Day 35 - the Holy Spirit at work within us
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
There are times that we lose hope. The creation is still groaning for full redemption, and until Jesus returns to set everything right we can feel the weight of sin and brokenness intensely. Jesus promised us that we’d have trouble, but to take heart because He has overcome the world. So we know we will have trouble this side of eternity, but how do we take heart? When suffering comes our weakness to deal with it becomes so apparent. The weights our hearts bare speak to how much we need a God who is good and is near and will make everything right.
Often in moments like these we and others may be speaking gospel truth into our lives, and we long for it to take hold and free us from despair. We see here that thinking the right thoughts about our future or God’s promises is not enough, but praise be to God for His Spirit in such times! The Holy Spirit supernaturally works within us bringing us joy and peace alongside the pain as we place our trust in God. Hope rises within us as we put our faith in God. This is a work of the Spirit’s power, greater than our circumstances, greater even than our own hearts.
Paul prays this for the church in Romans. As this devotional is being written this is being prayed for you. Receive it. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Invite the Holy Spirit to do this work in your life today no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. Pray as the Spirit leads you.
Consider if anyone you know may need this encouragement today. Pray this verse for them and then share it with them.