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15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

Hope is a word that gets thrown around a lot.

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.

But 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. Where does hope, 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, we’re looking at 15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope. Each one will fill you with hope as you store them in your heart for safekeeping.

So, let’s get started…

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

                                               Psalm 21:34

 

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

                                                 Psalm 71:5

 

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

                                             Psalm 146:5

 

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

                                             Jeremiah 17:7

 

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

                                              Lamentations 3:24

 

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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 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

 

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

                                           Romans 12:12

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                           Hebrews 10:23

 

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

 

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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How to Overcome Doubt – Matthew 14:31

How to Overcome Doubt Matthew 14:31

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O you of little faith, why did you 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 that we don’t feel it because we think our friends will look down on us if we admit it. But the truth is, we all have doubt. Every single one of us. I have doubt, and I bet you do too. Having doubt doesn’t mean we are bad or that we don’t love Jesus. It just means that 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 mind, tears us apart on the inside and robs us of our joy.

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. Once he has found a way in, He is relentless in his attack. He will slink in, like the snake he is, and put doubt in our minds leaving us feeling hopeless. Then 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 need to be mindful of his plan to place doubt in our hearts and minds and learn to recognize his devious actions.

#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. 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.

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#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.

God, in His infinite wisdom, knows the innermost workings of our minds. He knows we have doubt and He knows that 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

In Matthew 14:31, Jesus said to the disciples, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  The disciples had been with Jesus and they saw Him perform miracle after miracle. They had the unique opportunity of being an eye witness 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 that God is real and that Jesus is the Son of God because of our faith. 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. 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. If we look around we will see His goodness surrounding us.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
                                                                                        Romans 10:17

When we become firmly grounded in God’s truth, doubt will no longer have a hold on us. #GodsWord #BibleStudyClick To Tweet

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 heart. 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!

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!”
                                                                                        Mark 9:24

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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 he felt because we’ve been there, on our knees begging God to help us in our pain and unbelief. 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 effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
                                                                                         James 5:16

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.

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. So today, I pray that each one of us will turn away from doubt, seek the Father and grow our faith in Jesus. God bless!

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How to Abound in Hope – Romans 15:13

How to Abound in Hope Romans 15:13

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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

To abound in hope sounds like such an amazing thing to aspire to. The idea of having an abundance of hope and to be hopeful in all things, it sounds pretty great to me. But in reality, I don’t usually think about hope much or wonder whether or not I have it. My mind is filled with so many other things that need to be done in a day’s time. Things that, to me, seem so much more practical in the moment, like getting the laundry done or dinner cooked. It’s true that I fall short of experiencing the hope God has for me because I get caught up in the day to day stuff. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to experience the hope of God or that I don’t want 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.

First, we have to ask what exactly is 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. The knowledge that God is in control is real and creates a lasting hope in us.

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Next, where does our hope come from?

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

This 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. He is our living hope because He already paid the price for our sin. Without Jesus all hope of a future in heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus and His resurrection, we are able to have hope if we believe in Him.

Finally, how we can take hold of this hope and claim it for ourselves?

Our original verse for today, from Romans 15:13, tells us exactly how to have this hope… “by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
                                                                                         Acts 1:8

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we automatically receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38) So, we already have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. But just as following Jesus every day is a choice, so is harnessing the power of the Holy Spirit. We can tap into this power by walking with God daily, reading His Word, praying and asking for guidance and seeking Him in all things. Then we will see the hope that we receive from the Holy Spirit in our lives.

There will always be ups and downs in life. Some days we will 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. We may feel alone in our hopelessness, but God hasn’t left us all alone. He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit and His power to guide us. God wants us to not only have hope, but to abound in that hope. If we turn to Jesus, the source of our hope, He will see us through whatever trials we face. 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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Our Hope – Psalm 71:5

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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, just going through the motions. All of our hopes and dreams we started out with begin to 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 and that I had let my family down. Try as I might, I couldn’t understand what had gone wrong.

The problem wasn’t the work I was doing or the amount of time I invested. 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. A direction that is full of opportunities to serve Him that I never thought were possible. It may be a different life than what I had planned, but it is a better life than I could ever imagine.

Our verse this week, Psalm 71:5 says… For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.

When we put our hope in ourselves, we are trusting in our ability to make something happen. We are 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 we deny ourselves the opportunity to see the goodness of God’s plan in action. And we miss out on the blessings He has in store for us.

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

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

Another verse that speaks so well to the blessings that come from placing our hope in God is Jeremiah 17:7-8…

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.

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I love the image of a tree planted by the raging river of life yet dipping it’s roots into the water and receiving all it needs to survive. There’s just something about that picture that place a calm hope into my heart.

God understands how it feels when the hopes and dreams we have for ourselves fall flat. But 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 our hope is found! 😊 Not in ourselves or material things. It comes from the firm foundation of our faith. 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.

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.

May you be blessed by placing your hope and trust in God!

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