I'm sure I've shared this scripture before.
It's Romans 15:13 from the Amplified Bible, one of my favorite verses.
This week, as it came up in my devotional reading,
two new things struck me.
(I love how God's Word is like that!
God reveals new things to you in something you've read over and over and over!)
First of all, it was always the word hope that stood out to me before,
but this time I realized that this scripture talks about HOPE, JOY and PEACE.
That's a powerful three-fold cord!
The next thing that stood out to me is that it's by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes we just can't drum up any more hope, can't muster up joy, can't manufacture peace.
We need the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to give us the hope, joy and peace that comes from God.
And lastly, I love that God doesn't want to give us these things in an amount just enough to survive.
He's the God of more than enough!
He gives us hope that overflows and bubbles over!
I always imagine a fountain when I read those words.
He gives us enough hope, joy and peace, not just to sustain ourselves, but to refresh others.
Don't you just love it?
Don't you just love Him?
He's so good to us!