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The Hope of the World

Is it important to have hope? Where do I find hope?

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Today, more than ever we must find the source of where our hope comes from.  Our world is filled with many things that can bring us down if we don’t have hope or know who our hope is in.  It can even cause us to become physically ill. Proverbs 13:12 says this:

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

So, where does our hope come from?

Our hope comes through the promises our Abba Father gave us, and there are many given to us throughout the Bible. Hope comes from knowing His son Jesus, and that all the amazing things He has done and continues to do for us, is because of His great love He has for each one of us.  Our hope does not come from the things that we have around us, nor riches we may gain, nor is it in who our friends or family are—it is in ALL that God has promised to us through His Word.  I really love how the Message Bible describes why we can hope in this.

God Gave His Word – Hebrews 6: 13-20

        When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.
       We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

We have been promised that we will be blessed by our Father God with more than we can even imagine.  God gave His word on that and it’s something we can take to the bank.  One of those blessings was the gift of His Son, Jesus, that He gave to us.  We’ve been given the gift of salvation through Jesus.  He is never going to walk away from us, but will always be on our side fighting for us.   I Thessalonians 5: 8 says that we are to put on faith and love like a breastplate and to put on the hope of salvation like a helmet.   To me this is saying—just like I would put on a hat—I put on the hope of the gift of salvation I have been given, because of what Jesus did for me.  Here is another scripture passage that talks about putting on salvation like a helmet and why it is important to do so.

Ephesians 6:16-18 The Passion Translation (TPT)

 In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One!<sup class=”footnote” style=”box-sizing:border-box;font-size:.625em;line-height:22px;position:relative;vertical-align:top;top:0;” title=”See footnote a” data-fn=”#fen-TPT-9364a” data-link=”[a]”> Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God.

Hope will keep my mind from running in all directions when things around me look dark and impossible.  As followers of Jesus and believers in the gift that God gave us in His son Jesus, we need to hold on tight to our hope in Him and not let go of it when things get tough.  The world is looking at us, watching because they are wanting something or someone to put their hope in.  We as believers and followers of Jesus know that where our hope comes from is Jesus.

Thinking about why I love Christmas time and what it means to me is one of the things that inspired this Christmas single,  “The Hope of the World”.  Here are some of the words to the song.

              The hope of the world brought freedom and redemption.
              The hope of the world brought forgiveness of sin.
              The hope of the world gave his life for salvation.
              The hope of the world, Jesus the hope of the world.

This Christmas season, hold tight to your hope in Jesus, in the gifts and promises we have been given by God the Father and through His son, Jesus.  If you see someone who seems to be short on hope, let yours spill over onto them.

Check out my song “The Hope of the World” by clicking on this link:

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Sharon Hock

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