Powerful Hope

What do you hope for? Are you hoping for worldly possessions? Are you hoping for a better job? Do you hope for a change in your spouse? Perhaps you are hoping to acquire a spouse. Will you hope in the hope from God? Do you know that He has given us a powerful hope?

In this world, the word hope is often used as synonym for wish. If we say we hope our favorite team wins the game, we are really saying we wish our team wins. Unfortunately, that leaves the word hope as nothing more than some wishful exercise, rather than the meaning of the word as we often see it in the Bible.

When the word hope is used in the Bible, particularly when it is referencing our hope in God the Father or Jesus Christ, it means far more than wishful thinking. The word means there is a look to the future with the expectation that what we desire will come to fruition. We see hope carries with it an expectation of fulfillment.

The expectation of a future fulfilled by God is an amazing future. In order to see that future in its proper perspective, we must be of the same mind as God. To be of the same mind, we must spend time with God. Doesn’t this make sense?

How do we get to be of the same mind with someone? We spend time with them. There are many people who can finish the sentences of their spouses. They can also make decisions on behalf of their spouse in full confidence it is the same decision the spouse would make. There are people who have very close friends and can do the same.

When we have a close relationship with God, we too can make those types of decisions in accordance with Gods plan. We can finish the sentence just as God would finish it. This then converts our hope from wishful thinking to a powerful hope. You see, we then begin to hope for the same things God is planning. Don’t you think it would be powerful to hope and have confidence it is exactly what God is planning?

I pray each one of us will grow in our relationship with God, grow to the point of knowing how to finish the sentence the way God would. I pray we all experience the power in hope, having full confidence that what we hope for will happen. Come closer to God. Grow your relationship with Him. Experience the powerful hope He has given you.

Ephesians 1:18-21 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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