Hope Changes Everything

This past Monday morning, devotional time became prayerful intercession that centered on hope, on the resurrection of it for those of us who have allowed it to dry up and all but disappear.

“Sometimes hope is all you need,” I heard the Lord say once.

But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”​ Mark 9:22-23

Discouragement is a poisonous sponge.  Time can often seem to prophesy against us- the silence becomes deafening, the weight more than can be borne; the wait, like an eternity or even indifference from God.  This is when the Word has to be hidden in the heart- when we must lay a foundation for our faith and see beyond crumbling walls of fear, suffering, lack and disillusionment.  When submission & surrender become more than super-spiritual dialogue, when God’s Truth trumps reality and His promises douse the doubts and Peace takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread.. for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”

“Through Him {Christ Jesus} we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  {and to Him be all the glory}


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