HOPE IN THE LORD
Sometimes we think “hope” means a wish or desire. But in the Bible “hope” means “confident assurance.” As Christians, we have confident assurance God will keep His promises. Our assurance is that He is in control of all that happens with a plan and purpose for our growth and His glory. We are assured of His continual presence with us on earth and our eternal presence with Him in heaven.
Hope is looking ahead, beyond the present hard times. Circumstances can distort His love and sovereignty but trust in the character of God and His Word that never changes rather than changing circumstances
Jesus is our example. He faced the cross because of the assurance of what He would experience after it was over. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Whatever we are facing in life, we must keep remembering God loves us and will use everything that happens for His purpose in our life and in those around us. Keep reading your Bible. It will remind you of God’s faithfulness to those in the past, and His promises to you today. Remember His faithfulness to you in the past. Spend time praising and worshipping Him for Who and what He is, even when going through suffering. When you struggle, ask others to pray for you. You an write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be assured that God is in control of the present and the future, and that He loves us and has wonderful things in store for us.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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