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Beloved, I have provided rest for you, you only need to enter into it. It is available to all who will fix their minds on Me and not on the worries of the world. I am faithful. Do not be counted with those who do not believe Me and could not enter into my rest because of their unbelief. Have faith My child. Enter into the promise of rest, peace and joy that I have already provided for you. I am enough for you. Hebrews 4:11

What Is Hope?

Many Christians get hope confused with faith in their thinking, believing them to be somewhat the same thing. Not so. Hope first comes into play when a promise is given (the same promise we later put our faith in). But hope is different from faith; by definition it is a desire with some expectation of fulfillment. Who hopes for something they don’t want? Anticipating something you have absolutely no desire for would be senseless! And so would hoping for something that you had absolutely no expectation of ever happening.

I might desire to have the glory and sense of accomplishment that being an Olympic runner would bring, but I have zero expectation of it ever being fulfilled. Or I might have some expectation that one day I may have to run for my life from an assailant, but I have no desire for it ever to happen. Neither scenario combines both of the underlying qualifications that make hope possible—that is, a desire along with some expectation of fulfillment. No, we must possess a desire for what we hope for. And we must also have some expectation, no matter how small, that it might be possible.

Hope is the great motivator; no accomplishment—or even action—in life is possible without hope first being present. God has set the following progression in stone: first hope is born in our heart through the promise of the Gospel. Then in drawing us to Himself, God gives us the gift of faith by which we act on that hope. Through faith we receive His promise, being born again and becoming a new creation. Justification, righteousness, reconciliation, redemption and sanctification are all ours solely by the grace of God as we act on His promise by receiving Christ.(John 1:12) But ultimately it is a lifestyle of faith, validated by obedience, by which we obtain the fullness of that promise.(Philippians 3:13-14)

The Good News: Part 6

By faith I have received all that God has promised (Galatians 3:22). And in the very same way that I have received Christ Jesus the Lord—that is, as a free gift—I am now to walk in Him (Colossians 2:6).

It was for freedom that Christ set me free. Therefore, I will stand firm and not subject myself again to the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1). For the promises of God are valid for me only if I continue in the faith, firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel (Colossians 1:23).

The hope of God’s promise is that by grace I have been saved through faith This is the gift of God, not a result of my own goodness or deeds (Ephesians 2:8-9). In this same way I have every opportunity to attain to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding—the true knowledge of God’s mystery, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:2-3).

Excerpted from: Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

The Good News: Part 1

Just what is it that sets apart the revelation of Christ’s gospel entrusted to Paul? I’m sure you’ll see what’s so special when you read the following brief synopsis of what it actually encompasses. Here it is,  a seven part series presented in the first person so that you might get a better sense of its glorious impact for each of us personally:

God the Father sent Jesus, God the Son, among us to bring the truth of His promise of eternal life for all those who believe (Romans 3:22). Jesus emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, being made in the likeness of men (Phil. 2:7). In so doing, He is able to sympathize with my weaknesses, having been tempted in all things as I am, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

He first suffered beyond what any of us can imagine at the hands of His accusers, and died an excruciating execution by crucifixion where He made propitiation (an appeasing sacrifice) for all the sins of humanity by taking the punishment for those sins upon Himself (Hebrews 2:17).

Jesus was then raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, and has given me the promise of eternal life in Him. Having received His promise by faith, I have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, and as a result also share in the likeness of His glorious resurrection (Romans 6:4-5).

(Excerpted from “Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself”)

Pray and Keep on Praying

 My child, pray and keep on praying. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come. It will not delay Habakkuk 2:3. Keep your eye on the prize. Stay the course. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Me, and Ill will make your way straight. Prov. 3:5&6. I will bring to pass all that I have promised. Trust in Me. Look to Me. Delight yourself in My abundance. I am faithful and My word is true. Keep believing. Keep praying.

God’s promise: the great motivator

The gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ is in essence the promise of God to mankind. We receive that promise by faith. But prior to faith ever taking root, hope is first born in our heart through God’s promise. Hope always precedes faith because only hope provides us the motivation to believe. It is the catalyst by which faith is activated. Our faith pleases God, who freely imparts His righteousness as a gift of grace. Faith is much more than a superficial belief in God. We ultimately obtain the promise of the gospel by living our lives through what Paul calls the obedience of faith—the type of behavior which offers proof of a thriving faith.

(Excerpted from “Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself”)