Lingering among the unspoken expectations of many Christian hearts is this:  Now that I belong to God, I get a pass on the tribulations of life.  Others face storms.  I live to help them.  But face my own?  No way.

Jesus, however, assures us,  “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).  But ponder this promise:  In the midst of your storm Jesus is interceding for you, calling out to your heavenly Father, urging the help of the Holy Spirit.

When Stephen was about to be martyred for his faith, he “gazed steadily into heaven and saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand” (Acts 7:55).  Jesus stood up for Stephen.  Ever had anyone stand up for you?  The answer is yes.  Jesus stands at this very moment, offering intercession on your behalf!  That is his promise to you; and because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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