A World of Difference

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For Saturday March 25, 2023

Romans 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured
out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

A schoolteacher once asked her class, “What’s the difference between the North and the South Poles?” One boy replied, “All the difference in the world.” Well, that also answers the question “What’s the difference between a victorious Christian and a defeated Christian?” In Romans 5, Paul reminds us of our benefits in Christ and describes three special gifts that should produce a constant stream of thanksgiving in our hearts.

First, we have a hope that doesn’t disappoint. Our hope in Christ isn’t mere wishes and wannabees. It’s sure and certain, sealed with the reality of Christ’s resurrection. It cannot disappoint us.

Second, we have love poured into our hearts. The Greek verb conveys the idea of “gushing.” We’re like children at the base of a waterfall, trying to catch the flow in our little cups.

Third, we have the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself lives within us by His indwelling Spirit.

Whatever your circumstances, remember those three facts, and they will make a world of difference in your attitude today.

Inspire us, heavenly Father, to make Thy will our will,
not in sullen submission, but gladly and gratefully.


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David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Tyndale, 2014)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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