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    What Is Hope?

    October 6, 2020

    It is an expensive attribute and one that can often take years to build, that is when we are talking about something rock solid and something that gives us absolute confidence, not wishy washy like “well, I hope so…”.  There is certainly the wishful thinking side of things, but then there is the biblical definition.

    It is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.

    Hope’s strength is the strength of the person's desire and how they look forward with expectation to what God has in store.  We can so easily be swayed by our feelings and our perception of how things will turn out that can cloud our judgement and make us weak and volatile. 

    Call it a singular focus, a heart locked in, a mind engaged that moves us closer to where God longs us to be.  He never wanted us to doubt His goodness.  He wants us to believe for breakthrough, a miracle . 

    I love how The Passion translation unpacks Romans 15:13

    Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

    If there was ever a verse to pray over yourself and others, this is it!  The verse crushes fear and it destroys doubt where we really lock into the promise of uncontainable joy, perfect peace, super abundance and radiating with hope.   I mean, really, this is the kind of person I want to be when people meet me.  I know I’m known pretty well by my laugh, but I also want others to know that my joy comes from a deeper place and I’m learning to rest more and more in what He is doing and less about what I’m striving to become.

    What is the sentence of hope that you need right now?

    In desperation I will be set up for a new revelation from the LORD

    Out of the biggest mess, He can create the greatest miracle

    God is preparing me for the miracle of empathy.

    God shows us who we are by what He has brought us through.

    We know enough about the LORD to get through this valley.

     

    He makes me lie down in green pastures and sometimes to get us to green pastures, he needs me to stop!

    Stop wasting today's strength on tomorrow's problems.

    God is already in my tomorrow.

    The word wait in the Bible is also translated into hope.  A classic verse that I committed to memory in my youth was Isaiah 40:28-31

    Do you not know?
        Have you not heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
        the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
        and his understanding no one can fathom.
     He gives strength to the weary
        and increases the power of the weak.
     Even youths grow tired and weary,
        and young men stumble and fall;
     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.

    Here is what I have been sensing the LORD speaking to me as I wait on Him…from my journal.

     

    Jack, my son, be watchful and wait on me.  Step into my calling, be vigilant and walk in your authority.  Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Be strong in the LORD and in the power of my might.  Be a man who is full of grace and truth.  Trust in my way for you and be led by the Holy Spirit.

    I also have been really blessed by those who also love to lead people to a restored soul and I want to give a shout out to Jonathan Puddle and his 30 Day Devotional that has just be released.  It is a book about practicing the presence of God and creating space to allow us to breathe in His life… just started but really excited about the journey He has me on.

     

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