On Easter Sunday morning I was pressed with what I call…
If you listen carefully He guides you in a perfect direction.
I kept hearing Faith*Hope*Love
At the Women’s Bible Study I lead, we had just finished studying about FAITH.
Coincidence? I don’t think so!
So, I felt that our next lessons would be on HOPE.
We met again at Burger King, where we have a lite breakfast and drink.
We talk awhile as we eat, and then I open with prayer.
HOPE was to be our next topic of study for the next few weeks.
Everyone seemed to think that was good idea.
We were to learn a lot about this word HOPE!
The definition of HOPE is:
An optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.
As a noun HOPE means:
A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
A feeling of trust.
A person or thing that may help or save someone.
Grounds for believing that something good may happen.
As a verb HOPE means:
Wanting something to happen or be the case.
Words that express this type of HOPE:
hope against hope
The SPIRITUAL meaning is:
A positive and potent spiritual practice with the power to pull us through difficult times.
EXPECT WITH CONFIDENCE!
These are some “light metaphors” of Hope
a glimmer of HOPE
break in the clouds
light at the end of tunnel
We found our worldly meaning of hope is quite different than the HOPE we receive in God.
And so, Lord, Where Do I Put My Hope?
My ONLY HOPE is in YOU!
Now Faith is confidence in what we HOPE for and assurance about what we do not see.
May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you , so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT in HIM.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great MERCY He has given us new birth into a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
(HOPE IN GOD)
We expect things like Glory and Grace with confidence because the Lord has promised them to us.
God is our Hope and Strength
We will not FEAR!
*And then today I happened on a book called,
“HOPE for Your HEART” Finding Strength in Life’s Storms
by June Hunt
I say, listen to the small still voice of God.
He will guide and direct us in all things!
Written by: Marilyn Griffin
Member of Cardinal Hill Baptist Church