Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Gift of Hope...

I can't imagine what life must have been like during the days of the Old Testament.  They were constantly searching and forever waiting for the day that Hope would be born.  They had been told a Messiah would come, and they waited...and waited...and waited...

About 200o years ago Hope was born, and we had a new life.

When life was trying, we knew that Hope was enduring with us.
When the world seems to be crashing, we know that Hope has a plan for redemption.
When we cry out, we know that Hope listens.
When we are alone, we can be reminded that Hope is present.

Here are some more reminders about the gifts that lie within the gift of Hope:

Job 11:17-18
Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become lie morning.  You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Psalm 25:3
No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.

Psalm 31:23-24
Love the Lord all his saints!  The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.  Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 33:20
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

Jeremiah 29:11-12
For i know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.

Romans 5:2-5
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts given by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Timothy 4:9-10
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

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