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19 Sept – Keep Your Hopes Alive

Hope is a powerful thing, especially when you have put your hope in God. That sort of hope is a “deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises to you”. It has a supernatural expectancy.

This hope is not based on our abilities or the goodwill of the universe but in God, who has the power to accomplish all things, including the seemingly impossible.

Hope in God will never allow you to be put to shame. Even when you may be tempted to feel that all hope is lost, or the world around you is saying, “give up”, God declares that He is faithful to His Word and urges us to remain steadfast in our believing, knowing that all things are possible for those who believe and that He will work all things for our good..”

The bible says, “No one who trusts in you (God) will ever be disgraced…Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long, I put my hope in you”. (Psalm 25: 3-5)

In our stance of hope it’s however important to understand that one of hopes biggest enemies is having to wait for things to happen. Waiting can erode our confidence as the days, weeks, and sometimes years pass by, which is why our hope has to be strengthened, nourished and energised for it to remain and work at its best. It doesn’t just happen, we need to make an effort to cultivate and maintain our hope.

It’s also wisdom to check that what you are believing for agrees with God’s Word and will for your life.

I’ve learnt that your hope increases the greater your assurance is of God’s goodness and His faithfulness to keep his promises. The more you acknowledge his goodness, the greater your expectation and hope.

Therefore one of the best ways to strengthen your hope is to remind yourself of God’s goodness and to recall all the times God has come through for you. As you remind yourself of the miracles and breakthroughs in both your own and other’s testimonies and in the accounts in God’s Word your hope in God will rise up.

As David said, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalm 43:5) David continually recalled God’s mighty acts and faithfulness.

Today, keep your hopes alive. “Don’t give up, or become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9).

Focus your eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith, on your goals and dreams and your prayers being answered. Remember every day that God is good, and always has your best interests in mind. And may the God of all hope fill you with peace and joy today as you trust in Him.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11)

Do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9

Prayer: Lord, help me keep my hopes alive and remain hopeful even when I have to wait or when others say it is impossible. Today I choose to keep believing for good things because you are the one I put my hope in. In Jesus name Amen.

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