Saul was a Hebrew a citizen of Rome coming home as a Christian he was respected as a scholar before but now on the Lord’s side they want to kill him. They laughed at him preaching you can be saved by grace alone. Until faith comes home it does not matter. The devil doesn’t mind you playing church but when you go home, where is your faith? We come home and curse and fight and doubt. Paul on his way home encounter some problems when you bring your faith home all hell breaks loose. Paul come to tell them a life changed experience a revolutionary idea change the word message. He begins to argue that Christ is more than some guy who did on the cross. He came to tell Rome that what excess this grace by faith not my works, not by you shouting running down the aisle no better how good you are by faith do you believe how to get healed how do you prosper? how do you love your haters? By faith by faith you are just by faith Paul preaching the power of faith. Paul the important man coming to an important place to change the world. An appointed time by God the right person at the right time at the right place. The devil tried to delay Paul. You need to show up and say I am here. God can’t bless you if you are not there. Show up for the fight you may be scared they don’t like you but show up for the fight.
Rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. This is how we survive get some word in you when I say the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want you are more than a conqueror I got a feeling everything is going to be alright. Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning. We can endure today because of hope for tomorrow. That’s why God said in Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans for your lie to prosper you and not harm you. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ. We are hard to kill hard to get down and stay down. We walk by faith, things will get better we rejoice not in where we are but in where we are going. But in the text Paul said we must learn to rejoice in trouble. We can shout when everything is alright when we have the man when we have the woman when I get a good doctor report when all the kids graduate from college. But what about the one that’s on drugs can’t seem to get it together. God is looking for some real worshipers, that’s the true test of our faith. Test our belief system. God said you would have tribulations but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. Now Paul said in Romans 5:6 when we were without strength Christ died for the ungodly. You know right from wrong you know you should not cheat on them I should have not slapped them I should not have stolen that joy from them. I had no strength I yielded to temptation. Christ died for the weak hurting people like you and me People that can’t get it together the church is for the sick not the well and we all are sick and weak in some area of life. We cover up our sickness when you go to the doctor he ask you what is wrong, are you hurting? Stop covering up everything get naked before God I know you are saying God knows yes but he wants you to remind him he just wants a relationship with you. Just to be close to you. That’s why James said you have not because you ask not. Jesus even asked the blind man what do you want? I want to see! Jesus is talking to you today, what do you want? Our relationship with God should not be based on circumstances, based on people in your life. God will test you to see why you are worshiping him. God is a jealous God you will lose everything just to see your faith. Paul said he died for the ungodly that’s enough to rejoice when I have and don’t have because if he does not do anything else, he has already done enough. Paul had a message to bring to the people and you have a message to bring to your family. It’s the word of God, let your family know yes it rains on the just and the unjust. Don’t lose heart trouble will come but God will be there with you. Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning.