Real Hope

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15.13

It seems that of all the issues believers face, joy and peace are a struggle for so many. Paul addresses that issue here. Notice his words: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing”. It is the God of hope ”who fills us with “all joy and peace …” These two elements of the believer’s life are always available to us, but we must allow God to fill us on His terms, not ours. Being filled with JOY means we realize that we live each moment in God’s presence and we live accordingly. Being filled with PEACE means we realize that God is in control of our lives when we learn to “pray about everything and worry about nothing.” These two powerful characteristics can be ours when we meet these conditions. Now Paul adds this short but important phrase: “in believing”. When we exercise joy and peace in believing, our walk with God is enjoyable.
The last half of the verse is equally important: “that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Hope is such a powerful word when thinking about God and our walk with Him. Hope that is directed toward God is a “sure thing” – meaning we never have to worry about God keeping His end of whatever is the object of our hope. I love God’s superlatives – “abound in hope.” But how is this possible? “through the power of the Holy Spirit.” God’s Spirit continues to affirm in our hearts that this hope is real and that the joy and peace with which God wants to fill us is real too. It is time we take God at His Word and stop fretting about life’s everyday little problems. God is already there and in control is we release it all to Him. I love the little wall plaque that says: Good morning! I will be handling all your problems today!” (signed) God. Just My Thoughts …

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