Posts Tagged ‘God of hope’

Joy.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:9, 11

1. Joy recognized. Jesus offers eternal life defined by joy instead of pain and disappointment. When you know the love of God, you know joy—not a superficial emotion, but deep gladness.

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

2. Joy restored. If your joy in life has grown cold, it can be restored. The answer to any challenge or blasé feeling is found in seeking God and reading His Word. Meditate on God’s great love for you, on His promises for your life found in the Bible. God is so great and wonderful. He can take a whisper of a prayer from your heart and stretch it as big as the universe.

3. Joy received. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Instill in me a fresh sense of vision and purpose. I ask for Your joy to strengthen me and Your peace to sustain me. I pray Your plan comes to pass in my life, in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Joy.
Greek: chara
Cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness
–Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

Happy Easter!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

The God Of Hope

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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

The God of hope has solutions to your problems. I’ve walked into situations that did not look solvable. But after I had prayed and sought the God who is able, wisdom poured out and sufficiency came. God is able to do even more than we can think or imagine, so don’t limit God’s ability to provide an answer for the most impossible situations (Ephesians 3:20).

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

Put your hope in God’s faithfulness, which extends to all generations with no variation or shifting shadow (Psalm 100:5, 119:90; James 1:17). He is more faithful than the sunrise.

This is our time to roll up our sleeves and exhibit a steadfastness of hope (1 Thessalonians 1:3). People love the sound of the starting gun, but it’s a whole different breed that makes it to the finish line. “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9). With determined faith, keep holding to the conviction that God is going to bring to pass His purposes; and with your hope fixed on Him, dare to believe that you will see the good news message of Jesus permeate the world!

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation