Are you experiencing the happy anticipation of hope? "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). 

This verse indicates joy and peace can be a great part of your believing faith. When you fully trust the Lord about certain matters, you have great joy and peace released upon you. God, the source of hope, sees your faith, then the Holy Spirit causes you to abound in hope.

The word abound in the Greek, means to:

* super-abound  

be in excess   

* to exceed beyond measure  

* superabundance

When you have a superabundance of hope, then you will be able to anticipate with pleasure the blessings of the Lord. In the Greek text, hope is referred to as "the happy anticipation of good."

God is "the God of hope." He is the Author of hope. Confident hope is brought to our hearts by the Holy Spirit and our expectation goes to the Father, as we are reminded of His love. "Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord" (Psalm 31:24).

"But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall

delight themselves in the abundance of peace” 

(Psalm 37:11).

I pray you experience the mighty truth of this verse and know in your heart and life, the fulfillment of God’s provision. The Lord states those who are meek, (gentle, humble - saintly) will inherit the land. This word inherit has a powerful life changing meaning. It is to:

 * Occupy (by driving out previous tenants and possession in their place)

* To seize – to cast out – to destroy and disinherit – to take possession

 You can go into the enemy’s camp, seize and take back what has been stolen. You can only do this if you live a “meek” life and walk in His authority and peace. 

 This peace means:

* To be safe, happy, well; to receive welfare from Him

* Health, prosperity, peace

1.  Is the voice you hear consistent with the Word? God's voice never conflicts with the Word of God.

2.  Does the voice conflict with human reasoning? Is it reasonable? God's voice isn't necessarily reasonable to the world because the world's system is different. But it is important to be wise in our decisions.

3.  Does the voice clash with my fleshly desire? God's will or voice does not gratify the flesh, but will gratify the spirit.

4.  Will this voice challenge my faith?

5.  Does this voice call for courage?

6.  Does this voice cause me to think of the affect on others? Am I concerned about my influence on others, will I be harsh, crude, or careless? I must yield to Him, love others, and learn to be patient.

7.  When God speaks, He makes me consider future consequences...Satan does not!

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