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.

Matthew 12:34 Overflowing Heart

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:34

Every person has their own personal opinion about many issues in life. Most people are willing to share what they feel about some issue that is occurring. For some, they are very strong on what they think, while others hold loosely to their feelings.

When a person shares what he is feeling, one can tell where his heart is. It reveals what he is passionate about.

Jesus strikes back at the Pharisees and their heart and words. He points out that one speaks only what is hidden in their heart.

No person can truly see into the heart of someone else. However to see what is in the heart of a person, all one has to do is wait, listen and watch the person. No matter what a person says, it will always come from inside of him, from the heart.

Those who are not living for God will speak as one not from God. It may be peppered a little with love, but most often it will be filled with selfishness, pride, greed, and death. The world will try to say it is allowing life by promoting sinful practices, but in reality it is showing hatred and death, since all sin leads to death.

Everyone who has a heart filled with God’s love and Spirit will speak as God speaks. There may be harsh words at times, but they will also be filled with truth. Their words will always point back to God and His standards of life.

It is the words spoken that reveal what is in the heart. Is the heart filled with the ways of this world or the ways of God?

In order to know what is really in your heart, take a moment to listen to what you speak. Do your words mirror those of this dark and dying, sinful world, or do they mirror those of God?

What is coming out can be controlled by what is put in the heart. Fill your heart with the things of this world and all that will come out are the dead things and ways of this world. Fill your heart with God’s word and His Holy Spirit and life will flow out of it.

What does your words reveal about your heart?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hide God’s word in your heart; that your words will be those of Jesus; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet.