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.

John 19:11 No Real Power

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Many people in the world think that they have control or authority over someone else. When things do not go their own way, they strive to exercise their authority and force others to follow their ways.

Often this authority is abused and taken too far. They feel that they are controlling everything and everyone from their own abilities and authority.

As Jesus was being tried, Pilate said he had authority of life and death. Jesus told him that he only had the authority given to him from God.

Authority is something a person is given and also is allowed to have. Without someone else given permission, no one can really do anything.

In working this way, many people are often manipulated into what they can and cannot do. Believers often live as though the world has authority over them and fear the enemy of their souls. In thinking this way, many believers fall into sin and allow themselves to be crushed.

The world has absolutely no real authority over a believer. Satan cannot force a believer to do anything.

Every believer needs to know where real authority comes from–God. Jesus gave all authority to the believer. As a one believes this, he will not be intimidated or fear the attacks and threats of the enemy. As with Jesus he will know that the enemy can only what God allows and is in His will.

Living with this pattern of thinking is putting one’s full trust in God. His life is in God’s hands, not the hands of the world.

Jesus came to give you an abundant life. He has also given you access to all of His authority on this earth. When you fully understand what He has done for you and given you, you can live the abundant life with no fear of the enemy.

Know that the enemy of your soul cannot force you to do anything. The enemy only has the authority over you that you allow him to have. God is really the one in control.

Follow God and His ways and know the abundant life He has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that you will walk in God’s authority.

Matthew 20:26 How To Be Great

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, Matthew 20:26

All over the world there are people who desire to be great. They want to be someone of great authority and power. It is often felt that the greater the authority or power a person has, the greater he is.

This power is sought out in many different ways, however, most often it is grabbed for or taken by force or deception. Rarely is great authority just given to a person because of who he is and how he acts.

Jesus had told the disciples that the Gentile rulers ruled with force, but that they are not to rule that way. To be great, one has to be a servant to others.

Looking at history, many of the greatest people were servants to others, to a point. They did something great to help other people out. Some of these people did it out of selfish reasons to become wealthy or powerful, but some did it out of genuine concern for people.

Believers, who have the right heart, will do everything out of concern for others and God. Everything Jesus did was to help others out, even His dying upon the cross. He came to serve, not be served, even though He had all authority, since He created everything.

To follow Jesus means one will be like Him. This means every believer must be willing to be a servant to others, putting the needs of others above their own personal wants, desires and needs.

This can only be done when one trusts God to meet all of his needs and desires. When this occurs, the believer becomes great. People will lift him up because he is building others up by serving them. God will lift him up, because he is being like Jesus and not selfish.

Every day you will have opportunities to serve someone else in some way. Instead of looking the other way or expecting someone else to meet that need, serve that person.

Rely up God’s strength and provision to meet your needs as you serve others. As you serve others, God can raise up other believers to serve you and meet your needs. In this way you will be more like Jesus and will be great in the kingdom of God. It will also be a great testimony of who God is and what He is like.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a heart to serve others as Jesus served others; that God will meet all of your needs; and that you will be great in God’s kingdom.