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March 27, 2018, 10:14 AM

The Power Of Hope


Defining hope may be a little like trying to pin jello to a wall...it's really hard to nail it exactly. I could give you Webster's definition or the Hebrew or Greek word, but I want to give you a word picture that the Bible gives. 

In Hebrews 6:19 the Bible says this, "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."

So the definition that I will use today for hope is anchor. When I think of an anchor I think of something solid. I think of something that holds me in place when something is trying to move me. I think of a boat. You are out trying to fish and stay in one location, but the wind and the waves are trying to push you around. They are trying to move you from where you really want to be. These winds and waves are things that threaten your hope. So what threatens your hope? 

Tragedy. 

Financial worry. 

Health issues. 

Family dysfunction. 

Loss of job. 

There are a lot of things that threaten to move us away from hope. The only way that we can make it is to set down an anchor. That anchor is our hope in Jesus. This sounds good but how do we set this anchor down? How does this really work in our lives? 

1. Read your Bible

Ok...enough with the cliche preacher solutions. Well, I know but this works. The Bible reminds us of the promises that God has made. When God called Joshua to lead the people of Israel after Moses has died he tells him to be strong and courageous three times in one chapter. The reason that Joshua could be strong and courageous is simple...God promised to never leave him. 

We need to get into our Bibles and read and reread the promises of God. We need to be reminded exactly what our hope is in and what exactly God promises that we can hold onto. 

2. Be around other people that are trying to hang on to the same hope. 

I married into a large family. This is a Christian family. There has been a lot of death and difficult times in our family in the last 4-5 years, and it's been really cool to see a large family rally around each other. One of the metaphors for the church is a family. We may not be blood relatives, but we have our relationship with Christ that bonds us. You need these people to help be your anchor. These believers know what it's like to feel like you are losing your hope. They know what it's like to be in your shoes. Let them help you. 

3. Keep walking...even when you can't see the path. 

A part of trusting God is continuing to do what you know is right despite not understanding any of what you are going through. Its kind of like driving at night and you are temporarily blinded by the headlights of another vehicle. You can't see the road for a few seconds but you know it's there. You don't just slam on the brakes and go drive into the ditch. You know the road is there even though you can't see it. We know God is there for us even when we can't see the proof yet. 

Our hope is real. Our hope in Jesus is an anchor. Everything but God in life can disappoint. Most of what we have in this life can be taken away or changed in the blink of eye. The constant, the rock is God. He will never leave us he will never forsake us. 


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