A Glorious Hope

Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! (Colossians 1:27, TPT)

Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, is God with us—the God of the universe in the form of man, who walked among us and who experienced thirst, hunger, pain, and even death. By being born into this world, God gave us the best present by giving us His very presence. The better news? Jesus Christ, who is God with us, can also be God in us—that is, if we, in turn, would give Him the best present: our presence. So, more than preparing a room for Him in our heart, let us give Him our very heart and allow Him residence therein.

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A Liberating Hope

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19, NIV)

Shackled by sin and the many other evils that bind—this is who we are. Or more correctly, were. Because Jesus Christ has already broken the chains of sin, He has already slayed death to pieces, and He has already bound every sickness, every disease, and every evil in this world. Let us receive our liberation and declare, ‘We are free indeed!’

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A Victorious Hope

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. (2 Corinthians 2:14, NLT)

Historically, being a captive trudging along in the triumphal procession of the victorious general meant being part of the defeated camp and thus, meant shame and humiliation. For Paul, however, because Christ was his Captor, he was following along in His triumphal procession not with shame, but with pride and joy. May we learn from Paul that being made captive by Christ is not our defeat, but our one true victory.

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A Persistent Hope

…always pray and never lose hope. (Luke 18:1, NCV)

There are times when what we are hoping for would not come to pass as easily as we want it to. It is during these times that we ought to pray… and pray… and pray. Even though the answer is far from sight, even when God does not seem to hear, and even when we no longer have the faith to believe. We ought to pray and persist in believing that God hears, God listens, God answers. Because He does.

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A Courageous Hope

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 118:6, NIV)

Fears may assail us, but we face them head on. Because we know that on our side is the God who parted the sea (Exodus 14), sent fire down from heaven (1 Kings 18), silenced the hungry lions (Daniel 6), and toppled a giant (1 Samuel 17). This, and more, He has done and is able to do, so we say with the psalmist, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.”

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A Healing Hope

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NIV)

We all are broken, sick, and in need of healing. Some of us require a pill, a medical procedure, or a surgery. But many others require a kind of healing no hospital could provide: relief for a troubled, uneasy mind, wholeness for a weeping, grieving heart, and solace for a tired, restless soul. For all that ails us—body, mind, heart, and soul—our hope is that Jesus is not just our Healer, He also is our healing. “By His stripes, we are healed.”

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An Unshakeable Hope

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV)

Several forces try to topple us down: from the outside, a failing mark, a disconnection notice, a layoff letter; from the inside, insecurity, worries, doubts, and apprehension. But through all of these, we stand our ground and cling to God. We remain in the faith. We keep on loving God, serving God, and living for God. Because we know that though the earth may fail, God, the Immovable Rock on which we stand, never will fail.

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A Comforting Hope

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27, NIV)

The world gives us troubles of many kinds: disasters and calamities, spiraling down economies and skyrocketing bills, debilitating diseases and incurable illnesses—all of which leave us anxious, afraid, and distressed. Good thing God does not give as the world gives, for in Him we find peace—the kind of peace that makes us whole, that binds our splintered thoughts and broken hearts together. What a comforting hope!

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A Living Hope

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV)

Stresses and troubles inevitably come. But even as we experience such, our hope is that suffering is not permanent. There is a day coming when there shall no longer be weeping and crying, no pain or sickness or death. All because the one and only Son of God, Jesus Christ, took on flesh, suffered for our sins, died on the Cross, rose again, and now reigns forevermore. This is our hope. HE is our living hope.

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A Joyful Hope

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12, NIV)

As a people of hope, we may be waiting, but we are not waiting in despair or dejection. We are waiting with joy. Because we know that even though the end is not in sight, with the Great I Am on our side, the end will surely be a wonderful, glorious sight. So, we rejoice, we praise, we give thanks to God!

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