On the way to work, I saw these words written on a sign at a local
church. It said, "Hope Is Real." I thought about it and (needless to say) agreed
with the statement. But as I pondered the simple little phrase, I realized that
for many people hope is not real. I believe that is one of the most important
gifts we can give to another person, the gift of hope.
You see, someone
who is hopeless and alone usually cannot help themselves out of their situations.
They have a great sense of loss and helplessness. We must come alongside and bring
the good news of Jesus Christ and all that He has to offer.
thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that
they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10 KJV
One definition for hope is: To look forward to with confidence
or expectation. We must bring the Word of God with all its hope to someone who
does not know it is real. When we bring hope, we bring life. It is life changing
to finally believe again. It is more than just asking God for something we so
badly need; we must expect our miracle. Somewhere in the midst of asking, believing,
and expecting God to answer, we will find what we are looking for.
am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of
the living." Psalms 27:13 NIV
I have felt for a long time that
the biggest problem we have in the world today is there are so many people who
have lost hope. There seems to be so many hurts, problems, sicknesses, troubles,
financial woes, family problems, world issues, political concerns, etc. It seems
the world has no hope.
Apart from God, it is an awful, hopeless place.
But with God's help, we can make it. I want you to know that whatever situation
you find yourself in at this moment, there is hope. You may not be able to see
or feel the hope, but it is there for you. How do we find the hope? There is only
one place where hope can be found, and that is in Jesus Christ.
I did a
word search in the Bible for the word 'hope' and found many wonderful passages.
They were mostly in Psalms and Proverbs of course. David found himself in situations
many times and had to remind himself that Hope is Real. It comes from God. Here
are a few of David's prayers to God:
Psalms 39:7 NIV "But now,
Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you."
42:11 NIV "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your
hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."
25:4-5 NLT "Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD; point out the right
road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God
who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you."
25:3 NIV "No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,"
33:18 NIV "But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose
hope is in his unfailing love,"
Psalms 119:49 NLT
"Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope."
He wants you to trust Him. You need to agree with God about your situation. What
does God say about who you are and what His will is for your life? Don't go by
your feelings. Instead we should remind ourselves that God only has plans for
us that are good. Jeremiah helps us remember what God has to say about us. "For
I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and
not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
do not need to be disappointed and feel alone. We can have hope! God's love in
our hearts will ignite the flames of hope we have buried deep inside our hearts.
God's Word can encourage us as we read it with great anticipation and faith. Paul
writes in Romans these words of encouragement:
Romans 5:5 NIV "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."
15:4 NIV "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,
so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have
Here are a few key scriptures that help us to understand
what we need to do. Words like "be strong, take courage, wait, reverently and
worshipfully fear God, tarry for the hope, wait patiently for it, and be joyful
in hope. They are all action words we need to work on. Read these scriptures out
loud during your Devotion times. Watch how hope will come alive in your heart
as you speak the Word of God over yourself and your situation.
31:24 AMP "Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and
hope for and expect the Lord!"
Psalms 119:74 AMP "Those
who reverently and worshipfully fear You will see me and be glad, because I have
hoped in Your word and tarried for it."
Isaiah 40:31 NLT "But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high
on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not
Romans 8:24b, 25 NIV " But hope that is seen
is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what
we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."
12:12 NIV "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
don't want this to be just another Devotion. I want it to bring life to you.
Pray out loud the words of hope into your life and your situations. I have hope!
My hope is in the Lord! I will be strong and wait on the Lord. I trust God with
my life and the life of my family. Speak these words every day. Hope Is Real.
It comes from God! He has placed it in your heart. Speak it out and watch what
God will do for you.
Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill
you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with
hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
What is your need today?
Is it for a financial blessing, healing in your body, a new job, a house or car,
etc? Whatever it is, take it to Jesus today. Is there someone in your life today
that needs encouraging? Speak the Words of hope that bring life. Hope Is Real,
just try it.
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