Romans 15:13 Overflowing 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

People are always looking for hope, something to believe in. They look to things, money and people to give them reason to live. These things give them a short term of joy and peace, but fall very short quickly.

Often things look hopeless and people give up. They lack the power to keep moving forward with very little to hope for.

Paul gives a short prayer for God to fill the people with joy and peace that will overflow with hope given by the Holy Spirit.

With all of the turmoil, stress, destruction, violence, sickness and death in the world, very few people have any joy or peace. They seek for joy and peace in looking at things and people. Some may get a little joy for a moment, but it flees quickly in light of the rest of life’s troubles. Everything appears to be hopeless.

The believer has something that the world does not know about. It is knowing that God is in control and does what is best for him in every situation. As a believer begins to trust God, he will be filled with hope, which will result in joy and peace.

The joy comes because the believer knows that he is on the winning side with God in the end. He has peace, because he knows that God will bring him through whatever situation is in front of him.

As this joy and peace grows, the believer will also overflow with more and more hope in God. The power of the Holy Spirit will flow through him, strengthening him in times of trouble and turmoil.

You may be going through some difficult times or just watching the news and seeing nothing but turmoil. It may be tearing away at your joy and peace, threatening your hope.

Instead of looking to the world for your joy and peace, look to the God of hope. Trust God in every situation in your life or around your life. He is in control. Allow His joy and peace to overwhelm you and fill you with hope.

In the end you will win as you continue to trust God and believe in what Jesus did for you and is doing for you.

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

Acts 13:52 Joy Amidst Persecution

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52

When trouble hits a person, most people get depressed or discouraged. During attempts to accomplish something, it is common for a person to run into some roadblocks. Often this discourages the person and he gives up in order to try something different.

Joy is rarely seen in a person in the midst of major problems. Instead of joy one will see anger, frustration, depression, or fear. The focus or desire is often lost or given up.

As the disciples were preaching the gospel, many Jewish leaders were against them and pushed them out. The disciples left the area with joy and with God’s Holy Spirit.

The world does not like to hear the gospel message of Jesus. There are also many ‘believers’ in the church who get offended at hearing the full truth in God’s word. It means that they are wrong and must change. These people will often push out or persecute true believers who are preaching the whole of God’s word.

Just as the world gets depressed and discouraged, many believers will also get depressed and discouraged under persecution. This occurs because people have the wrong focus. Too many believers expect an easy, problem free life as a believer. Jesus actually promised the exact opposite.

Those who are going through trouble and persecution can have joy knowing that they are walking the path God has for them and that God is with them. During persecution, the believer can pick up and move on to the next location to reach others who are willing to listen. They do not need to stay stuck in one place, wallowing in despair of failure.

The joy of God’s salvation and presence gives the believer strength to move on despite all troubles.

As you are a witness for Jesus there will come times of trouble or persecution. Do not allow yourself to be discouraged or to give up. Look to God for your joy and strength.

Remember how much persecution Jesus went through for you. Remember that Jesus promised persecution. But also remember that God has promised you eternal life in the end with no more suffering.

Walk with joy and God’s Holy Spirit moving forward to a new place. Find new places to be a witness. Seek out others who will listen. Do not stop or give up. God is with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that God will fill you with His joy; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; and that God will give you strength during persecution and troubles.