The Power of 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

The Apostle Paul prayed for hope. But why did he pray for something that seems so simple? Everyone has had some type of trials and tribulations that can challenge faith. Paul was no different than many who are reading this message today or certainly someone you know.

Paul, who was once known by the name of Saul, saw his own previous unbelief, past behavior and murderous activity as vile. His past was filled with wrong choices and life did not always go well for him. The Apostle Paul also experienced blindness, distrust and misunderstanding with others, beatings, afflictions, hunger, incarcerations and shipwreck (in modern times perhaps it would have been a car wreck). They were the type of experiences that can make a person feel fed up, beat up and want to give up. But Paul knew you must keep the faith no matter what. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Like Paul, “the Lord knows the plans he has for you not to harm you, but to prosper you. plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

However, it can be difficult to see your future or possess this prosperity God has planned for you, when the power of hope is over looked. But you can refuse to cooperate with the operation and power of darkness; resist and pray for the Holy Spirit and your hope. “pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…”. Ephsians1:18

HOPE is not a blasé, nonchalant, indifferent attitude. Biblically defined “HOPE” is a powerful confident, expectation, in which the God of hope fills you with the joy of the Lord that is your strength and the peace of God that surpasses understanding, guards your heart and mind “as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

Hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. The Holy Spirit is the seal of the promise, all of the promises God has given His people. He who is our salvation, is our ever-present help, shield, deliverer, protector, provider and healer. Please join me in praying that that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”; the hope which is the substance that fires your faith until the evidence of what you do not see is revealed.

Yours in Christ

Rev. Vonzenia Crigler

Nehemiah 8:10 •Romans 15:13 • Philippians 4:7• Hebrews 11:1 

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