You might be feeling hopeless today. Perhaps a dream has died or some situation in your life has just gone haywire. Whatever is happening in your life right now, let me encourage you with the truth of Romans 15:13,

“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.” (NKJV)

Friend, God’s Word says you can abound in hope. How? By the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes you’ll see the Spirit’s power at work in outward signs or miracles that we can see with our eyes. Other times, He does more inward, hidden things—like filling your heart with joy, peace, hope, and the assurance of your salvation.

You’ll see in Acts 17 that when the gospel was preached in Thessalonica for the first time, there’s no mention of any miracles or healing taking place. Yet Paul says the gospel came “in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance…” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

When you look at the Living Bible translation, this same verse says,

“For when we brought you the Good News, it was not just meaningless chatter to you; no, you listened with great interest. What we told you produced a powerful effect upon you, for the Holy Spirit gave you great and full assurance that what we said was true…”

And I love how The Message puts it:

“When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.”

Now read the words of Jesus from John 15:26-27,

“When the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”

The fact is, no one has ever been saved just by reaching an intellectual conclusion.

Your mind and your will are certainly involved, but it’s always more than that. The new birth occurs because the Holy Spirit makes the gospel come alive in your heart. He brings assurance! He puts “steel” in your convictions.

Think of it this way: If you can be talked into salvation, then you can be talked out of salvation. But if the Holy Spirit does a powerful work in your heart, it can’t be taken from you. No person, circumstance, unanswered question, persecution, or tragedy can take your salvation from you.

Nothing can ever snatch you out of the Father’s hand.

The Holy Spirit has a plan for you. First, He wants you to know Him in salvation. Then He wants you to begin knowing Him in other powerful ways—ways that Bayless addresses in our “Knowing the Holy Spirit” package. We hope you’ll request it today and begin your journey to a deeper, more intimate friendship with the Father. Until then, remember, you can abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!

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  • Falone dokolo nzeba says:

    May the lord almighty bless you

    • Team BC says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Falone! Many blessings to you as well! -Team BC

  • Richard says:

    You’ve been a source of great blessings and enlightenment to me and I can’t go a day without reading from your great source of wisdom and knowledge. May the good Lord continue to bless you and be with your ministry. Amen

    • Team BC says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Richard! We’re so grateful for your friendship with this ministry! God bless you! -Team BC

  • margaret says:

    Many people are going through so many trials ,hurts, grief and filling unsure about so many things, This message about How can I be filled with hope is put in a simple way for any one to understand this message.I am always tuned into watching Pastor Bayless on tv/internet. Great ministry with out all of the fluff. The Holy Word of God is spoken plain and simple. Thanks! I am praying for your family and ministry. With power from The Holy Spirit I pray that you and this ministry will continue to be endured with power that only comes our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    • Team BC says:

      Hi Margaret, thank you for encouraging us with your words! We welcome your prayers for Pastor Bayless, his family, and the ministry! God bless you! -Team BC

  • MTD says:

    This message really spoke to me today. I’ve heard this message many times before, but it only made sense to me now, after I had put my hope in other things. I had put my hope in my education, my academic research, my professors, my future–only to be severely let down, feeling like I had no purpose anymore. I read this and was reminded that there’s a reason I’ve been told to put my hope in God for the past 24 years of my life in church. I learned that placing my hope in God means that the rest of the moving pieces in my life would be taken care of, too. Thank you for this message!

    • Team BC says:

      Hello Friend, we’re so glad to hear that this article made a difference in your life! As Psalm 130:5 says, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
      and in His word I do hope.” We invite you to download a free resource from Pastor Bayless here: You’ll be encouraged by this insightful study guide to help you dig deeper into God’s Word and hold fast to Him as your refuge and strength. God bless you! -Team BC

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