“Now may the God of 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).
Hope is having a positive mind. It is envisioning in your mind what God has promised you. It is engaging your five senses and capturing your thoughts to believe what you hope for (2 Corinthians 10:5).
God is the God of vision. He wants you to envision what is yours in Christ. He wants to fill you with joy, peace, and faith that produces a vision of your promise in your mind. This verse says that it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish this. You cannot do this on your own human effort (John 6:63). Those who have little hope limit the Holy Spirit’s ability to renew them in the spirit of their mind with the promises of God (Ephesians 3:23).
Romans 15:13 speaks specifically of acting out of your faith. Faith is a noun. Believe is a verb. Believing is faith in action. When you envision and believe in God’s promise, your faith is alive. Your faith is operating the way God designed it. Remember James clearly said that faith without works is dead (James 2:20). This verse reveals for your faith to be put into practice, joy and peace need to be present in your life. A person without joy and peace can have faith, but if they don’t believe, that faith is dormant and has no life.
Faith is the substance of the things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). Romans 15:13 says you are to abound in hope. Hope is a distinct trait of those who truly believe. Hope can be applied to specific situations in our lives. If you truly believe in God’s promise, hope and joy and peace will be present in your life.
Faith is your evidence of God’s promise (Hebrews 11:1). You can trust the faith Christ has given you. You can live by it (Galatians 2:20).
What has God promised you? What do you hope for? If it is for your health, God promises you will prosper in health just as your soul prospers and is renewed by the Word (3 John 2, Romans 12:2). When your mind is continually renewed by the Word, your mind dwells on God’s positive. You have hope. And when you plant His Word by faith in your heart, you believe. When you believe in God’s promise of health, you have joy and peace concerning your future.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, KJV).
Have hope. Put your faith into action. Envision the promise God has given you. His Word is truth, and it is life. Live by the faith Christ has given you, my friend. Live by faith. Believe. The promises of God in Jesus are yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher