Repair, Replace, Expand9 Reasons To Have Hope—No Matter What

If you’ve lost hope and can’t find a reason to ever hope again, here are 9 Reasons to Have Hope—No Matter What!

I hope I get this new job.

I hope I will be healed soon.

I hope my children will follow the Lord.

Maybe you’ve uttered words like these without really believing they will come to pass. So often, expressions of hope are laced with discouragement and doubt, especially in the face of overwhelming loss, repeated failures and betrayals of trust.

No matter how serious your circumstances, they are subject to change, and you can have hope. If you are going through hard times financially, in desperate need to move to a safer neighborhood, or needing a miracle in your marriage, it can all turn around—you can have hope.

If you have become weary and need a fresh Word from heaven, here are nine powerful reasons to have hope—no matter what.

Hope Is a Force That Overcomes
Every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. –1 John 5: 4-5

At this very moment, if you’ve been born again, you have residing on the inside of you three of the greatest forces ever created. These forces have the power to help you overcome any circumstance and change anything in your life.

What are these three forces? Faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

These forces are inseparable, and together they have the power to put you on top. But getting your hopes up is the key to putting faith and love to work in your life. To put it simply: If you’ll get your hopes up, everything can get better. Faith, hope and love are the answers you need today for anything you’re facing. Don’t be afraid—get your hopes up!

Hope Is Already in You
At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. –Ephesians 2:12, NKJV

Most people understand how crucial faith and love are, but few understand the importance of hope. They’ve never realized that faith and love can’t function effectively without hope.

Regardless of what you feel hopeless about, the truth remains: You do have hope if you have God! So, don’t go by what you feel. Go by what God says about you and your situation in His Word. Then, by faith say, Thank God, I have hope.

Hopelessness is not caused by a lack of education, a lack of money or a lack of opportunity. Hopelessness comes from being without hope and without God in the world. So, if you have God, you have hope. But, like anything else, you have to feed your hope with the Word of God.

Hope Isn’t a Wish
According to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. –Philippians 1:20, NKJV

Real Bible hope is not wishing.That’s worldly hope. People in the world say, I hope I get a raise at work, when what they mean is, I want a raise. I don’t think I’ll get it…but it would be nice if I did.”

The kind of hope described in the Word of God is much stronger than that because it’s not based on wishing or wanting. It is based on your covenant with God and the anointing He has provided to carry out that covenant in your life.

Hope Is Always at Work
But if we HOPE for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.–Romans 8:25, NIV

The powerful force of hope is a supernatural expectancy. But, keep in mind, you can expect something good or bad. Either way, you’re operating in the powerful force of hope. When you expect something good, you’re operating in hope that comes from the truth of God’s Word. When you are expecting something bad or negative, you’re operating in natural hope or even evil hope.

Supernatural hope knows what God has provided and expects it with eager confidence.

Gospel Hope Always Wins
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham KEPT HOPING. –Romans 4:18

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations when Abraham was 100 years old and childless. All the hope he could see in the natural realm was negative. It was working against him. At his age, the only hope he had was of dying. He likely faced thoughts of doubt and natural opposition to God’s idea. But he combated those thoughts, and made a decision to operate in gospel hope instead. He had to choose between natural hope and gospel hope. He knew that gospel hope always wins—and it did!

Gospel Hope Is NOW
NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for…. –Hebrews 11:1, KJV

How do you know if you’re operating in gospel hope? Listen to your words. If you’re facing financial struggles, natural hope says, “I hope I’ll be able to pay my bills, but supernatural gospel hope says, My bills are paid, glory to God, because God’s Word says all my needs are met according to His riches in glory!(Philippians 4:19).

Natural hope is always in the future. It’s always tomorrow or the next day: Well, I know God will heal me if He wants to. But supernatural hope is always right now: I’m already healed because by His stripes I was healed! That’s faith.

Faith always says, Now. If faith is now, when is hope? Hope is now, too.

Hope Is the Blueprint of Faith
Faith is the substance of things Hoped for…. –Hebrews 11:1, KJV

Just as the Bible is the blueprint for Christian living, hope is the blueprint of faith. Faith has to have hope to work. Hope has to have faith to produce.

Hope gives you the picture of what God wants for you through the Word of God. Then, faith takes that idea and goes after it. That is how hope and faith work together. Hope is the plan that faith sets out to accomplish. It’s the goal setter.

Hope Always Sees
…the evidence of things not seen. –Hebrews 11:1, KJV

The unseen things mentioned in Hebrews 11:1 are things seen with the eyes of hope. Hope always sees before the natural eye can. Some people have trouble focusing on those unseen things. They’re hung up on what their natural eyes see instead. After all, they reason, that’s reality.

How can you see through the eyes of hope? By renewing your mind—read, study and meditate on the Word of God. Pray and listen to the Holy Spirit. That is how we get ourselves out of the natural realm and step into the supernatural, where truth resides.

Hope Anchors Your Life

This HOPE is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. —Hebrews 6:19

When a ship is tossed about by the waves and wind of the sea, it relies on one thing—the anchor. An anchor keeps the ship steady—firmly in place. That’s what hope does for you while you’re standing in faith. Maybe you’re believing for something, but the circumstances of life leave you feeling tossed about. Hope is your anchor.

You can’t drift around in hopelessness and live in victory. You have to get in the place of faith and stay there. You have to be stable in hope.

In conclusion, you already have everything you need to have real Bible hope. When you face struggles or disappointments, remember that hope is a force that is already in you, it isn’t a wish, it always works, it always wins, it’s now, it’s your blueprint, it always sees and it is an anchor. Hope will fuel your faith and take you to a place of victory through Christ Jesus. His promises are His will for YOU. So, no matter what, don’t give up—get your hopes up

Focus on the Finish Line

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14
When you’re running a race and coming toward the end, you’re exhausted. You don’t feel as though you could go on another moment. But you realize that you’re almost at the end and have to finish the race you’ve begun.

I had a new pair of running shoes in the trunk of the car, just in case the rumor was true. And sure enough, it was. I put on my shoes, went to the starting line, and started sizing up my competition. And then the starter pistol went off.

Suddenly older guys were passing me; I couldn’t believe how fast they were. I was pouring it on, but about halfway into the race, I realized that not only was I going to lose, but I was going to lose horribly. So I just walked off the track.

Writing to the believers in Philippi, the apostle Paul said, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14 NKJV).

He also made this statement in 2 Timothy: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (4:7 NKJV). Paul used the Greek word agōn for fight,which translates to struggle or struggling.

This reminds us that we need to keep going and finish our race, even when it gets difficult.

How are you doing as a follower of Jesus? How are you doing in the race of life? Are you winning or losing? Are you gaining ground, or are you losing ground?

Press on. Keep running

SBS

The Holy SpiritTruth on Trial

The Bible is the one supreme source of the revelation of the meaning of life.
—Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

Most Christians recognize the Bible as a book that is full of good advice,but the question remains as to whether or not Scripture has the inherent authority that it should have if we are to be truly obedient to God. If we believe that Scripture is more than simply good advice—that it is, in fact, the inspired Word of God—then all the words in Scripture are God’s Words in such a way that to disbelieve any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.

Divine revelation is essential if we are to know something about God’s character and moral laws. And even though He has placed in every person’s heart an awareness of His existence and attributes (Romans 1:18-20), the Scriptures are essential if we are to know and understand the Gospel, maintain a dynamic spiritual life, understand His intentions for the church, and know God’s will.

Understandable & Trustworthy
If the Scriptures are to be profitable for us, then they must be understandable and trustworthy. And since God Himself is the author of Scripture, the Bible must necessarily be sufficient and comprehensible so as to communicate His purposes. God did not reveal His Word to the writers of Scripture for us not to understand it! In fact, Deuteronomy 6:6-7states, These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” The clarity and trustworthiness of the Scriptures should lead us to:

Recognize our individual responsibility to search out and know for ourselves w hat God desires and requires
Apply His Word in every circumstance, even though our knowledge and understanding of the same may never be complete
Continue to study His Word to improve our knowledge and understanding
Grace filled words:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
(2 Timothy 3:16)

Additional Scripture: Isaiah 55:11, Romans 1:17, Psalm 19:7, Romans 15:4, Romans 10:17
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A Cheerful Mind

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good … Give thanks to the God of gods … To Him who alone does great wonders … to Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1-5

God feeds us and supplies all our needs, just as He provided for His people during their 40 years in the wilderness. He sees our condition and looks out for us. We should respond, as Milton suggested, by declaring His praises. For His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure.

Today, remember that God is faithful. You can trust Him. He is worthy of praise

SBS

Something Bigger

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  John 14:12

Faith in God is a very powerful thing. When we believe, we are trusting that there is someone bigger than ourselves at work in the world around us. Sometimes depending on that belief can be difficult but in the end, it is well worth it. Believing in God means that we are given the opportunity to do great things. When Jesus shares this promise with His disciples He encourages them to do even greater works than He. It was not a challenge but a promise. If we believe in Him, doors will open for us to do great and wonderful things. Don’t be afraid to believe in someone bigger than yourselves. It is faith that will give you the opportunity to do unimaginable works that bring honor to God. –

Unrepentant Heart:Let us be like the one who accepted responsibility for His sins. So instead of blaming others or using reasoning to get out of guilt and punishment, humble yourself and admit that you are wrong, and repent

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us! But the other rebuked him, saying, Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.- Luke 23:39 – 41

This verse tells us about the crucifixion of Jesus with the two thieves beside Him. One of them challenged the Lord to show His power by setting them free from their situation. The other thief rebuked Him emphasizing that they deserved to be punished because of their deeds, but that Jesus was innocent. This tells us that a repentant heart is a heart that is willing to accept full responsibility for their sin, including its punishment. Let us not be like the second thief who only wanted to escape punishment. Let us be like the one who accepted responsibility for His sins. So instead of blaming others or using reasoning to get out of guilt and punishment, humble yourself and admit that you are wrong, and repent

Romans 15:1-7

Every week churches are filled with people experiencing a wide range of problems, and as believers, we’re to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). This isn’t just the job of the pastor he can’t possibly know about every need in the congregation. That’s why we’re all called to help each other practically and spiritually. But doing this may require some changes on our part.

Awareness. If we’re not sensitive to what people are facing, how can we pray for them or offer some kind of support? Ask the Spirit to help you tune in to the struggles of others.

Acceptance. We’re to accept fellow believers as Christ has accepted us. That means being willing to share the burdens of others, no matter who they are.

Availability. Helping people may not be convenient, but a faith community thrives when we make time to be there for those around us.

The Lord is the ultimately the one who comforts the hurting and helps the weak, but He often does this through His people. Scripture tells us the whole law is fulfilled in one commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 5:14). Do you limit your support to family and friends, or do you show love to all your neighbors?

Equipped to Do His Will

We might be afraid to answer God’s call, but He promises to equip us with everything we will need.

Exodus 3:1-14

When he was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses argued that he was the wrong person for the job because his speaking skills weren’t good (Ex. 4:10). I’ve met people who likewise knew the Lord had called them to do something, but they didn’t believe they could. This is actually a form of rebellion. It amounts to telling God that He isn’t powerful enough to equip you—and that for His will to be accomplished, it depends upon your ability.

God is more than able to equip His followers, but He can achieve His purposes with or without us. He promises that if we believe Him and move forward in obedience, He will reveal what He wants done and enable us to accomplish it. Philippians 2:13 says that God Himself is at work in you, both to desire and to work for His good pleasure. There’s nothing to fear. We never have to take on His work in our own strength, and He won’t assign any task without enabling us. He is committed to equipping His children to do whatever He asks.

As a follower of Christ, you have a personal responsibility to say yes when God calls and to let Him achieve His purposes through you. He won’t let you down. Recalling how He’s worked in your past will strengthen your faith. And His continued work will conform you to the image of His Son.