Romans 15:13 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. (NIV)
“Peace is resting joy—joy is dancing peace! Joy cries hosanna before the Well-Beloved, but peace leans her head on His bosom. We work with joy, and we rest with peace.” Spurgeon
“Joy relates to the delight of anticipation in seeing one’s hopes fulfilled, and peace results from the assurance that God will fulfill those hopes.”
THE CHALLENGE: Part 1.
Increase over these next 30 days the regularity in which you’re in the Scriptures.
It is through the Scriptures that the Spirit reveals to you and to me the God of hope
THE CHALLENGE: Part 2.
Courageously identify some of the misplaced hopes you have in your life.
Right alongside those misplaced hopes, I would encourage you to wash over your soul with the promises of God.
Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (NIV)