19 June 2022
Hope is more powerful than most people realize. It's one of the three things Paul says will last forever along with faith and love. When our hopes are repeatedly disappointed, it damages our soul and makes us sick. Taken to the extreme that can actually kill a person. On the other side, when our hopes are realized, it injects life into our souls. The way to be sure your hopes are not disappointed is to anchor them in God's truth. All faith starts with hope. Some people don't realize the difference between the two. Hope is what's there before we have enough confidence in what we believe to take any action on it. The moment we do take some sort of action on what we believe is the moment we shift from hope into faith. Jesus himself is faithful. Therefore when we have doubts and our hope isn’t yet fully formed faith, we can rely on His faith to sustain us as we grow and mature. Nurture the hope you get from reading God's promises. Let them well up inside you until they overflow in faith. That's how you begin to change the world around you.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.— Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)