Romans 15:13 AMP - “May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”
Most Christians see believing as a choice. They think that because they choose to believe that they believe and that is all there is to believing. But the truth is that when we choose to believe that this is the beginning of the process of believing especially when life’s problems have dominated our heart to the place that we struggle to receive the promises of God.
True believing involves our heart being so consumed with the promise that there is a constant expectation of good that belongs to us in Christ. When the promise becomes more real in the imagination of our heart than life’s problem, there is an immediate connection with the Holy Spirit on the inside of us resulting in joy.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit that comes from within but if your heart is dominated with the challenge of the problem you will be insensitive to the Holy Spirit and more sensitive to yourself in your believing.
I am telling you that even though in the natural realm you may not have received the fulfillment of the promise and the problem is still in your life you can be so free of the problem that in the imagination of your heart you see the reality of the promise resulting in such joy in your excitement that comes in the realization of the goodness of God in his promises through Jesus. True believing involves joy not discouragement.
If you are feeling despair in waiting on the promise then you don’t understand receiving as it never involves waiting when it involves the promises of God that have already been given to you in Christ. They are already yours so stop consuming your heart with seeing bad because bad does not belong to you.
Because of Jesus only good belongs to you; so stop owning the bad. In other words, stop identifying with the bad it’s not yours. Only good belongs to you as Jesus has taken the bad and the problem upon Him and given you the promise. It is important that our imagination is working for us instead of against us.
In 2 Corinthians 10:5 we find that a vain imagination is always exalted against God because in our imagination we are not seeing the promise but in the eyes of our heart seeing the problem. A vain imagination is not changed by us casting it down with our external words where we can wear ourselves out emotionally and physically but it is cast down as it says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 by bringing every thought captive to the obedience of who we are in Christ.
Our identity needs to be established in Him and not holding on to the problem and establishing our identity in ourselves according to what we believe concerning the problem. This is why I say that all unbelief is always about us but the promise is always about Jesus.
True believing involves our heart being so consumed with the promise that there is a constant expectation of good. The result is the Joy of the Lord in the promise comes alive in the imagination of our heart. Also right along with the joy there is such a peace that the problem loses its ability to dominate our heart.
When life’s problems dominate our heart it produces fear in the form of an expectation of bad in our life. But, when the promise becomes real to our heart the byproduct is peace. From this place of peace it is easy to hear God’s voice as it says in John 10:27, “my sheep hear my voice I know them and they follow me.”
My prayer for you this day and every day is “May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope."
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