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A Biblical Attitude of Hope

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Where does your hope come from and where does it rest? Is it in the economy or political system? Is your hope resting on your career or financial and social status? Have you placed your hope in your spouse or even in your kids? Hope is where your confidence lies. The only secure and lasting hope is found in Christ Jesus. The apostle Paul understood this fact as evident in how he opens the book of 1 Timothy. The very first verse states, that Jesus Christ IS OUR HOPE.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.” 1 Timothy 1:1 (NKJV)

Abraham also understood that his hope had to rest in God. With a mighty promise the Lord spoke these words to Abraham ….

“By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—  blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.  In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”      Genesis 22:16-18 (NKJV).

Abraham means “Father of a Multitude.” But it was not until he was 100 years old that his child Isaac was born. Can you imagine introducing yourself with such a name and not have a single child to boast about? To see the promises of God occur, we must trust the character of God and His faithfulness to His Word. God cannot lie and as there is no other name above His, He swears an oath with His own name.

In Hebrews 6:17-18 God reveals His determination to give THE HEIRS of this promise a solid hope by reminding them that He is UNCHANGABLE. In a world that is always changing, the promises of God never change. He cannot lie.

Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

AND

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

Therefore, we can take comfort in knowing our hope, found in Jesus, is our refuge. We all suffer from trials and tribulations and become refugees at some point in life. We look for comfort and help so He is that “Strong Tower” we must run to for protection and strength.

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)

Hebrews 6:19 draws an analogy between our hope in Christ and an anchor. Our hope rooted in Christ is an anchor for our soul, the seat of emotions, our will, and the mind. An anchor is that sure and steadfast presence that keeps us steady and safe in the most turbulent of storms.

During a tempest, the anchor of a sailing ship is deployed to the depths of an ocean floor. It keeps the ship secure so it won’t crash against rocks or get lost at sea. However, the anchor of a Christian is not tossed to the watery depths found on earth. No, instead it is cast high above into the heavenly realm where God the Father abides. Our hope is in Christ. Christ is our anchor. Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father in HEAVEN. Therefore, our hope is in heaven interceding for us both day and night. He does not sleep.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

We have a secure line to our anchor in the throne room. It is made of supernatural twin. But to enter into the hope God has promised, we must FLEE TO the place of refuge. Yes, on our knees we must seek His face and ask for His help. To receive the blessings of God we must exercise our faith, trusting in His love for us and in His plan to give us a hope and a future. Hope is the confident expectation of coming good. This is a strong consolation based on the very character of God. God is love.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” John 4:8 (NKJV)

MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES. WHERE YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR HOPE?

“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” Psalm 147:11 (NKJV)

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.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
 And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
” Psalm 57:1 (NKJV)

“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14:26 (NKJV)

“For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” Isaiah 25:4 (NKJV)

* SPECIAL THANKS to Pastor Eric Cartier of Rocky Mountain Calvary. His sermon on Hebrews 6:13-20 inspired this devotion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkMapZB8qMk

MY HOPE IS BUILT

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness seems to veil His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath His covenant and blood
Support me in the ‘whelming flood:
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When the last trumpet’s voice shall sound,
O may I then in him be found.
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before his throne.

Words by Edward Mote (1797-1874) and others
Music by Francis Blight (PRS)

 

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3 thoughts on “A Biblical Attitude of Hope

  1. I can’t find your name or your About or if your man or a woman which makes it hard to respond to you but I did enjoy your message, the song too is one of my favorites and I have used it a few times on my Blog.

    God does not afflict us that we can be assured of which gives us Hope and Trust in our God of Love. We choose to go through the hard things God does not willingly afflict us as the Scripture below confirms, like the Prodigal son we reap what we sow and so suffer until we come to our senses and repent or Satan puts us to the test or he motivates others to hurt us and accidents and chance also happens.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    To say God does evil to bring good out of it as some claim is slander but He does work everything for good in our lives and whatever we suffer He is with us and gives us the strength to endure so we don’t have to be Happy Clappy about our suffering but we can be thankful and rejoice that God is with us as we go through it.

    During the Storms in my life God gave me the Scripture below to remind me I’m not alone.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

    • cherylz1961 on said:

      Hi Freedomborn!
      Thanks for the comment.

      Regarding your comment and scripture….

      “God does not afflict us that we can be assured of which gives us Hope and Trust in our God of Love. We choose to go through the hard things God does not willingly afflict us as the Scripture below confirms, like the Prodigal son we reap what we sow and so suffer until we come to our senses and repent or Satan puts us to the test or he motivates others to hurt us and accidents and chance also happens.”

      Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

      God is sovereign. He does not WILLINGLY AFFLICT but He does give the evil one permission to afflict. We may not know the whys but we do know from Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
      “…. that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.God is love and works all things.” He gave Satan permission to test Job.

      I did not say God does evil. Read the post again. As you said, we will reap the consequences of our sins. However, there are other times when our SOVEREIGN God PERMITS suffering for our benefit and for His purpose. We may not know or understand the reason for our adversity (or that of others) but that is beside the point. We must trust His Character… which is LOVE. We must simply believe our trials have a purpose and are all a part of His will and plan.

  2. Thanks. That is one of my favourite Hymns….and for those who are going through afflictions…The Word says: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all. (Just like he did with Job, Joseph and actually they came out of it bigger and brighter.

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