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12 April 2021

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Rom 8:24-25 NIV

Many times we think that the stronger our desire for something is, the stronger our hope will be and the greater the chance that things will go our way. However, biblical hope does not find strength in our desire or in the outcome, biblical hope finds its strength in God who has promised and is always faithful.

Be quiet for a moment and think about how you hope. Is your hope in certain outcomes or in Him Who is always faithful?

 

Let’s pray

– If you have been hoping for things in a worldly way where God is not in the picture, take a moment to repent of that.

– Make your needs and worries known to God in prayer.

– Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with hope as you read your Bible.

Pray: Lord, I shift my hope from things and outcomes to You today. I know that You are faithful and true and that I can trust You because You know just what I need before I ask and in spite of what I ask. You know what is best for me. Fill me with hope that is anchored in eternity and not in this world.

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and bless you with His SHALOM-Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name

 

6 April 2021

Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Rom 8:17-18 NIV)
 
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. (Rom 8:19-23 NIV)
 
Take time to think about what it means to be a child of God and a co-heir with Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand that you are adopted, that you are a son or a daughter living in the expectation of a future glory to be revealed in and through you. Think about your life – are you living just for the present, the here and now? Or are you living in expectation, looking forward to eternity?
 
Let’s pray
• Talk to God about what you are suffering right now. Ask God to enable you to see how He is revealing His character to you in this situation. Ask God to show you what He is building into you so that you can look more like Him.
• Cast all the worry you feel and the burden of your difficulty unto Him. Pray that the Lord will fill you with peace, calm you and settle your heart.
• If you have no expectation of what is to come in eternity, pray and ask God to help you to become expectant. Ask God to help you to look at your current situation with an eternity perspective.
• Thank God that in every moment of your life, He has always been faithful to you.
• Thank God that Jesus carried the weight of your sin and brokenness and that He overcame so that you are free to overcome in this life.
 
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and bless you with His SHALOM-Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name.