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Abounding in Hope

Now may the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 15:13 NKJV)

Does anyone else get tired of hoping?   When we have something in our lives that stays the same, or appears that it stays the same because positive changes are taking place at a snail's pace, it is easy for our hope to fade.  At least that is the way it works for me.  However, God's word says that we can abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

abound 1 to be plentiful; exist in large numbers or amounts 2 to have plenty; be filled; be wealthy (in) or teem (with)

So we can have plenty of hope.  By ourselves?  No.  That is where the power of the Holy Spirit comes in.   We will lose hope in our circumstances if we are relying on our own strength; if we forget that God is there waiting for us to ask Him for help.  Let's take another look at the last part of our verse in Romans 15:13:

...that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hmm...see, it does say that we abound or have abundant hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.  But how do we tap into the power of the Holy Spirit?  The answer is always the same: through prayer and reading God's word.  I was feeling hopeless about something this week and through a bible study I've been working on God gave me a measure of renewed hope through His word.  As I was studying about the prophet Jeremiah and his prophetic words about the destruction of Israel due to their sin, God gave me the following:

Jeremiah 32:17 'Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm.  There is nothing too hard for You.'

Isn't it funny how words of hope were just not what I was wanting at the time of my study - I was having a pity party - but yet God saw fit to work His way into my private time!  What a good Lord we serve.  Here is another:

Jeremiah 32:27 "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.  Is there anything too hard for Me?"

Then another...

Jeremiah 32:39 "then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them."

God is in the heart changing business.  He can change mine.  He can change yours.  He can change those around us.  He can change them and us to fear Him and love Him.  Believe it.   We can abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit if we just seek Him through His word and prayer and do what He asks of us.  He will give us the hope.  We don't have to manufacture it ourselves.

Questions to ponder:

1) What is the one thing that I need the most hope for?

2) Have I given it over to God so He can provide me with hope?  Do I need to talk to God again about the situation?