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Overflow with Hope

Overflow with Hope
Overflow with Hope

Art Journal Note:

On this page I used two magazine images that I had cut out and mounted onto some plain white paper. I ripped around the edges for a softer effect, then glued them onto some lovely green background paper. The verse and prayer were just written out on some plain white paper using a brown Staedtler ball pen.

“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.”

Romans 15 v 13

This is one of those verses that is power-packed and full of truths and promises.

A verse to read a few times, slowly, and think about. Not just skip past thinking, ‘well that’s a lovely encouraging verse’ and move on without thinking about what it really means? What is God asking me to do here? And why?

To me, there seems to be a clear link here between trusting in God and then Him filling us with all joy and peace.

If we need joy? Trust in the God of hope. He will fill us with all joy.

If we need peace? Trust in the God of hope. He will fill us with all peace.

And then there’s the ‘so that’.

I’ve been working through an excellent Bible study by Wendy Blight, ‘Living So That’ (see previous blog post ‘Eating Your Words’ http://wp.me/p56iEe-3J ) and now I find myself constantly on the lookout for verses with the phrase ‘So That’ – to really look and see what the purpose of the verse is! It’s really helpful to unlock Scripture, and there are hundreds of them!

In this verse, the purpose of us trusting in our God of hope is not ‘so that’ He can fill us with all joy and peace – though that is what He does!

As we trust in the God of hope and He fills us with all joy and peace, this is so that we ‘may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

The God of hope passes on His hope to us.

He passes on so much hope, we literally overflow with it.

And it’s the Holy Spirit powerfully working in our lives, who causes us to overflow with this hope that comes from God Himself. Just like the images of the waterwheel, as the Holy Spirit flows through us and over us, He turns us, moves us, enables us to generate hope for others.

We can truly be salt and light in this broken world by being people who are overflowing with hope.

If we are feeling a bit hopeless, or are finding it difficult to trust in God, we need to return to the Word of God. Romans 15 v 4 says:

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”

So the Word of God exists to encourage us and to give us hope. (Note the ‘so that’ in this verse too!) Lets read our Bibles regularly, prayerfully and expectantly!

Heavenly Father, you are the God of hope. I put my trust in You and ask that You would fill me with all joy and peace today. Holy Spirit, flow through me and over me by your power, cause me to overflow with hope, for your glory.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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Eating Your Words

Eating Your Words

 

Art Journal Note:

This background picture of some yummy chocolate bars is taken from a magazine article – I just felt it fitted this verse so well! I then simply wrote the verse out separately on some white paper, cut it out and glued it onto the page.

This page is inspired by some of the words of the prophet Jeremiah:

When I discovered your words, I ate them up;

they were my great joy and my heart’s delight.

I am Yours, and I bear the name of the Eternal God.

Jeremiah 15 v 6

Do you feel hungry for God?

Does your soul thirst after Him?

Do you hunger and thirst for God with a deep-down desperation that comes from living in this broken world, and knowing that only He has the answers, that only He can give us Hope?

Our hope is found in His Word. It can be our great joy and our heart’s delight.

Recently I’ve been working through Wendy Blight’s amazing Bible study book, ‘Living So That’ which I highly recommend (see link below). Today I read a really powerful statement about the Word of God, and I just had to share it here. Wendy Blight quotes from a sermon from Thomas Bevers:

The Bible

This Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s character.

Here, paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity.

Christians in many parts of the world are hungry for God’s Word, literally. Only the other day I was reading about the incredible spread of the gospel in China, and how there is a desperate shortage of Bibles. The Bible Society told the story of a 94 year old woman called Zhang Doazhen who was finally given a Bible of her own, after coming to Christ as a girl.  She waited 80 years for her own Bible. There was just one Bible in her village, shared by them all. For years and years, the whole village took turns to read the Bible. When her turn came, she used to copy out verses by hand into a precious notebook. “These were the happiest moments of my life,” she said. This story has really made me stop and think.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word, that is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Your Word gives me all I need. Your spoken words created the whole universe; your written words are living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, and you have graciously given these to us to help us to know You.

Your Words are my great joy and my heart’s delight, I treasure Your Word and hunger and thirst after You.

Thank you that in Jesus Christ, I am Yours, and I bear the name of the Eternal God. 

In Jesus name,

Amen

Living So That – Making Faith-filled choices in the midst of a messy life, by Wendy Blight

http://wendyblight.com/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-That-Faith-Filled-InScribed-Collection/dp/1401679250/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417303945&sr=1-1&keywords=living+so+that