 1:8 says, “Yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Which is it that causes us to rejoice—faith or hope? The answer is both. Hope is just future tense faith. Hope is believing God for something that’s not presently manifest. Faith is believing God to bring something into manifestation now (Hebrew 11:1).

So, hope is faith. It’s just faith that has a future fulfillment. If we really believe that God will supply what we hope for, we’ll rejoice.

If I were to promise you that one year from today I would deposit $1,000,000 in your bank account, and you believed it, you’d rejoice. Likewise, if we really believe the promises God gives us, we’ll rejoice. Those who don’t rejoice don’t believe.

Expectant joy is a sure sign of hope. Just as you can distinguish real gold from other look alike metals by its characteristics, you can distinguish real hope by its rejoicing. If rejoicing is not present, then real hope isn’t there either.

 Our emotions are like the tail of a dog. The tail isn’t the dog itself, but you can sure tell what’s on the inside of a dog by watching its tail. We can learn a lot about ourselves by checking our emotions. Are we rejoicing? If we have true biblical hope, we will!

Prayer Point: I am fervent, James 5:16, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." I have a fervent prayer life and it is effective.

Exodus 39 - John 18 - Proverbs 15 - Philippians 2