“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirt.” (Romans 15:13)
Hope as defined by Webster’s Dictionary used as a verb is: to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence; to believe, desire, or trust:
Hope used as a noun: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best:
Hope as a synonym from the Thesaurus: expectancy, longing.
We who have received the Holy Spirit of Christ and profess to be followers of His, have within us a Hope that sustains us. Our Hope is not empty, for we know the Hope that is provided to us is our source of God’s presence and power whose Spirit is at work within us in our daily lives. This is a Hope that is experientially realized in our present, in our now, in each moment we are given breath and is of substance.
It is this hope, this expectancy of God’s love for us, where we come to know He desires the best for our lives and we have learned to put our trust fully in His goodness towards us, that we know is genuine.
We who know God, know His intentions are purely motivated in and by His sincere love for us. It is this love that spurs us forward, giving us incentive to fully trust in Him for our present circumstances, fully relying on Him to guide, lead and direct us in our lives.
It is this Hope He has birthed in us by His Spirit, that dwells in the deepest region of our being, that fills us with a joyful longing in knowing the person of Christ, girding us with a lasting peace known by no other source on this earth.
This hope provides us with a strength beyond our own, to endure, engaging in life’s challenge’s in a learned dependence, relying on His ability to help us through any situation we encounter as we walk this journey called Faith.
The Hope given to us, encourages us with an anticipation that rests in whom we believe in, the person of Christ, where it is He who remains Faithful to us in all our days, empowering us with courage, determination, and the necessary discipline to practice our spirituality, setting our focus on those things that will help us grow, maturing in a depth in our Faith walk.
It is this Hope where our reliance is on God’s Faithfulness and His goodness towards us, that is deeply rooted in the truth of His Word that is alive in us, where we become confident that He has promised to never leaves us, and will always remain our loving, gracious Father.
We who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior have this genuine Hope instilled in us by His Spirit. A Hope, that because of Jesus, is a certainty, a reality, a known trust, a felt desire, a true belief, where we can say as the Psalmist proclaims; “I will put my Hope in God! I will praise Him again – my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 42:5-6)
So, dear brothers and sisters, let us faint not, as we continue our pilgrimage towards developing a mature spirituality, for it is this Hope of Christ’s Spirit who is alive in us and is working the Righteousness of His life in our own, where we have come to believe in Him as our source of everything we could possibly need in this life.
And we know we will attain an eternal home with Him when we take our last breath on this earth in our mortal bodies, when He will usher us into our dwelling to live everlasting life in and with Him forever.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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