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biblical hope is bold, strong, and true

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

Thinking of the word hope I remember the song which we often sing:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

This song reminds us that our hope is built upon Jesus Christ and His sacrifice.

Hope is one of those words which means one thing biblically and another in a worldly context. In the world ~ the word hope is often described with the terms “wish” or “desire.” But, when the word hope is used in the Bible it has a stronger meaning. Biblical hope is not flimsy or fragile like a wish; it is much deeper than a simple desire. Biblical hope is bold, strong, and true.

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Hebrews 6:18-19

In the Bible the word hope indicates a confidence that Christians have in the Lord. Our hope is that we will be in heaven with the Lord if we remain faithful until death or the Lord comes again. Our hope in the Lord is built on the faith we have in Him.

We also need to realize that hope is not something which we can see with our own eyes, because if we could see it, it is no longer hope.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 6:24-25

Our hope in the Lord is a precious promise of a life in heaven with the Lord. Our hope in the Lord is a gift, a gift so wonderful we cannot even imagine it.

held safe in his arms

 

held safe in His armsWho are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:5

We that are saved are “kept” by the power of God. This word “kept” in 1 Peter 1:5 is a military term. It literally means to be garrisoned about as soldiers around a fort. Being kept implies both danger and deliverance; we may be attacked, but we shall not be overcome.

Think of the power of God as a fortress and you are on the inside. Now how do you feel? Pretty safe, right? So many times we think that we keep ourselves safe. But it is God keeping us..

A father was crossing a street with his son. The son had hold of his daddy’s hand, then the light changed and the cars surged forward.  The father grabbed his son’s chubby little hand and almost lifted his son across the street to escape the oncoming traffic.

This is the way God holds us. Psalm 37:24 promises:

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand. Psalms 37:24