KEEPING HOPE ALIVE
“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, in so much that we were despaired even of life: but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us”2 Corinthians 1: 8-10
Yesterday we began to examine how to maintain hope in times of despair and how important it is to know how to keep hope alive — I think you already know what our title for today is. Haha.
Hope is an inclination and posture of the spirit that the believer cannot but maintain. Look at something the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:20 “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I’ll be ashamed” The apostle says he has a hope “that in nothing he will be ashamed”. He has mastered how to keep hope alive. There’s something he has found that powers his hope now. What could this be?
Precious saints learn this, you’re the man/woman in Christ, it’s safe to say you are invincible. You’re the man in Christ whom the father loves wholeheartedly—if it needs moving heaven and earth for your sake, the Father will. If it needs climbing the highest mountain and swimming the deepest ocean, it’s still not outside of what the Father can and will do to save you. News flash: He has done it before. He gave His son, one and only at that time, for you. It is a consciousness like this that powers such confession like that, made by the apostle.
You see my friend, there’s no way you can separate between hope and the knowledge of redemption. It is the knowledge of redemption that powers hope!
See again 1 Timothy 1:1 “Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope”. Christ is our hope. In His work of redemption is our hope. We search for all that the Father has done through the work of redemption and in it place our hope. This is how to keep hope alive.
Hope this blessed you today? Hallelujah.
FURTHER READING: TITUS 2:13, 1 PETER 1:1-3
CONFESSION: Christ is my hope and in Him I have confident assurance that in nothing I will be put to shame. This is my confidence, this is my hope, hallelujah.