The happy expectation of good - from the unseen realm
‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13.
Vine’s definition of hope (elpis in Greek) is our title this week. Our God is the God of hope by the power of the Spirit who indwells us. We have HOPE.
Our understanding of hope can only come from the scripture which records God’s character and God’s intention towards in the New Covenant.
Here we find that: ‘Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
’ (James 1:17) Only good gifts.
Got a difficult situation? - know that He is for you and not against you. Indeed, according to Paul, He will freely give us all things. Come to His throne of grace to obtain mercy and find the help you need.
This is the nature of hope – the happy expectation of good. (Romans 8:32 and Hebrews 4:16)
‘We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’ Romans 8:28
How can we enhance this happy expectation of good from the Lord? The best place to start is to be in love with Him – ‘love the Lord with all your heart’ is and has been the trumpet call of both old and new covenants.
Now we have the advantage of being able to frequently ask the Holy Spirit for more and more love for Jesus. He answers!
Then get to know and understand the truth. Discern between the covenants as the way He manages His kingdom changes between covenants.
We can frequently ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with more and more understanding of truth.
We are not the subject of God’s wrath which will come on the earth when sin’s cup is full. Rather we are delivered from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:10.
As born again believers we do not come into judgement – ‘Most assuredly I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life.’ John 5:24
Rejoice my friends. The Lord Jesus Christ is the answer not the problem – for you, not against you, but rather He’s ready through grace to come to your aid. But our enemy seeks to rob and destroy, even kill.
Resist him firm in your faith, take authority over his works - he will flee.
Wishing you the happy expectation of good!