O Almighty God, please give me the courage to speak up for Jesus with grace and boldness trusting that your Spirit will give me the right words and attitude to share my hope with those who do not yet know your grace given in Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Do you really believe that you are speaking the truth? Do you really believe that this is the word of God? Do you really have the hope of life in Christ?
As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them. And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations. When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.– Mark 13:9-11
Hope and confidence regardless of the present circumstances because of our respect for the future – God is my health and my salvation.
Biblical hope doesn’t deny the pain of the present. Nor is it wishful thinking. Rather, true hope is “in God,” in the one god who is fully and finally reliable.
In our blue moments, we wait for God who is working out our purposes.
God is the only one who is perfectly capable and faithful to do the right thing every time.
Psalm 43 identifies a lists of hope in its first four verses –
- God’s power to deliver – He is faithful and will continue to walk with us
- God’s presence and protection – His being our fortress of truth
- God’s direction – the Word gives us the answers that we need
- God as our joy – Joy in Him and His Word and we will experience hope even in hopeless situations
My hope is in God. Even though I don‘t feel like it. Even though I don‘t feel as if
He were here. He is. My hope is there
Maybe it is time to speak to our soul when we find ourselves down. Speaking God’s Word in particular fill us with hope and encouragement.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 43:5