I often hear someone say, “Don’t get your hopes up!”
That’s so opposite of how hope functions!Hope does not disappoint. Hope rejoices and motivates our faith!
If that is not your experience, it could help to check your foundation. It is possible to have ‘false hope.’
Biblical hope does not disappoint. It has been poured out into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit. Peace with God was given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we also have access by faith, into grace which we stand, therefore we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Did you notice the connection?
Love poured out, by Holy Spirit. Peace with God given by Jesus, which also gives access by faith, in to grace, which is our foundation. Having all that brings joy in hope of the Glory of God.
That describes partnership!
We are not alone! We have assurance that even when we are weak, we have strength standing with us.
God’s love has been demonstrated to us and it’s a fact that he justified us, while we were still sinners. Therefore, hope has to be based on His sacrifice not ours!
His love sacrificed for us. When we value his sacrifice, we will make the object of our faith, the Glory of God.
If we are in false hope, problems will cast it down.
If it’s biblical hope, it will cast problems down.
If it’s false hope, it will create faith in the wrong things. It will magnify what you can do.
If it’s biblical hope, it will magnify what God can do.
Great trouble will eliminate false hope!
So rejoice, when things don’t always work out. Rejoice when you think that person who hung the moon walks away.
Don’t get it twisted!
If you are in truth, great trouble produces perseverance , which in turn produces character, and character moves us into hope. Hope partners with faith and faith triumphs in trouble.
Biblical hope values the word of God. It aligns you with the glory of God.
If the glory of God is not your ultimate goal, then continue on… You are not a Christian soldier.
Ouch! I know, I ripped that band-aid right off! Honesty makes no apology for truth. It smarts! It often ticks you off, right before it sets you free!
There are far too many trying to work His principals for their gain, and not His glory. In the end they may gain the world but they can’t sustain it. When the fire comes, and it is coming, it will destroy everything that does not glorify Him.
We might as well pitch out the hay and stubble ourselves. We might as well take our own self to the wood shed. If we don’t we won’t survive God’s threshing floor.
You are either for him or against him. Your vision is either for your glory or his glory. He has given you freedom to choose. But you cannot have both. You just can’t.
Be a Christian soldier, or fight for the other side. Don’t try to be both. It’s not a option. Agree or disagree that is your choice, but I have decided to follow Jesus.