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Are you struggling to find HOPE?
So elusive and hard to grasp, many people in this world struggle to find hope in the midst of their struggles.
“The popular understanding of hope is quite different from the powerful truth about hope that is taught in Scripture. If you lean on the contemporary meaning, you will experience a hit and a miss. Sometimes what you hope for will come about, and at other times it won’t. But the believer’s hope is based on the Bible—the unchanging Word of God. When you feel unsure of yourself, the Scriptural truths provide all the security you will ever need. In them, you will find your hope.
“The first thing to keep in mind is that this is not a feeling, but rather is a gift to you from God − hope is His anchor that He has already thrown out to stabilize your heart and life.” (Source)
Hebrews 6:19-20 remind us, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever…”
The struggle for Hope
Why is that we struggle to grasp hope sometimes? The inward struggle for hope is not easy. The problem that we do not see is that inwardly, the enemy is speaking lies, continually telling you that you are not qualified, having you focus on the the “temporary” things in life, bringing about fear, doubt, worry, etc. But, if you know this and rather listen to God, He wants to speak not to the temporary, but rather the bigger eternal things God has in store for you.
Another way to say it is that Satan wants you to ficos on the problems at your feet, tripping you up along the way, but God wants you to change your perspective, see yourself as adopted children of God, and that with our new found identity, we can have hope beyond the temporary issues of life.
About this episode on Hope
Jen and I were asked to guest host an episode of another podcast called Hope For The Journey. That podcast was birthed out of a family dealing with internal struggles, understandably looking for answers, even in the church, but still felt hopeless at times. They are doing what they can to minister to the same feelings others have when they feel without hope. Often times, they are ministering to families whose sons or daughters are prodigals struggling with harmful addictions, or feel like they are castaways from the church…
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