Hope is one of the most powerful motivators in the world. If people have hope, they will fight for a cause. Even if it is false hope, they will cling to it and transform history. Look at what Hitler gave people. It was a false sense of hope, wasn’t it. A hope in a new generation, a new day in history and a new country. Yet Hitler was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In reality, he was an insane, lying dictator who would murder innocent children to get what he wanted. All that aside, look at the movement of people, look at the sheer force and power of even false hope. If that’s what false hope can do, what about REAL hope?
Do you have hope?
Every morning do you rise and smile at the hope of a new day? Even when circumstances look dark and meaningless, hope can be the beacon to which we cling.
“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. (Spirit)” Romans 15:13
Wow. God is a God of Hope and He fills us with joy and peace so we can abound with hope, through what? Oh, the power of the Holy Spirit.
How would that work?
You don’t just have hope, this verse is clearly a step in the manual. God’s Word is a manual for our lives. In this case it’s a way to have more hope.
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Cor. 13:13
Faith, hope and love are the top three things that will abide throughout all time. Is it important for a believer to have all three? If so, how do we get more of it?
First, what is hope? Hope has more than one defined meaning in the Word. The places I found it mentioned defined it as such:
- Hope is an anticipation of gain, or great things to come.
- Hope is an emotion that can sustain you through tough times because you know better things are coming.
- “The Hope”, is an event, this is the day when Jesus Christ will return and gather his siblings and return to heaven with them, listed in Thessalonians.
- God is a God of Hope, He can give what He is. God is Holy and God is spirit, so He sheds hope through His gift of holy spirit.
How does the day of Pentecost figure into “hope”?
Pentecost gave us access to this hope through the gift of holy spirit. First, it’s really important to keep the event of the Hope of Christ’s return at the forefront of our minds, because it comforts us. But what can we do practically to gain hope?
When we operate the gift of holy spirit like speaking in tongues, or word of wisdom, or miracles, we know several things.
- God loves us and really did keep His promises to us. Otherwise we could not speak in tongues at all.
- Jesus Christ is real. Isn’t that comforting?
- The power of God is real and tangible.
- IF all this is real, which we manifest and see evidence of, then God IS going to send Jesus Christ back to get us.
When I pray, and ask what’s available, then, I ask how to receive it; what have I done? I’ve entered into the throne room and made my requests known unto God. Then the prayer is answered by way of bring the impossible to pass in the senses realm through my believing and the power of the Holy Spirit. In essence, God, Himself, responded with real tangible help. Is that not astounding? Could I not test it? Could I ask over and over and access His truth over and over just to prove to myself that it is a real thing? Once proven, I gain confidence in something that other people barely grasp the understanding of. Does this process give me hope?
I know that, not only, am I going to heaven and nothing can stop me, but I also know that the devil is real and his devices, like false hope, are there simply to keep me from gaining that confidence and real hope that I so need for my motivation. If I have hope, I KNOW that the devil is totally screwed! Ha! Nothing he tries will work, if I have hope! Hope builds my faith, and faith melts my heart for God. I fall in love with Him over and over again because He didn’t just leave it to chance. He saved me from the false hope that the Devil offers.
“1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:1&6
Do you see how tied into hope, faith is? Jesus Christ had to have hope too. How motivated by it do you think he was? Did he have faith?
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:1-2
Jesus Christ was our best example of hope and faith and love.
When he returns in the event of “the hope”, we will have our hope and faith finished by the author and finisher of our faith. How spectacular is that? Every time I go to prove God’s word I find that if fits together seamlessly. That is incredible! Are you excited? I am!
Hey, Jesus Christ could come back today. He really could! Does that motivate you? It does me. We have only now to earn rewards, we have only now to love people into believing God’s matchless Word, we have only now to make and impact against the Devil’s kingdom. Do you see why we need our hope and the action that springs out of it?
Believe and receive. That’s a principle. If you believe to live for Christ, do it with the hope and knowing that what you do is making big impacts whether you can see them or not for generations of believers. Heck, do it for the abundant life you receive! What’s in it for us? Incredible joy, love, hope and faith! Not to mention all of our need being supplied and real deliverance and healing. What could we do for God if we operated on that kind of faith and trust? Hope gives us that!
I hope and I hope that you hope too.
GOD BLESS YOU TODAY!