Unwrapping the Gift of Hope

“Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.” – Hebrews 11:1 (Easy to Read Version)

Father God in Jesus Name I ask that You show me what I need to see in this moment. Lord, show me favor. Give me grace. Let this produce faith, hope and love in my heart. Sanctify me and set me apart because of what I am about to read. Let me see the truth of it and let me apply the principles found at the bottom of this. Holy Spirit of God, show me, what only You can according to Jeremiah 33:3 which states that You will show us great and mighty things that we don’t know.  That is Your Word and promise to me, today, right now in Jesus Name. Show me, me in this situation so there is no confusion in Jesus Name. Amen.

God the Holy Spirit knows everything about you.  The Lord see’s every aspect of your level of faith and knows where you are weak. This is when Gods takes you into His “classroom.” God enrolls you into the classroom of HOPE if you've faced major disappointment over and over in life.

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Hope is designed to revive your heart when disappointment is there. The Bible talks about how when our hope is gone our heart is sick. (Proverbs 13:12) When our heart is sick we are not only depressed but open to sin. The Lord Jesus Christ should be our ultimate hope, but God knows we have desires and hopes that things will change on this Earth. Hope is always tied to a desire of our heart, granted, that being in the will of God. Here is the promise of God. "We have courage in God's presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will. He hears us whenever we ask him; and since we know this is true, we know also that he gives us what we ask from him." - 1 John 5:14-15 (Good News Bible)

At times God will allow disappointments because you have passed the test of love and faith (which are eternal) but there is one lesson you have not learned (that is also eternal) and that is "hope." "And now abideth faith, HOPE, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. " - 1 Corinthians 13:13 (King James Version)

Hope stands in the face of adversity with an expectation that God can do a miracle in any way, at any time and by any measure. When you lose hope, faith, love, a desire to live and sin is right around the corner. Faith in Christ is the foundation. Hope are the walls around the house (your life) and love is the roof (covers your life, proving God is in it).

"For it was by hope that we were saved; but if we see what we hope for, then it is not really hope. For who of us hopes for something we see? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." - Romans 8:24-25 (Good News Bible)

How Can I Have Hope in “This?”

1)      Know. You have to know and have a firm, solid and concrete evidence that God is able to change situations. Just glance through the Bible, God can turn it around, with ease. Yet, sometimes it's uneasy to let Him do it with ease. Relinquish control and let God do something you can't, because deep down on the inside you may have tried everything and you know only He can do it. This is a job for Jesus. You must have a conviction through faith that God is able to not only see you through the situation, be with you in the situation, but bring you out better off than when you went into the situation. Perspective is everything, but when hope is lost, your perspective is clouded. If you feel hopeless, your perception is altered. It’s time to see correctly again. If the temptation to sin comes pray, read the Word of God and resist. Sin kills our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and clouds our judgment, but confessing our sins brings back our closeness with God.  Don't bite the bait. God's gotcha covered!

2)      Pray. Yes, it’s hard to pray when you’ve faced disappointment after disappointment. It’s very hard to believe, again, and again, and again.  It’s hard to believe, look for the answer only to see a mirage of it.  Sometimes satan will send something or someone your way and you think it’s the answer, but it’s really the test of God or the trap of Satan.  Either way, they both work together for your good if you love God. (Romans 8:28) Pray, don’t let satans assassin of killing your hope destroy your prayer life. That’s where you begin life and have a restored life. Satan is after your prayers because your prayers produce the three eternal aspects of God and His Word, faith, hope and love.

3)      Opportunity. What is waiting around you that you can do right now?  Is there something you can work on?  What is a desire of your heart that you can fully pursue right now?  What is something that you don’t really desire to do, but will better your life?  What about starting to read the Word of God daily and pray more often? What about listening to solid Bible teachers to help you grow spiritually? What about what circumstances you are in, have you prayed about those or lost faith because the hope in something else tainted your entire Christian walk?  “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” and the heart is where God does His work in the Christian. He is constantly purifying it and when it’s sick or broken, it’s hard to purify.  Do you need to be healed through your season of OPPORTUNITY?  There is something around you that you can do that will not only revive your hope, but bring blessings into your life.  What if the opposition to your hope was an opportunity to work on a dream that God wants to show you in your disappointment? Perspective changes everything. There is a dream in you, something the Lord Jesus desires of you and that you will desire, perhaps more than what you desire and hope for right now.

4)      Expectation. Christmas is right around the corner.  When children expect Christmas to come around they are expectant of presents or some level of a gift. A gift they didn't get themselves (grace).  That same desire should be within us when it comes to the promises of God.  We don’t want what we hope for to become our “god” of only thinking about it, but we do need to have an expectation that God is able to fulfill a promise if it’s written in the Word of God.  If it’s in the Word of God it is in the will of God.  If it is in the will of God and you have prayed for it, hope is needed for the waiting period from when it’s the “night before Christmas” until it’s the morning when you get to unwrap the present which are the fulfilled promises of God, by grace.

 

Just because you don’t see what you are hoping to see right now doesn’t mean things aren’t in line in the timing of God.  Yes, that is way easier said than done, but at the same time, without waiting, there is a chance you will take whatever you hope for, for granted.  When things are taken for granted, often they are taken and then you realize what you had.  Humility is produced through waiting. Pride is produced through rushing.

Father God in Jesus Name, I thank You for grace. Lord, revive my hope, faith and love. Lord, restore the joy of my salvation. I pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill me and overflow into my life in a way that was never expected.  Lord Jesus, You can work miracles. Lord, You can give faith when faith is needed. Surely, You can do all things and that includes reviving our hurting hearts and broken dreams. Lord, take our broken pieces and make them mosaic art forms to be placed in the room of our testimony to further Your Gospel.  Jesus, revive my hope so I can revive others who are in need of resuscitation in the name of Jesus the Christ the Only true and wise God.