Got Hope

I Corinthians 13-4-7 4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boiled over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].  6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
The next thing we see about love is that it’s hopes are fadeless under ALL circumstances. For many years I never had a true understanding of what hope was all about. After hearing my husband preach about it for a month and reading his book (I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it ), I began to grasp it. Many times we are taught that hope is a bad thing, but what we need to see is that if we release our faith first, hope is what enables us to hold onto our faith until we see our promise materialize. The greatest definition of Hope that I have ever heard is – a confident expectation mixed with joyful anticipation. In Hebrews 11:1 it says 1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Read it again with the definition of hope included. Now faith is the assurance of things we confidently expect with joyful anticipation.  That confident expectation is what keeps our faith charged up.
When we are tempted to doubt, confident expectation is what keeps our minds fixed on the promise. Hebrews 6:19 says I love this verse! It says that hope is the anchor to our soul. We know our soul is made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions, and we also 19[Now] we have this HOPE as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it–a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil. know that our soul doesn’t always want to keep holding on in faith. This passage tells us that confident expectation is what will keep our soul anchored.  What does an anchor do? It keeps a boat fixed no matter if there are waves and strong wind. If the anchor is firmly planted in the bottom of the ocean, no matter how hard the storm might blow, the boat won’t move. Hope does that for us. When the storms of life come against us, if we can keep confidently expecting that God is going to come through for us there is nothing we cannot receive.
What are you believing for? Add some confident expectation to that belief! If you are believing God for your finances to improve, release your faith and then expect that every phone call, every piece of mail, and every person you come into contact with is your promise coming to pass. The only thing you have to learn is to keep confidently expecting, no matter what it looks like, no matter what it sounds like, and no matter what it feels like. No matter how long it may take, I promise you if keep your faith mixed with HOPE you will see the results!
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