HOPE Part 2

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by One Blue Horse

We need to love the spirit of HOPE. It is a time when your soul is experiencing hope from good news or something good happening.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

This was part of the words from the prophet Jeremiah when the Israelite’s were going into 70 years of bondage. Probably not the word they wanted but it showed how God was going to  provide for them even while they were in bondage. He was telling them to plant and grow, marry and have families and that He was giving them a future and hope despite the bondage.

God’s hope prospers us wherever we are or whatever circumstances try to overwhelm and destroy us. Our circumstances are not subject to anything but God’s rule, love and protection over us. They are allowed to build character and grow more stability in our lives. It is love from God so we don’t get into trouble with bigger problems. His hope is what keeps us able to move forward even when the way looks dark.

*There Is Always Hope

Romans 15:4 “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

The kingdom of God is full of paradoxes: we receive by giving, we live by dying, we receive honor by dishonor, and more. One of those paradoxes is that we gain hope by suffering, which seems odd. Normally, we seem most hopeful when things are going well, and we lose hope when we suffer. But, not surprisingly, the Bible says the opposite.

Paul explains how suffering leads to hope in Romans 5:3-4. Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. Later, in Romans 8:24-25, he clarifies what hope is. Hope is what carries us through when we can’t see the outcome. It’s what allows us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Paul writes, “For why does one still hope for what he sees?” (Romans 8:24) If we can see the outcome of our trials then we have no need to hope. But when we cannot see the outcome, our hope carries us through—if we persevere and develop the character of Christ.

Regardless of your situation today, there is hope because there is God. Cling to Him through the promises of His Word. Hope never disappoints (Romans 5:5).

True faith is ever connected with hope.

John Calvin

(*Sourced from Turning Point)

 

 

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