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 A New Year’s Resolution for Christians 2 Corinthians 5:17

A New Year's Resolution for Christians 2 Corinthians 5:17

Resolutions can be hard to maintain. But 2 Corinthians 5:17 gives us A New Year’s Resolution for Christians that is super easy to keep all year long. Find out how in this short Bible Study.

 

New Year, New You

It’s time to turn the page and embrace a New Year and a New You.

For most of us, that means making new resolutions to accomplish the goals we’ve wished for and planned all year long.

Now that the Thanksgiving pie and Christmas cookies are gone, many of us will resolve to lose weight. We’ll spend lots of money on gym memberships or workout equipment in the hope of shedding those extra pounds and improving our health.

Some of us got caught up in the grind at work this past year, and now we want to improve our relationships with the people in our lives. So, we’ll resolve to carve out more time for those we love the most.

And maybe some of us will take up a new hobby or plan next summer’s vacation.

How to Set Christian Resolutions

But no matter what our New Year’s resolutions are, they all have something in common.

We want to do something new. We want to feel the excitement of the road less traveled and have a renewed hope for a brighter future to come.

These resolutions represent a transformation we want to take place in our lives.

 

What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 5:17?

But if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, then an amazing transformation has already taken place.

Let’s read this scripture from 2 Corinthians 5:17 and discover the spiritual new year’s resolution that has already taken place in our lives once we are saved.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
                                                                                                  

                                                         2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

 

A New Creation

Because we are in Christ, He has made us new. He has cleansed us of our past transgressions, changed us from within, and transformed us into the very likeness of Himself.

The moment we gave our heart to Him this transformation happened.

We didn’t have to work hard for it, put the hours in at the gym, or spend lots of money to accomplish this goal.

Jesus did the work for us on the cross!

His death and resurrection turned us into a new creation the second we believed. And now we are restored to what God originally created us for, a loving relationship with Him.

Old Things Have Passed Away

With His work on the cross, Jesus gave us the gift of grace and the ability to let go of the past and move forward into the brighter future we’ve hoped for.

Because of the transformation that has taken place in our lives, we no longer have to right all of the wrongs we’ve done or think about the things we could have done in the past.

The slate has been wiped clean. The old things have passed away. They are completely gone, and we are forgiven.

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Behold All Things Have Become New

Now with the help of the Holy Spirit within us, we can see the world through spiritual eyes.

All things have become new. That includes us and the way we see the world.

Our relationship with worldly things has transformed just like we have. Instead of valuing what the world offers, things like money, status, or a perfect body, we value what God values.

And His ideas are a little different from our own.

God cares about people first. He wants to know what is in our hearts and all of the things that make us uniquely us. He wants to share a close bond with us and give us a strengthened faith for the future ahead.

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A Biblical New Year Resolution

The biblical resolution in 2 Corinthians 5:17 is not like the typical New Year’s resolutions we usually make. Instead of a handwritten list of goals we hope to accomplish next year, we have a renewed sense of what has already been done for us. And we can see it clearly in the nail-scarred hands of our Savior!

Where will the new year take us?

My prayer is, we’ll see through our spiritual eyes the future God has in store for us. That we’ll grow closer to Him than ever before. And remember all Jesus has done to make us a new creation in Him!

So, as you’re making your resolutions this year and striving to maintain them, I encourage you to think about the things you can do to improve your spiritual life, as well as those that will improve your personal life.

With that in mind, I’ll leave you with this Bible verse we all know so well and the one I will be thinking about as I write my spiritual New Year’s resolutions…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
                                                                                            

                                                         Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

 

God has a plan for you in the new year! A wonderful plan to give you hope and peace. And most of all to have a loving relationship with you.

May the message of hope found in this scripture from Jeremiah 29 encourage your heart and strengthen your faith today!

 

Happy New Year and may God bless you!

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How to Overcome Doubt – Matthew 14:31

How to Overcome Doubt Matthew 14:31

Doubt is a dirty word in Christian circles. It’s something we don’t talk about just in case the pastor is listening. And we pretend we don’t feel it because we think our friends will look down on us if we admit it. So, in this devotional, we’ll read the words of Jesus from Matthew 14:3,1 and learn how to overcome doubt.

What is the meaning of Matthew 14:31?

Let’s read this scripture together…

 

O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

                                                   Matthew 14:31 NKJV

The truth is… No matter how long we’ve been Christians, or how strongly we feel about our faith in God, we all have doubt. Every single one of us.

I have doubt, and I bet you do too.

Having doubt doesn’t mean we’re bad or that we don’t love Jesus. It just means we’re human. Because it’s human nature to doubt what we can’t see.

We think if we can’t touch it or hold it in our hand, then maybe it’s not real. Sometimes doubt is just a fleeting thought. It comes to us in an instant and leaves just as quickly. But other times doubt lingers. It plays tricks with our minds, tears us apart on the inside, and robs us of our joy.

What causes doubt?

Before we go into how to overcome doubt, let’s look at where it comes from. If we can understand the source of our doubt, we can easily quiet it when it comes calling.

#1 Satan

All Christians have an enemy in Satan. He seeks to destroy us. And doubt is one of the many tactics he uses against us.

He will search for a way into our lives to achieve his goal of utterly demolishing us. And once he has found a way in, He is relentless in his attack.

He slinks in, like the snake he is and puts doubt in our minds leaving us feeling hopeless. Then he’ll slink off again to look for some other poor soul to terrorize.

But we don’t need to fear Satan or listen to his lies. Jesus has already defeated him. However, we do need to be mindful of his plan to place doubt in our hearts and minds and learn to recognize his devious actions.

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#2 Outside Sources

We are called to live in the world but not of it. But sometimes living in the world leaves us vulnerable to doubt. These outside sources are the things of this world that distract us from God’s plan. They could be the people we surround ourselves with, the things we read or watch on TV, social media, etc. Anything we put into our minds can cause doubt to form if we allow it to influence our thoughts and beliefs.

#3 Ourselves

Sometimes our doubt is much closer to home than we would like it to be. At times, we can be our own worst enemy. Our view of ourselves can leave us feeling like we’re not good enough or that we’re a failure. These negative thoughts can cause doubt to creep into our minds if we allow them to take hold.

How to Overcome Doubt in Faith

God, in His infinite wisdom, knows the innermost workings of our minds. He knows we have doubt and He knows we wonder where He is when everything goes wrong in our lives. He understands our hearts and He has not left us alone to face doubt on our own. We can recognize what causes doubt and quickly overcome it with one simple God-given tool…our Faith!

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                                                   Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

Faith is the gift of God, given to us to help in the times we face doubt and unbelief. It is the evidence of the things we can’t see but know in our hearts to be true.

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How do you overcome doubt?

In Matthew 14:31, Jesus said to the disciples, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  But what does this simple scripture means?

The disciples had been with Jesus, and they saw Him perform miracle after miracle. They had the unique opportunity of being an eyewitness to the ministry of the Savior. And they still had doubt!

At some point, each of us made the decision to give our lives to Christ because the Holy Spirit showed us the truth of who Jesus is.

Unlike the disciples, we have not physically witnessed the miracles of Jesus. But we know for a fact God is real and Jesus is the Son of God because of our faith.

And even though We may not be able to reach out and touch God or witness the miracles of Jesus with our own eyes, but we can see what He has done in our lives, around us, and for us.

We have seen the hand of God at work. This is the evidence of our faith Hebrews 11 talks about. And our salvation through Jesus at work.

If we look around we will see God’s goodness surrounding us. And when doubt enters our minds, we can remember those times when we were so close to God it did feel like we could touch Him.

How to Overcome Doubt Biblically

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

                                                     Romans 10:17 KJV

We have the most powerful weapon on earth at our disposal, God’s Word. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and understanding the truth within it. We can grow our faith by reading the Bible and storing it in our hearts. When we become firmly grounded in God’s truth, doubt will no longer have a hold on us. Instead of allowing doubt to destroy us, we can simply turn to the Scriptures and lean on the promises of God to get us through. Because God’s word is real!

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Prayer to Overcome Doubt and Unbelief

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!”

                                                      Mark 9:24

This is a prayer of a man who had doubt in his heart but still wanted to believe. It’s an honest and heartbreaking cry to the only One who could help him in his suffering.

We all know how this man felt because we’ve been there, on our knees begging God to help us in our pain and unbelief.

But when doubt creeps in, we have a direct line to God. We can shoot up a prayer to Him in a second and ask Him for strength and guidance.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

                                                    James 5:16 NIV

Our prayers are not effective because we have great faith or because we are faithful to God. They are effective only because we are righteous through our belief in Jesus.

This is our promise from God… He is always faithful to us, and He will hear our prayers when we call out to Him.

How to Overcome Doubt as a Christian

Yes, we all have doubt, but doubt doesn’t have to keep us from experiencing the loving touch of God’s hand in our lives.

It’s okay to have questions. And it’s okay to ask God to help us when we doubt.

But we cannot afford to let doubt penetrate our minds and our souls. We must recognize it for what it is and stop it in its tracks.

Our faith is the tool that helps us to overcome our doubt and seek God’s face in times of need. Each of the Bible verses in this devotional teaches us how to overcome doubt in God and persevere in times of unbelief.

And this final Bible verse tells us where to find hope for such times…

For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You are my trust from my youth.

                                         Psalm 71:5 NKJV

 

So today, I pray each of us will turn away from doubt, seek hope in God, and grow our faith in Jesus.

May God bless you! And help you through times of doubt and unbelief!

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15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

These Essential Bible Verses about Hope give us strength and courage to get through the hard times. And they comfort and us when we need healing and peace.

But before we get to the hopeful Bible verses, let’s take a moment to think about what hope actually is.

Because hope is a word that gets thrown around a lot.

What is hope?

We hope when we get to Walmart there’ll be a parking spot close to the door.

We hope we’ll find a twenty-dollar bill on the ground as we walk into the store.

And we hope the bakery will have that pastry we like so much.

These small hopes get us through the day.

But when life takes a turn for the worst, that one little word, hope, becomes essential to our well-being. It means the difference between spiraling down into despair or putting one foot in front of the other and pressing on.

Hope in the Bible

The hope we have as Christians is very different from what the rest of the world has. Their hope relies on wishful thinking and whatever strength they can muster up inside of themselves.

While they’re wrestling to find hope deep within, we don’t have to. Because our hope comes from a completely different source, and it doesn’t have anything to do with wishful thinking.

This is the hope we’re going to read about in just a moment, the hope in the Bible.

Where does real hope come from?

Our hope comes directly from God and His strength, not our own! And the most essential part of finding hope is understanding who He is.

God is faithful to fulfill His promises! He will never let us down! And when we put our trust in Him, we can expect hope to rise to the surface no matter what circumstance we’re facing.

Yes, there will be days when we’re feeling a little less than hopeful, but we can turn to the scriptures and be reminded of God’s strength, His faithfulness, and His special kind of hope!

Today in this short devotional, we’re looking at 15+ Essential Bible Verses about Hope. Each one is a powerful promise that will fill you with hope as you store them in your heart for safekeeping.

So, let’s read these scriptures on hope together…

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Inspirational Words of Hope from the Bible

 

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

                                                  Psalm 146:5

 

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

                                                 Lamentations 3:24

 

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

                                                 Romans 8:24-25

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God of Hope

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                 Romans 15:13

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                                1 Peter 1:3

 

who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

                                                1 Peter 1:21

 

And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

                                                1 John 3:3

 

 

Bible Verses about Hope and Strength

 

Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.

                                                    Psalm 21:34

 

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.

                                                 Isaiah 40:31 NIV

 

Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.

                                              Psalm 31:24 NIV

 

Bible Verses about Hope in Hard Times

 

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer

                                                   Romans 12:12 NKJV

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

                                                   Hebrews 10:23

 

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

                                                    Psalm 42:5

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

                                                  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

 

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Bible Verses about Love and Hope

 

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

                                                  Romans 5:5

 

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

                                                  Romans 15:4

 

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

                                               1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV

 

 

Bible Verses about Hope and Trust

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.

                                                Jeremiah 17:7

 

For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.

                                                Psalm 71:5

 

 

Faith Hope and Love Verse

 

And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

                                              1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

 

 

When hope seems like a lost cause, these 15+ Essential Bible Verses about Hope will carry you through to the other side. I pray you will store them in your heart, put your trust in God, and see hope rise!

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Our Hope is in the Lord – Psalm 71:5

Our Hope is in the Lord Psalm 71:5

In this short devotional, we’ll read Psalm 71:5 and discover… Our Hope is in the Lord!

We all have hopes and dreams. And we expect the goals we set for ourselves to work out exactly as we plan.

Sometimes they do, and we can celebrate our accomplishments. But other times life gets in the way of our best-laid plans.

We get up every day, go to work, and take care of our families. We’re just going through the motions as the hopes and dreams we started out with slowly fade away. Until one day we find ourselves wondering, is this all there is in life?

I know how it feels to have your hopes and dreams crushed under the weight of life’s demands.

A few years ago, I set out to accomplish a huge life goal. I put everything I had into it. And I truly believed it would change my career and my family’s future.

I was completely invested in it, both financially and emotionally. But no matter how hard I worked, it just didn’t happen.

I was devastated and became disillusioned with the work I was doing. I felt like a total failure who had let my family down. Try as I might, I couldn’t understand what I’d done wrong.

God is Our Hope

The problem wasn’t the work I was doing or the amount of time I’d invested in it.

It was who I was counting on to see the project through. I was relying on myself and my abilities instead of relying on God.

The solution to my problem was simple… I needed to put my hope and trust in God and what He wanted for my future!

And when I began to put my hope in God, He led me in a completely new direction. One full of opportunities to serve Him that I never thought possible.

It may be a different life than what I had planned, but it is a better life than I could ever imagine.

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Our Hope is Not in This World

Our doesn’t come from material things. The perfect career, the dream home, or the big bank account. These are worldly things and not heavenly treasures worth possessing.

And when we put our hope in the world and what it provides, we are hoping in ourselves and trusting in our ability to make something happen. In doing so, we’re essentially saying to God, “I don’t need you, I can do it on my own.”

This path of thinking we don’t need God only sets us up for a fall.

Because in hoping in our abilities, we deny ourselves the opportunity to see the goodness of God’s plan in action. And we miss out on the many blessings He has in store for us.

Where does hope come from?

So, if our hope is not in this world or in ourselves, how do we find hope when we need it the most?

This scripture from Psalm 71 tells us exactly where hope comes from…

 

 For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You are my trust from my youth.

                                      Psalm 71:5 NKJV

Hope in God is different from hope in ourselves. It is grounded in His truth and faithfulness to us.

This kind of hope is a concrete confidence in God’s ability to make His will for our life happen.

When we surrender ourselves to God’s will and put our hope in Him, we no longer need to rely on our abilities. We can trust that God has our best future in mind, and He will lead us into it with faith and confidence in His abilities.

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My Hope is in the Lord, I will trust in Him

There are many Bible Verses that speak so well to the blessings of placing our hope in God and trusting in Him through thick and thin.

This scripture paints a beautiful picture of the strength that comes when we can say… my hope is in the Lord, I will trust in Him.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

And whose hope is the Lord.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

                                       Jeremiah 17:7-8

The image of a tree planted by the raging river of life yet dipping its roots into the water and receiving all it needs to survive, reminds us of the root of our hope, which is faith in God.

Our trust in the Lord when hard times come and we are tested in ways we never imagined, produces this hope. And just like this tree we will make it through the heat and drought and still produce fruit because our hope is in the Lord.

So, when the heat gets turned up and hope seems lost, remember God will sustain you and make you into the beautiful tree this scripture describes so eloquently.

Jesus is Our Hope

Faith in Jesus is the essential element of the fruit that produces hope. He is the reason for our hope. And without Him, all hope is lost.

Here’s a perfect explanation of how Jesus is our hope…

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

                                                 1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV

God sent His Son, Jesus to this earth not only to give us hope but to be hope Himself.

That means Jesus is our living hope!

In Him, we have forgiveness, salvation, and a living hope that can never be taken away.

And because He is our living hope, we have an inheritance waiting for us in heaven where we will share in the victory of our sovereign Lord.

Praise God for our Lord Jesus Christ our Living Hope! Amen!

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Hope for Our Times

In our troubled times, hope is a fleeting feeling that only comes around every now and then.

But that’s okay because God understands how it feels when the hopes and dreams, we have for ourselves fall flat. And as His children, we don’t fall into a dark abyss of hopelessness, instead, we fall into the light of our Heavenly Father’s arms.

This is where hope for our times is found…

The firm foundation of our faith and trust that God has our future in the palm of His hand!

Bible Verse about Hope for the Future

I’ll leave you with this last thought…

 

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

                                                  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Whatever may come our way, we can be sure of this. We have a loving Father who is always willing to hear us when we cry out to Him, support us when we seek His will, and give us hope for the future.

May you be blessed by placing your hope and trust in God! And in knowing Our Hope is in the Lord!

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How to Abound in Hope – Romans 15:13

How to Abound in Hope Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13 tells us to abound in hope. But what did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote these words? In this short devotional, we’ll read this scripture and discover How to Abound in Hope.

 

What does Romans 15:13 mean?

Let’s read this Bible verse together and find the meaning behind it and how it affects our lives today…

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                   Romans 15:13 NKJV

The message of Paul’s words in Romans chapter 15 is a call for all Christians to abound in hope.

To abound in hope sounds like such an amazing thing to aspire to. On the surface, having an abundance of hope and being hopeful in all things sounds like a great idea.

But in reality, we don’t usually think about hope much or wonder whether we have it or not.

Our days are filled with so many other things that need to be done in a short amount of time. Things that seem so much more practical at the moment, like getting the laundry done or dinner cooked.

It’s true, we fall short of experiencing the hope God has for us when get caught up in the day-to-day stuff. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to experience the hope of God or to feel hopeful about the future.

So, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about what it means to abound in hope.

But first, we have to ask…

 

What is the true meaning of hope?

Hope is an expectation that our current circumstances will get better.

The world sees hope as just wishful thinking, a Pollyanna kind of attitude that doesn’t really get you anywhere.

But hope in God is different.

As Christians, we don’t need to walk around with rose-colored glasses on. We have God on our side. And we can have complete confidence that He has everything under control.

This knowledge that God is in control is real and creates a lasting hope in us.

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What does God of Hope mean?

Romans 15:13 tells us our God is a God of Hope.

That’s because God has not left us to face the struggles of life alone. He is with us in both the good and bad times.

He knows we have temptation and that we sin in spite of our faith. And that we need hope to carry us through those times.

So, in our sin and shame, He created a way to salvation and gave us a living hope.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                                     1 Peter 1:3 NIV

Jesus is the source of our hope!

Because of His great mercy, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our hope and to die in our place.

Because Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross and rose again on the third day, He is our living hope.

Without Jesus, all hope of a future in heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus and His resurrection, we have hope if we believe in Him.

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How can hope abound?

If we want to claim this hope for ourselves, we don’t need to look any further than our original Bible verse for today, Romans 15:13 to find it.

This scripture tells us exactly how to abound in hope… “by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,

                                                        Acts 1:8 ESV

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we automatically receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

So, if we believe in Jesus, we already have the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

The joy and peace we have in knowing Jesus lives inside of us. And along with this joy and peace, the Holy Spirit and hope remain in us, ready to be mobilized in our lives.

But just like following Jesus every day is a choice, so is harnessing the power of the Holy Spirit.

But don’t worry if that sounds hard. It’s not. We can tap into this power easily by walking with God every day. That means reading His Word, praying, asking for guidance, and seeking His will.

When we do these things consistently, we’ll see the hope we receive from the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.

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May the God of Hope Fill You

There will always be ups and downs in life. Some days we’ll feel hopeless and like nothing we do seems to work.

Sometimes those days will be few and far between. And sometimes they’ll pile up on top of each other.

On those days, we may feel alone in our hopelessness. But we can be sure, the God of Hope hasn’t left us all alone. He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit and His power to guide us through life’s struggles.

And during these times, God wants us to not only have hope but to abound in hope!

If we turn to Jesus, the source of our hope, He will see us through whatever trials we may face.

And no matter what our current circumstances are, through patience and perseverance, God will give us joy and peace in believing, and the ability to abound in hope.

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My prayer for you is this…  May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. And may you know the power of the Holy Spirit and How to Abound in Hope in Him today!

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A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

Last year God gave me a challenge.

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

                                                       2 Peter 3:18 

In January, I thought this challenge to grow in grace meant spending more time reading my Bible and more time praying and connecting with God. It seemed straightforward enough.

But by mid-March, our world was turned upside down. And along with it, this seemly simple challenge from God was too.

Truthfully, I totally forgot about it while we were reeling from the impact of coronavirus on our lives. But as we moved through the beginning stages of the pandemic, I realized exactly what God had challenged me to do.

It was bigger than simply reading my Bible and praying more. It was about seeing God for who He truly is. And how no matter what terrible thing comes my way, He is still in control!

This challenge forced me to stretch farther than ever before. And it changed me in ways I never could have dreamed of.

After everything we’ve endured this past year, you’re probably feeling the same way. 2020 gave us a new perspective on life and more importantly on our relationship with the One True God.

If you missed this challenge, don’t worry, you can still read it and take part in it by reading the Bible Study 3 Ways to Grow In Grace.

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Now it’s a new year and a new opportunity to grow closer to God!

This year, God is doing something new. Instead of a challenge, He’s given us a promise.

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times!

Here’s the Bible Verse God has placed on my heart for this year…

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

                                                                                                                      Romans 8:28

 

You might have noticed, the word “hope” doesn’t appear in this verse. But it’s there. Loud and clear.

Within it, there’s a promise of hope in uncertain times. Because that’s exactly what we’re living through.

We have no idea what tomorrow will look like or how long our lives will be this way. So right now, the future seems like a hazy faraway dream. It’s a stark contrast to how we saw the future this time last year. Back then we thought we knew exactly how our lives would play out. We could see it so clearly and plan accordingly.

But even though our lives are in limbo right now, this promise laid out in Romans 8:28 gives us hope that everything we’re going through will turn around. Because that’s what hope is… an expectation that our current circumstances will change for the better.

So even with a hazy future looming over us, one thing is certain… God is offering us hope during the difficult parts of our life and for a brighter future to come.

So, let’s break down this verse and look at each part of this amazing promise of hope in uncertain times…

 

we know…

This verse starts us off on the right foot with a statement, a fact, that we know with absolute certainty who holds our future in His hand.

If we possess this knowledge, then we can have complete confidence that the One who saved us will see us through this hardship.

He reached down and rescued us from the miry pit. (Psalm 40:2) So why do we wonder if He’ll do it again?

all things…

When we read this verse, we usually think of all the good things that happen in our lives. It’s pretty natural to want to focus on the positive and put all of the bad stuff out on our minds. And it’s true, God will use all of the good stuff to bring about His plan for us.

But the phrase “all things” actually refers to suffering. It means the “suffering of the present time”. And if there’s anything we can relate to during a global pandemic, it’s suffering in our present time.

With that said, God doesn’t cause us to suffer needlessly or without reason. There’s always a reason and it’s found in the next part of the scripture.

work together for good…

God’s hand is always working behind the scenes of our lives, putting the pieces of the bigger picture together, and doing it all for our good.

Sometimes we can see what He’s up to and have an idea of what the picture will look like once it’s put together. But most of the time, we can’t.

Instead, we rely on faith, knowing that hope and faith go together like PB&J. We have hope, confidence, that God is on our side. And we have faith, believing without seeing, that God is doing what He said He would, working it all out for our good.

And we don’t need to look any farther than the Bible stories of both Joseph and Job to see this in action. They both suffered greatly. And they both had faith that God would see them through it. (Joseph’s story is found in Genesis 37-45 and Job’s is found in, well… the book of Job)

As we read their stories, it’s good to remember that they only represent a brief moment in their lives. The hardship they suffered didn’t last forever. At some point, God’s hand came into view as He put the pieces together for them.

And believe me, He is going to do the same in our lives! This moment of suffering won’t last. We will get to the other side of this hardship and God’s hand will come shining through in the end!

to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…

This promise of hope isn’t for everyone. It’s only for Christians. Those who God has called and those who have accepted His offer of grace.

Unfortunately, not everyone will accept this offer. Jesus said… narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14

But if God has called you into a relationship with Him, and you have accepted His invitation, then this promise for hope in uncertain times belongs to you!

And you have been given more than just hope, you have been called to a purpose. A purpose that is bigger and greater than yourself. God’s purpose, His perfect plan.

All of those plans we made at the beginning of 2020, were our plans, not God’s. They failed because we were focused on the here and now. And because we couldn’t see the bigger picture the way God does. Now, I’m not saying our plans were bad. I know all of mine weren’t, and I’m sure yours weren’t either. But God has a bigger purpose for us than simply getting by.

He wants us to join Him in His kingdom plan. You know the one, right?…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.

                                                                                                           Matthew 28:19-20

This is our purpose and our God-given mission. To take the name of Jesus to those who haven’t accepted the call yet. To show them the love He’s offering. And to see the hand of God putting those pieces together for them, and for us, as He works all things for our good.

If you’re struggling in this present time to see His hand at work in your life, take heart. One thing is this crazy upside-down world is certain… A promise of hope in uncertain times is yours! All you need to do is accept it. Then sit back and watch God’s hand orchestrate it all!

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