This morning I began digging into the Abounding Hope study, by Lara Williams and Katie Orr. The first verse we dissected was Romans 15:13.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
We were instructed to pull out the truths, commands and promises from the text, and then to apply them to ourselves.
Fact: The truth is that joy and peace come from believing.
Fact: The command is to believe in order to feel the joy and the peace.
Fact: The promise is that He WILL fill us with His joy and peace if we BELIEVE.
Fact: The general sadness or just plain blah that I had been experiencing over the weekend is a lack of faith. Somewhere, in some way, I am not believe my God for something. And that, my sweet sisters, is what is preventing the joy and peace from filling my heart and mind.
So, while I absolutely believe that God is who He says He is, and can do what He says He can do, and all of that — if I am wallowing in some kind of funk that I can’t even really pinpoint the origins of, I am not exhibiting that faith, or living that faith.
I don’t want that to be my legacy. I want hope all things, believe all things, and be filled with the joy and peace that comes from believing.
How about you??
What are your facts today?