Exult and Rejoice

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Exult and Rejoice

Remember the game rock, paper, scissors? Rock broke the scissors and thus defeated the scissors. The scissors were able to cut the paper and thus defeated the paper. Paper covered the rock and thus defeated the rock. Making the wrong choice meant losing. In the game of eternal life, with faith and hope on your side, you always win! Faith and hope always conquer rock, scissors and paper. Faith and hope allow you to experience the glory of God through complete victory in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
Exult means to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; to be highly elated or jubilant; to be extremely joyful. Exult is the rejoicing that comes with victory. You have defeated your opponents. Your true opponent is the enemy of God. Your opponent is the world, trying to cast doubt with the question “did God really say?” Your opponent is fear, guilt, shame, envy, unforgiveness, complaining, whining, blame, regret, loneliness, false fulfillment, pride, arrogance, addiction, lust, passion, power, pleasure, position and more. Your opponent does not want you to trust God fully with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.
Now how do you handle suffering? How do you handle rejection? How do you handle loss? Can you exult and rejoice in your suffering?
Therefore, since you are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, you can [grasp the fact that you] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through your Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Through Him also you have access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which you [firmly and safely] stand. Now you can rejoice and exult in your hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
Moreover [you can be full of joy now!] as you exult and triumph in your troubles and rejoice in your 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 you, for God’s love has been poured out in your heart through the Holy Spirit. HIS Holy Spirit has been given to you. Paraphrased and personalized for you from Romans 5:1-6
God’s hope and love will never disappoint you. Your hope in the resurrected Jesus Christ will never disappoint you. The false hope of this world is full of disappointment. Put your hope and trust in your salvation. This hope will allow you to exult and rejoice in your problem, circumstance and suffering.

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