Romans 15:13 (NKJV) – 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.
You can lose money, things, or even relationships. But never lose your hope, under any circumstances.
When we look at the book of Romans, we can see that it is broken into 3 sections
- Doctrinal Section (Chapters 1-8)
- Dispensational Section (Chapter 9-11)
- Devotional Section (12-16)
God Provides Hope
In Romans 15:13 we see that God is the God of Hope. He is the source of our hope.
How Does He Provide Hope?
God Provides Hope Through His Word
When we are needing hope, we must go to the Word of God.
Romans 15:4 (NKJV) – For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
“If you are void of the Word, you are void of hope.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
“If you are deficient in hope, get in the word.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Psalm 119:49 (NKJV) – Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
God Provides Hope Through His Works
Psalm 78:4-7 – We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children, That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;
“If God did it before, He can do it again!” – Anonymous
So we gain hope knowing God’s track record in our lives, and in the lives of those who came before us.
The Proof of Hope (Joy and Peace)
In verse 13 we see that joy and peace are the proof of that hope. God is filling you with joy and peace. And because you have joy and peace, you have hope.
“It’s contagious to be around someone with hope.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Hope is expectation of a favorably future.
The Power of Hope
The Holy Spirit is the power of hope. The Holy Spirit causes hope to abound in us.
Zachariah 4:6b (NKJV) – Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, Says the Lord of hosts.
“He wants there to be so much hope that you have enough hope for the people around you” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Romans 4: 17-18
17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”