Romans 15:13 How To Overflow With Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Hope is something that many in this world do not have. Everything in their lives appears to be falling apart, including the world around them. All that is shown in the news is death and destruction.

People are struggling to find joy and peace, causing them to look for both in places where there is only death and more pain.

As Paul is drawing to close on his letter to the Romans, he is praying that God will fill them with joy and peace as they trust in Him. The reason for this is so that they may overflow with hope through the Holy Spirit.

Along with the world, many believers have lost a lot of joy and peace as they look at what is occurring around the world. Not being blind, they also see death and destruction. It does not appear as if God is doing anything to stop the evil that is rising.

Strong and true believers, however, will see things differently. While they see the death and destruction, they know that God and His followers will win in the end. The recognize that God’s word says that things will get worse before they will get better.

In knowing this, they have a joy and a peace that the world cannot know nor understand. The Holy Spirit residing in them gives them power to stand strong and true for God. They know that God is working out all things for their good, despite the circumstances around them.

Believers, who are standing like this, are looking forward to the day when Jesus returns and wins the battle for eternity.

Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power and hope to make it through the battles in your life. As you trust in God, you will be filled with a joy and a peace that all will be well in the end and that you are on the winning side.

Do not let the death and destruction of this world rob you of the joy and peace God has for you. This world will die and all death and destruction will be destroyed for eternity some day soon when Jesus returns to take you home for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy in trusting God; that you will know the peace in trusting God; that you will overflow with hope in Jesus; that you will be filled, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

John 16:33 Peace, In Spite Of Trouble

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

No matter who the person is or where he is from, one thing that is common among all people is having trouble in this life. The types of challenges that people face may be different, depending upon many different circumstances, but trouble is always there.

Since people have troubles, most people do not have much peace. They live with great fear or anxiety. Billions are spent every year on medicine to help calm people’s nerves.

Jesus had just finished telling the disciples that they would be persecuted. He then tells them that not only will they have trouble in this world, but they can have His peace, because He has overcome the world.

Some people have taught that when a person becomes a believer, that all of his troubles will go away. Some believe that is a true thing to expect.

Jesus was a perfect man, with perfect faith, and yet He still had lots of trouble in this world. However, despite all the troubles, He also had perfect peace, because He knew the Father was in control.

Every day a believer will have some trouble in his life. He may be actually persecuted, or it may be just the struggles and problems of this life, needing food, clothing, paying bills, things breaking down or more.

Rather than fearing the trouble, the believer can trust in God to bring him through it or to provide for his needs at the right time. He can also know that all these troubles are only for a short time, regardless of how long he lives on this earth. He can have peace, knowing that some day he will live with no troubles in heaven for eternity.

You have troubles that hit you every day. Some are major, some are minor, but all are troubles that you do not want.

Rather than fretting and worrying over those troubles, put your trust in God. Jesus overcame death, the greatest trouble to man, He can overcome your troubles.

Hold on to the peace that He offers you and be of great cheer that He has already overcome the world. In Christ Jesus you are a victor and will have the victory in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the peace Jesus offers you; that you will trust God in every situation in your life; that you will see God’s victory in your life; and that you will have joy in knowing God is in control.