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 19:11 No Real Self Power Over You

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

Power is something that a lot of people think that they have in and of themselves. Controlling people is what they love to do. Many will use their positions to control people, while others will use physical force.

With both of these ways of controlling people, the feeling that they are the ones who have the authority and power to do so is true for both.

Pilate asked Jesus if He realized that he had the power to crucify Him. Jesus told him that the only power he has was given from God.

God is the Creator who created everything and every person on this planet and in this universe. Since He is the Creator of everything, then He is also the only one with real power.

In and of himself, man does not have any abilities or power at all, and neither do the demonic powers of this earth. Every ability, whether good or bad, is given by God.

It is common for many believers to have struggles with other people on this earth. Those who are in ‘authority’ make life difficult for believers, trying to tell them what they can and cannot do. Since this occurs, many believers get angry with God because of these people.

God uses every person and every situation for the building up of His people. This may mean that a difficult leader is in the life of a believer causing problems. God has allowed that person to do something to build His follower up.

Instead of fighting back, the believer must trust in God and do what He says. God used Pilate to crucify Jesus to save the world.

You have leaders in your life that are difficult to be around. They appear to make your life miserable. One thing to remember is that person in your life only has the power and authority that God has given him.

Seek to understand how God is using that person in your life. Also seek to know how you can be a witness to that person. Outside of the authority that God gave that person, he has no real power.

Do not fear that person, but trust God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the control God has in this world; that you will understand the authority God gives all people; and that God will help you remove all fear of people.