Romans 15:13

One of the most frustrating things about college is when there is a course you want to take, but there is a prerequisite which you do not want to take. However, if you really want the one class, you will do the other first. You have to take it because the course you really want is built on the foundation of the first class.  

In our spiritual lives there are sometimes prerequisites as well. This passage says that our God is a God of hope, but there is a foundation  which must be built for us to enjoy that hope. We must first be filled with joy and peace in believing. See, Biblical hope is “a confident expectation.” We have hope in Jesus’ return because we truly do believe that He is coming back for us. 

So, when we are full of hope through the power of God’s Spirit, it is because we already have the foundation of belief. We believe in God so strongly that our lives are joyous and peaceful. Hope naturally follows belief. 

Conversely, if you find that you are a worrier or often depressed, it is because you have no hope. Depression is at its core a lack of hope, and a lack of hope is symptomatic of a lack of belief. 

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

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