Feb 18 – Hope is … Given to us

The word hope appears 174 times in the New International version (NIV).

  1. 146 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
  2. 144 times in The Message (MSG).
  3. 195 times in the Amplified Bible (AMP).
  4. 150 times in the New King James Version (NKJV)

Think there’s something of importance here?

From the beginning, man realized that we could not save ourselves.

I wait in hope for your salvation, God.–Genesis 49:18 (MSG)

He gave us people to demonstrate for us and prove to us that we can count on Him.

Now therefore, do not be afraid.
I [Joseph]will provide for and support you and your little ones.
And he comforted them [imparting cheer, hope, strength]
and spoke to their hearts [kindly]. –Genesis 50:21 (AMP)

Who has God placed in your life now, or in the past, that your could count on?  Someone who is or was an example of hope, someone who has goes through life’s trials with confidence that He is in control.

In the garden we fell.  We sacrificed the ability to know constant hope by eating the apple.  And daily, we hurt our view of hope by giving in to sin.  Think of it this way, you are in a room with all its lights on. (You in Christ with hope)

Someone comes in and leaves the door open and the room they came from is dark. (A sin broke through).  Them someone else comes in from another room and leaves that door open and that room is also dark.  (Another sin)

And this continues until all the doors are open.  What happens?  The room you are in is still lit, but it is not as bright as it was.  And the more doors that open, the more darkness intrudes.  The more darkness intrudes, the less we are able to see or feel the hope.  Until, we ask God to help.  Until we admit our sins.  And with each invitation, each confession, more light appears.  And this light either closes those sinful doors or intrudes into the darkness, bringing hope where there was none before.

God brings poverty and God brings wealth;
He lowers, He also lifts up.
He puts poor people on their feet again;
He rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope,
restoring dignity and respect to their lives — a place in the sun!   –1 Samuel 6 (sel.) (MSG)

Hope is a gift that must be seen and accepted.  It must be held on to and allowed to grow stronger and brighter.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character;
and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love
into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.      –Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

May God, through His Holy Spirit and your love and faithfulness to Christ, fill your soul with hope so that you may experience the peace that passes all understanding.

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Published by: seekersofchrist

After a time of rest, it's time to resurrect this blog with a light on prayer and building our own personal prayer garden. A woman of faith, I want to share my personal insights into God and the Gospel in the hopes that these touch another heart, encouraging them to come to Christ.

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