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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A Loving Hope

Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14, NIV)

We look ahead and hope for the answers to our prayers. As we do, let us not forget to look around and hope for the deliverance of the sick, the frail, the needy, the anxious, the frightened, and the grieving. Like us, they, too, are struggling, waiting, anticipating. Let us give them love and consequently, give them hope.

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A Believing Hope

Commit your future to the Lord. Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf. (Psalm 37:5,NET)

A whole year awaits us. Will the next 365 days be filled with sunshine and laughter, or rain and pain? None of us knows. But there is one thing we know for sure: God will be with us every step of the journey. So, with all its highs and even its lows, 2022 will be our best year yet. This is the hope we believe in.

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I am CHOSEN; I am prepared for eternity.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (1 John 5:11)

Ever experienced any of these?

– A competition where the judges’ vote was “not you”

– A job interview that ended with them saying “not you”

– A proposal of love answered with a “not you”

The world may not choose you, but there is Someone who surely will, over and over again: Jesus Christ.

In fact, He already has. When He left heaven and took on the likeness of man, He already chose you. Even if choosing you also meant choosing a life of poverty, of shame, of scorn, of suffering, of death, He still did.

So against everyone telling you “not you,” shout aloud and say, “I am chosen, chosen by no less than the King of kings and Lord of lords.”

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I am ALIVE; I am prepared for eternity.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We won’t live on earth forever. There will come a day when our lungs would stop breathing and our heart would stop beating. Sounds bleak? Not if we look at it this way: our time here on earth is but a preparation for eternity. Therefore, death is not the end, but the beginning–the beginning of life eternal with Him who IS Life, Jesus Christ.

If we want to receive this kind of life, we must believe in Jesus’ redemptive power, turn away from sin, and surrender everything to the Lordship of Christ. Then our soul will live forever, even if our body dies and rots in the grave.

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