Religious-Shop’s message for HOPE in the upcoming 2019 New Year:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in Hope” Romans 15:13
Amen! What a powerful message for the new year by having faith and believing, we shall be filled with Joy and Hope through the Holy Spirit!
HOPE: The definition usually means an expectant wish or desire by a person. However, in the biblical sense, HOPE is faith and trust in the strength of God’s faithfulness and in the expectation of God’s will and promises!
We may ask ourselves, what is the one daily practice that may we cultivate HOPE for the new year?
A spirit of gratefulness
Many times, people that are not grateful, are not hopeful or optimistic. Hopelessness is looking at the immediate situation and trusting anything other than God. Hope is forward-thinking and is optimistic about possible and ultimate realities. Trusting in His perfect wisdom and timing will set you free from the spirit of hopelessness and ungratefulness.
No matter the circumstances, there is always something to be grateful for. Take time each day to thank God for his blessings which could be good health, having loved ones in your life, a way to make a living, having food and shelter, being in the position to help others or receiving help from others. Everything is a gift from God, including troubles and tribulation which may be opportunities to learn what is important and build character through faith and hope.
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Romans 5:3-4
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
We cannot escape tribulation in our lives, but we can grow in hope by having faith in believing that God will always take care of us with his boundless love and grace through Jesus Christ. Morever, God’s love, poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit has the power to overcome anything and all things are possible through God and Jesus Christ. He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
What a comfort it is to know having never ending gratefulness, faith, joy, peace and belief in God’s power on our behalf and in everlasting life is the recipe for hope!
“And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23
Let us pray in Jesus name, Amen!