Are You Behaving Hopeful or Hopeless?
What Is Hope?
Many scriptures in the Bible speak about hope.
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- Isaiah 40:31 . This scripture is a critical daily promise and reminder. If I do not refresh upon this scripture, it speaks to what will happen- we will grow weak, weary, and faint. Sisters, look around you. Look at society forgetting to place God first and, by doing so, trying to control things and intentionally or not bringing havoc into their lives and the lives of others. How weary and faithless are the broken without hope restored?
May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit- Romans 15:13 Our God is the God of hope! Faith and hope coincide very beautifully through our relationships with Jesus. Through dedication and trust, we can grab and hold onto hope and place this hope deep down inside our souls for strength and spiritual and emotional provision. This passage says, 'FILL you with Joy and Peace' these are two precious gifts money can’t buy. It says, 'So you may OVERFLOW with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.' What we must do to receive this is TRUST. First, TRUST in faithfulness, then expects in HOPE.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see- Hebrews11:1 We are all looking for enthusiasm, are we not? If we look to society for this approval and trust, we will always be let down. The community does not understand this true confidence needed to grasp who and how wonderfully we have been created to be. Only through faith can we receive such building up of confidence in our hope and ASSURANCE about what we do not see. I love the word assurance. How solid of a promise is this word used? It exudes hope through faithfulness and trust.
The New Testament is a blanket of hope to the believer. Jesus died for the sins of this world to make us clean through repentance, forgiveness, and cleansing. We must have all faith in Christ and, as we continue down our Christian journey, build a personal relationship with Christ Jesus. We will exude all hope through Christ Jesus, who is our rock, shield, and all the many things the Bible says he is to us.