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Overflow with Hope

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Overflow with Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises (Romans 15:13 GW).

God gives you hope so you can give hope to others. Follow Jesus’ example. Jesus’ own people, the Jews, did not accept Him. Jesus’ brothers did not accept him. James, his brother, did not see him as Messiah until after his death, burial and resurrection. Jesus poured out his life for others—even those who rejected him.

Look at the lives of the Old Testament prophets. Many were tortured and killed, but they kept reaching out. Jeremiah might not have had a single convert, but he faithfully said and did what God told him to do and say.

You and I are not on the earth to live for ourselves.

We are here to serve God and serve others. You are to be a light to the world wherever God puts you. Be a stabilizing force wherever He chooses to place you. Overflow with hope. Make yourself available for what the Holy Spirit will do through you.

 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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