THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS YOU TO HAVE HOPE IN A HOPELESS WORLD.
13 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
So many people today have very limited hope. If water represented hope, most people are well under their daily requirements and walking around dehydrated, this is about all the hope that a lot of people have. They are not overflowing with hope, they have very limited hope. For example, if we put our hope in anything besides God, our hope is going to be limited. If we put our hope in ourselves, we have limited hope. If we put our hope in other people, again, our hope is limited. If we put our hope in our circumstances, our circumstances will only take us so far. Our hope is limited, because it is not put in an unlimited God. The good news is though, if you put your hope in God, he can cause you to overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Have a look at these quotes:
The hope that God has provided for you is not merely a wish. Neither is it dependent on other people, possessions, or circumstances for its validity. Instead, biblical hope is an application of your faith that supplies a confident expectation in God’s fulfillment of His promises. Coupled with faith and love, hope is part of the abiding characteristics in a believer’s life.
Biblical Counseling Foundation – Self-Confrontation Manuel, Lesson 6, Page 6, Used by Permission of the Biblical Counseling Foundation
Hope in God’s promises, therefore, is not a wishful longing but a faith-filled confidence for the future. It is simply impossible to trust one of God’s promises and not anticipate its coming true. To know God is to trust him. And to trust God is to trust his promises. And to trust God’s promises is to be sure of their fulfillment. This assurance concerning the future, anchored in God’s promises, is what the Bible calls “hope.”
Scott Hafemann -The God of Promise and the Life of Faith. Crossway Books, 2001, p. 109.
In the midst of an ever-changing world, the good news is that the life of faith is anchored by the power, provisions, and promises of God. Circumstances may change, but the future is as sure as the character of God himself. No matter what happens, those who trust in God hope in his word.
Scott Hafemann -The God of Promise and the Life of Faith. Crossway Books, 2001, p. 18
Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called “the rejoicing of hope” (Hebrews 3:6).
William Gurnall – A Puritan Golden Treasury, compiled by I.D.E. Thomas, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 2000, p. 144.
If you are hurting today, if you are afraid, put your hope in God, and let him overflow in your life with joy and hope by the spirit. Let’s say that you lose your job, continue to put your hope in God, and he will be your provider. If you find out that someone you love is sick, continue to put your hope in God and let the Holy Spirit be your healer. If you find yourself worried about tomorrow, put your hope in God and let the Holy Spirit be your comforter. If you lose someone you love, as much as it hurts, we don’t have to grieve like those who have no hope. We can put our hope in God and the promise of the resurrection and glory eternally in Heaven. If you are hurting today, put your hope in God. Those who hope in anything else have a limited hope. But, Scripture says this; “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.”