One to One: Day 19
by Tracey Armstrong

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; (NKJV)

Our strength in God comes from the hope that we successfully maintain. The Bible says that our hope is the anchor of our soul. We don’t have anything if we don’t have hope. We must be able to rejoice in hope when we have nothing else to rejoice in.

When the storms of life are raging, we need to have something that will cause us to look through the clouds and the waves of the storm. That is hope. Hope also means expectation. We must have some type of expectation when our present circumstances are not enjoyable.

If you can’t rejoice in what is taking place in your life, you can rejoice in your expectation. You can rejoice in your expectation that God will never leave you nor forsake you. You can rejoice in the confidence that God loves you and would never allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to handle it.

We cannot afford to allow the devil to steal our expectation. We must always see the way out of the problems and circumstances that we are facing. Before you can rejoice in hope you must make sure that you have hope. How can you become hopeful? By knowing what it is that you are expecting to happen.

What do you need God to do for you? What obstacles are you facing? Whatever the problem is, you can find your hope by looking at what you need, because He is faithful and able to perform what we need. What you need becomes your hope when God is your deliverer. So rejoice that your hope is in God and that He is your Deliverer.

The best days of my life are yet in front of me. I will experience the best that God has for me. God has not scheduled me for failure. I have been designed for success.

Take a few minutes and rejoice that the things you are facing are being turned around right now. Rejoice in the middle of your circumstances, rejoice in the Lord and He will deliver you from them. Pray that the ONEs that you are praying for will have expectancy for a life change. Then rejoice in the expectation that it has already happened.