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.

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor God With Your Earnings

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Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 

Bringing in more money is the goal of many people. The goal is to get more money so that they can do more with it or to have a better retirement in the end.

While the majority of people do not make money to save and make more money, most people want to have more so that they can spend it. They want to be able to get things that they desire or that makes them look better. Others want to be able to do more things of their hearts desire.

In order to do this, they use one hundred percent of what they earn for their own personal purpose and goals.

Solomon tells the people to honor God with their wealth, with the firstfruits of their crops. The purpose of this, is so that God can overflow their barns and vats with more.

During the time of Solomon, wealth was most often found in crops and animals. The giving of the first fruits was an early concept of tithing to God. The first and best of a person’s earnings were to be dedicated to God.

God has not changed that method of honoring Him. Today one is still supposed to honor God with a tithe off of his earnings. This is the first ten percent of all he has earned.

Giving of tithe is to be done out of love for God. It is to be done to provide for God’s house (the physical church) and the work God has being done.

While many see this as a ‘work’, it is not. It should be seen as an honor to God. It is giving back just a small portion of what God has blessed one with. God has given the believer eternal life, why not give back a little of the money? This way He can bless one with more.

Each time you receive some pay for your work, take the first portion of it and give it to God. Trust God in providing for all that you need and more.

As you pour into His kingdom, God will then be able to pour more into you. Don’t be selfish with what you get. God owns it all and can give you more as needed.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will trust God with all that you own; that you will be generous in giving to God; and that you will trust God to provide abundantly for all that you need.