I knew this because I’d learned the form. I had more power in my 5 foot 4 inch body than ever before.
As Christians, we forget the power we have is found in Christ. We walk around anxious, weak, or scared of circumstances, when the God of the Universe has it all under control.
Romans 15:13 says, 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.
Let’s break this verse down and see 6 ways we can tap into the power of God in our lives.
1. Understand what Hope in Christ means.
The Greek word for hope above is eipidos. This is not hoping we get great seats. This hope is rooted in the power of the resurrection of Christ. There is power in this kind of hope because it is not rooted in chance.
This hope shatters death.
It demolishes things that bring death in your emotional life, in your spiritual life, and in your relational life.
Human hope is fun, but empty of power. Hope in Christ is full of life saving power for now and eternity. When we say our hope is in God, it is powerful.
2. Know where your Joy comes from.
The Greek joy here is charas. It’s where we get “charisma”, and means great joy or delight.
When we look to people, things, or accomplishments to be our basis of Joy, our lives are insecure, unsettled, and inconsistent.
There is great power found in delighting in the Lord because what He thinks is most important to you. It helps bring security and assurance in your life. Find your joy in the God of the Universe.
3. See the Power in Peace.
The Hebrew concept of peace is complete wholeness. The Greek mindset is different. The word used here is eirēnēs, and it usually refers to absence of war. Because Paul’s audience was Roman, he is talking about peace that comes from power. This made a lot of sense to the Romans, with Pax Romana being a main political thought of the day.
But Paul, when he was known as Saul, had been a Pharisee. His context of peace was rooted in complete wholeness. He married Jewish and Roman ideas in this verse.
God gives complete wholeness through the power of defeating sin on the cross.
4. Live out your trust in God.
The Greek here for trust is pisteuein, and is best understood as being faithful. There is power in faithfulness because it is God’s power in you working to bring you closer to Him.
All power of God in our lives is lost if we refuse to live it out for others to see.
5. Let God’s power overflow in your life.
When Paul says “may you overflow with hope”, he is talking about the power of God’s faithfulness. When you combine charas (joy) and eirenes (peace) that is rooted in pisteuein (faithfulness), how can the Holy Spirit NOT be evident in your life!?
How we treat people, why we act the way we do, and who we associate with all are affected by our relationship to God. When God’s power overflows in our lives, it is evident we yield to Him instead of living for ourselves.
6. God’s power should overflow to the point of exploding in your life.
The word for power above is dynamei. The root is where we get out word dynamite. It is explosive power than cannot be contained. Because we have hope, joy, and peace all found in our relationship with the God of the Universe, the power of the Holy Spirit should explode out of our lives!
The power of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian is reflected in the closeness with their creator. If you want to be a power player in life, rely on the ultimate power found in Christ.