Rejoice in Life-giving Hope
"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer." Romans 12:12
Hope is a small word, but it is one of the most powerful. The Bible calls God the God of hope; He is the groundwork of expectation (Romans 15:13). Hope is a gift from God to be experienced. It is confident expectation of what we know is sure to come to pass because it is based on His finished work. Hope is a life-giving emotion necessary and important to effectively live with a sense of purpose; it keeps us focused, persistent and patient. Without hope, human life may exist, but it will not be alive.
Hope should not be humanistic hope for things to be different and for everything to go away, because it won't. When we see the provision in the promise of God, our human hope shifts to scriptural hope. Scriptural hope says God can and God will. Scriptural hope says, "...rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:2. The glory of God is His results. For believers, the glory of God is receiving and releasing the Holy Spirit for supernatural peace, plenty, power, total provision and continuous supply that has already been provided by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
True hope is a discipline, a determination to believe in God's power and what He says in His Word, even when the world seems to be crashing down around us. The key to surviving any challenge is hope. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11. Take all we ask or think and surrender it to the Lord; He knows how to fulfill His promises told to us in the Bible. He knows the path for us to take (Psalm 62:5, Proverbs 23:18).
Rejoicing in hope is an attitude; a statement of our innermost being, knowing God is in perfect control and all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). We are to rejoice always, not allowing circumstances to cause rejoicing to cease. When we choose an attitude of rejoicing, it affects our outlook, disposition and our relationship with others. Rejoicing helps us to ignore the challenging times, knowing they are not permanent but designed for trusting the Lord and for new doors of opportunity to unfold (Thessalonians 5:18).
Without faith, loss of hope changes our lives. We'll shift from living a life of joy and creativity to living a life of sensual pleasures: over-indulgence of food or alcoholic beverages, misusage of smoking or prescription medications, over-spending or excess entertainment. Seeds of anger, disappointment, hurt, discouragement, frustration, bitterness or resentment need to be released to the Lord. When we bury destructive seeds and allow them to control our lives, they chip away at our hope, create more difficulties and eventually become physical pain.
Obeying Romans 12:12 is possible when we have the revelation that it is by God's abundant mercy that He caused us to live again by a lively hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:3). Lively-living hope is the choice to believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit. Lively-living hope is the awareness of the Holy Spirit as our helper; causing our expectations to live in hope.
Lively-living hope is not something that happens by outer circumstances, but it is by releasing the Holy Spirit to be our constant source of hope. What a miraculous way to expect God's help and experience a lively-living hope!
The Power of Hope
- Living-lively hope is the Holy Spirit in us as our helper (Hebrews 13:6).
- The Holy Spirit is voice activated (Hebrews 13:6).
- Abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
- Do not try to have hope. Instead, release the Holy Spirit for every occasion. Releasing Him leads to real faith to experience the results of God performing His Word.
Heavenly Father, my hope is alive because You are alive in me by the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I know that because of You, I live in a quickened body that responds to people, life and events according to the truth of Jesus' sayings. What a privilege it is for me to be a container and expressor of Your life that flows through me... always! I say it to be so by Jesus Christ's name. Amen.