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“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NLT).

From: August 1, 2019


What is this “confident hope” and how can we obtain it? Confident hope is Christian hope. This is different from the hope we express as a wish. When we say, “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” we are expressing a wish without any promise of fulfillment. But Christian hope is like a rope anchored on both ends. One end is anchored in the historical fact of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, while the other end passes through the veil and is anchored to the throne of God where Jesus sits at the Father’s right hand. This confident hope is anchored to God’s fulfilled promise in Christ’s first coming on one end and anchored on the other by God’s future promise in Christ’s return. So we can take hold of this hope like a rope anchored on both ends. Yet, even more this hope is from God who abides in us when we believe and “overflows” in us through His Spirit. This confident hope is marked by joy and peace because we are confident that God has kept His promises and will always keep His promises.
How can we obtain this confident hope? Take hold of Christ who is our hope. Christ is God’s promise to us both fulfilled and future. We can have this confident hope because it is anchored in God through Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for the confident hope we have today in Christ Jesus. We take hold of this hope afresh today. Help us to cling to You rather than depending on any other in this world. As we abide in Your Holy Spirit today cause us to be filled with joy and peace, overflowing with confident hope. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NLT).

From: August 1, 2018

This hope for which Paul prays is not the stuff of wishes and wants, but of sterner stuff, made sure by the Lord Himself. It is hope that rejoices as it looks forward with confidence to an eternal future with Christ. This hope is like a rope, anchored on one end by the truth of Christ’s resurrection and passing beyond the veil to be anchored in the promise of Christ’s sure return. Those who trust in Christ overflow with this confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you know this confident hope today?

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 ESV)

From: August 1, 2016

Scripture contains two streams. One stream flows tortuous and muddy through a valley, filled with real stories of human sin, violence and judgment. Seeing its filthy flow, we are overwhelmed and often disgusted. We wonder why a loving God would allow for such. Why would this stream of stories even be in the Bible? The second stream falls down from the mountains cool and clean, it sparkles in the sun as it gushes down rocky heights with revelations of God’s righteousness, forgiveness and love. Observing this dangerous torrent and hearing its mighty roar, we are filled with a fearful longing. We have a deep desire to dive into its crystal clear depths, yet one inward glance at our fragile fallen selves reminds us that we would be destroyed beneath its crashing flow. Then, as we follow the two streams passing from the Old Testament to the New, we see them converge. The two streams of Scripture crash together at the cross of Christ. We finally understand. Seen through the lens of the cross it all makes sense. Our sin and God’s righteousness collide in Christ. He took our sin, separation and death, that we might have His righteousness, sonship and life. The two streams of Scripture were written for our “instruction,” both for our endurance and encouragement, that we might have hope in Christ.

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5 NKJV)

From: August 1, 2015

Today’s constant prayer: Show me, teach me, lead me… I’m waiting. Not passively, but actively. Not without moving, but as I move today, being fully present looking for You, O Lord.

“I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand'” (Romans 15:21)

From: August 1, 2012

The apostle Paul described his church-planting strategy: Go where no one has yet heard. This strategy informs our approach at WCC. We want to be a church that grows by preaching the gospel in a clear and relevant way to a generation that is far from God. Do you know someone who has “never heard of Him?” Invite them to join you at WCC this Sunday!

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known” (Romans 15:20)

From: August 1, 2011

Paul’s ambition should be ours. Do we have zeal to see the gospel preached to those who haven’t heard? Christ wants us to crucify our old ambitions and have them replaced with Christ’s. Christ came to seek and to save them which are lost. What’s your ambition?

I love King Hezekiah (2 Chron 30)

From: August 1, 2009

He called the people back to God and revival broke out in the land. After the sinful reign of his father, Hezekiah seeks the Lord. How quickly God will move with mercy to those who humble themselves and seek Him.