Paradise Lost? (Not So Fast)

The young man looked at his wife with utter disappointment. “How could you have done this?”, he snarled. She wiped away her very first tears and wondered why all of a sudden she was to blame, when he was there too.  Why did her covering, her king, not stand up to her, cover her, protect her?  Now, all was lost and they had to face the music.  Suddenly, like clockwork, at the appointed time, they heard him coming.  Gripped with  fear at the sound of parting vegetation and the whistling cool gentle breeze, the husband held his wife close as they hid themselves. It was at that moment they were introduced to hope.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. ” Genesis 3:15

Translation: “I will not leave you in the state that you are in. I have a plan. I will send my son who will make all things new.”

We often confuse hope with wishing. To wish for something is like playing the lottery; while hope is defined as a confident expectation of future good.  There is a difference!

Confident expectation is your direct deposit hitting your bank at the appointed time.  In fact, most of us start spending it days before it actually appears.  Confident expectation is you swiping your debit card on that day without going to the bank to lay eyes on “your” money that was deposited.

As believers we should have full confidence in the finished work of Jesus. His precious blood paid for our healing, prosperity, soundness, safety, deliverance, and favor. No matter what happens in life, we have hope.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ” Romans 8:28

So the next time that “snake in the grass” (Satan) introduces fear of loss to you, look him dead in the eye and pull a Lee Corso on him and say “Not so fast!”

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Have You Lost Hope?

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost”  Romans 15: 13 (KJV)

God is a God of hope.  Hope is based on an expected outcome.  This is not the first time in history for uncertainty in the economic climate, and it probably won’t be the last.  God has already provided a solution that is available to everyone that believes on Him.  He wants to fill you with joy and peace, those intangible states of being that distinguish the weak from the strong. It marks the difference between those that take their ball and go home, and those that persevere.  Joy and peace are not circumstance controlled, but you have to work hard to maintain them.  It is undisturbed composure in the midst of a trying situation that demonstrates joy and peace.  How do you get to that point in your faith walk?

Since God is a God of hope and you were created in his image, you are capable of hope.  Hope is not wishing for anything.  I wish that I could play the lottery one time and one time only, hitting it for the jackpot! However, I have no expectation of really winning anything. I have no inside information that increases my chances (just an illiustration LOL) !  The believer’s  hope lies in just that –  b-e-l-i-e-v-i-n-g!  Here’s a definition of believing you probably never heard, but it rings true.  To believe means to zero out anything contrary to the Word of God on any given subject. Reduce it to a value of zero when held up against what God has said. My money may be tight, but I zero that fact out, when held up against the truth. God said because I give, it will be given unto me… I may feel sick, but God said by the stripes of Jesus I am healed! God’s Word is powerful and as believers we have a covenant with Him. Since God cannot lie, He must do whatever it takes to make His Word come pass. Knowing this, we are well supplied and filled with hope.  Saints we have inside information!! What Red Sea in your life needs to be parted? What Pharoah is holding you hostage after the Lord has said, “Let My People Go?  If it takes one plague, ten plagues, or one hundred plagues, God must make His word good. 

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”  Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

 

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