Fountain of hope…
Romans 15:13 (TPT): “Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in Him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with His super-abundance until you radiate with hope!”
Let us be determined this week to:
Ask God to fill our hearts with HOPE. Hope is the confident expectation and blessed assurance of our future destiny. In other words, longing for and trusting God for eternal life through Jesus. Our hope is based on God’s love for us. Hope is not something we gain by human effort. Hope is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and demonstrated by Jesus’s death and resurrection. When we fix our hope on Jesus and find eternal life in and through Him, our trustworthy Father God will fill our lives with joy and peace that transcends our understanding.
Allow love to shine from our lives. When we accept Jesus as Lord of our lives and become children of God, the Holy Spirit pours His love out in our hearts (Romans 5:5). Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a gift from God (Romans 8:9). Paul shows us that we move from faith (Romans 5:1), to peace (Romans 5:1), to hope (Romans 5:2,4-5), to love (Romans 5:5 and 1 Corinthians 13:13). We must allow the Holy Spirit to fill us anew every morning; and allow His love to dwell in our hearts, so that trusting Him, our lives will radiate with HOPE!
Trust God. We serve the God of HOPE! We gain new understanding, knowledge and insight about our Lord, by spending time in His presence, in His Word, and through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Little by little, we learn that God can do anything. He is sovereign, supreme, loving, patient, kind and in control. Little by little, we experience His joy and peace in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit we will abound in hope. Little by little, this enables our lives to overflow with confidence and expectation that God is our life-giving HOPE, and that His promises will stand forever.
Father God, we praise, glorify and magnify Your holy name, and we ask that You fill us up with HOPE. Fill us with joy and peace, so that our believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with HOPE! Put a continuous melody of overflowing love in our hearts. We love You and we trust You – all our HOPE is in You only. In Jesus’ name we pray, with thanksgiving. Amen.
(Romans 15:13 – Paraphrased based on The Message Version)
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