1st Lesson in Hope
Sunday, April 5, 2020
1st Lesson in Hope
Hope is a key to entering into the presence of God.
Unbelievers have no hope for eternity and their hope in this life is limited to their own abilities and achievements. We, as believers in Jesus, on the other hand, have been recreated in union with Him – and whilst we wait for our eternal dwelling we have access right now to the throne of grace and are empowered with authority over all the works of the enemy.
Hope starts with receiving the revealed truth of the Word of God. Hundreds of scripture verses talk of God’s goodness and faithfulness. We can either receive the truth or we can reject it. Hope also comes when God speaks to us by His Spirit – the same applies, we can receive it or reject it. Jesus made that clear when teaching about the vine in John 15.
Remember when Satan tempted Eve, he said, ‘did God say?’ Today there are many sources of doubt – is the Bible really God-breathed or just the idea of men? Surely some of the New Covenant is not relevant today? Surely we have moved on, so I can ignore it? And so hope is reduced and we find our relationship with the Lord cools. Now we don’t expect Him to act on our behalf. We have lost the relationship with the Lord as a loving Father who cares for us.
What is the 1st lesson in hope? Meditate on the Word of God, drink it in. Take a verse like James 1:17, ‘Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.’ Learn it by heart, chew it over and fully digest it. Take Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’ Are you born again? You have been called by God into His family, and all the promises of God are yours in Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Biblical hope is a confident expectation of God’s blessing being manifest in our lives. The more we reflect the image of God, the greater will be our hope. The Holy Spirit is doing His job by changing us from one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18) The more we receive and take in the truth and let that truth sink right in, the quicker will be the transformation into the likeness of Christ, and our ability to stand in uncertain times will be strengthened.
Today the world is shaking from a pandemic – we do not need to shake, we have a loving Father who will lead us and guide us by His Spirit – it is up to us to listen and be guided.
Would you like to learn more? Download the free booklet entitled ‘Hope – the certainty of future blessing’ in the TWL 2015 series.