As we draw nearer to the return of our Messiah, Jesus, the enemy becomes more and more fearful. Not surprisingly, as his time lessens, the enemy attempts to promote darkness… Thankfully, we have a powerful God who is the light of the world!
As Believers, we are meant to promote the light of our God that lives in us! However, sometimes we get distracted by the darkness, allowing hopelessness to dim the expression of God’s light in us, but it does not have to be that way…
God has given us His Word—as well as His Spirit living in us—to teach us the way we should go. To inspire and promote hope within our hearts so that we can walk forward in boldness, shining the light of our God to disrupt the darkness!
Join us as we discover the hope we can find in our Great God!
Hope… Why is it Important?
1 Corinthians 13, after speaking of all the reasons why love is necessary in the first twelve verses, says that three things remain. Faith, hope, and love. And while the greatest of these is love, hope obviously stands important. After all, how else could it remain with the powerhouses known as love and faith?
But what makes hope important?
- Hope promotes determination
- Hope promotes endurance
- Hope promotes a positive attitude
- Hope promotes the creation and completion of goals
- Hope prepares us to walk in faith
- Hope allows us to be more generous
- Hope in God inspires praise and worship
There are many other reasons why hope is important, but this small list demonstrates why Believers should build their hope. But how can we discover the hope of God? How can our hope be built up and restored to where it should be?
Asking God to increase and renew the hope within us is a great place to start. It lays the foundation for hope to flourish and, because we have a generous God, we can be assured that He will answer our request for hope favorably. Yet, there is still more that can be done to build hope…
As Jesus teaches in Matthew 7 and Luke 11, we are to ask God. We are to seek Him. And we are to knock on the doors of Heaven. Obviously asking God to build our hope is a necessary step, but according to this there are at least two more!
We need to seek God. By spending time with God we automatically build up hope!
We need to knock on the doors of Heaven. This is where we discover how to press in. By being persistent in our knocking, Heaven’s doors will open. And with them opening, we will set deeper into hope.
But there is still more we can do…
We can choose to enter into hope; fixing our eyes on God, choosing a positive attitude, and not letting disappointments drag us down.
We can choose to spend time in fellowship; with God and with fellow Believers.
We can choose to do what Philippians 4:8-9 says, meditating on things that are good; testimonies of Believers, praise and worship, etc.
And we can choose to spend time in the Word of God…
Scriptures to Build Hope:
- “Whatever was written beforehand is meant to instruct us in how to live. The Scriptures impart to us encouragement and inspiration so that we can live in hope and endure all things.”—Romans 15:4 (TPT)
- “Lord, you know and understand all the hopes of the humble and will hear their cries and comfort their hearts, helping them all!”—Psalm 10:17 (TPT)
- “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God,”—Psalm 146:5 (NKJV)
- “Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!”—Psalm 27:14 (TPT)
- “But keep your hope to the end and you will experience life and deliverance.”—Matthew 24:13 (TPT)
- “For I’m releasing these words to you this day, yes, even to you, so that your living hope will be found in God alone, for he is the only one who is always true.”—Proverbs 22:19 (TPT)
- “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,”—Psalm 33:18 (NIV)
- “Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.”—Luke 2:14 (TPT)
- “Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times.”—Romans 12:12 (TPT)
- “The Lord alone is our radiant hope and we trust in him with all our hearts. His wrap-around presence will strengthen us.”—Psalm 33:20 (TPT)
- “Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”—Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)
- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”—Romans 15:13 (NIV)
- “For this is the hope of our salvation. But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have?”—Romans 8:24 (TPT)
- “Only then did Jesus answer the question posed by John’s disciples. ‘Now go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard here today. The blind are now seeing. The crippled are now walking. Those who were lepers are now cured. Those who were deaf are now hearing. Those who were dead are now raised back to life. The poor and broken are given the hope of salvation.’”—Luke 7:22 (TPT)
- “And now, God, I’m left with one conclusion: my only hope is to hope in you alone!”—Psalm 39:7 (TPT)
- “One day Jesus taught the apostles to keep praying and never stop or lose hope…”—Luke 18:1 (TPT)
- “I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.”—Acts 24:15 (NKJV)
- “For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.”—Psalm 71:5 (NIV)
- “For this reason, my heart was glad; and my tongue rejoiced; and now my body too will live on in the certain hope”—Acts 2:26 (CJB)
- “Jesus ministered from place to place throughout all of the province of Galilee. He taught in the synagogues, preaching the hope of the kingdom realm and healing every kind of sickness and disease among the people.”—Matthew 4:23 (TPT)
- “The blind see again, the crippled walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised back to life, and the poor and broken now hear of the hope of salvation!”—Matthew 11:5 (TPT)
- “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.”—Psalm 119:49 (NIV)
- “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.”—Psalm 130:5 (NKJV)
- “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”—1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
By doing things such as asking God for hope, seeking Him, knocking on the doors to Heaven, and spending time in His Word, our hope is not only renewed, but strengthened and built up! We can hope with confidence, because hope placed in our God stands sure…
Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12). But hope in the Lord never fails…
Even if the things we hope for fail to come to pass, we can hope in the future. We can know that God, desiring our good, has something far greater planned for us! Hope in the Lord is always sure!
Stand confident in hope! Stand on the promises of Scripture as you believe the truth of your God!