Hope and courage!
Verse for Today: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Psalms 31:24 – Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.
Hope in the Almighty God is very rewarding and very real. But hope is a smokescreen if it is on unreal and unstable things or persons. Hope in God energizes our emotions and gives us the passion to aspire what we hope for. But hope in the mirages of this world will be totally disappointing. Instead of hoping in the bubbles of this world, God’s Word admonishes us to hope in the Lord because He stands strong forever as the Rock of Ages. He is the same yesterday and today and forever and so is His power, promises and provisions for His children. If we trust and hope in Him, we will never be put to shame or disappointment. When our hope is in the Lord, we will become strong and courageous in all our situations. Whereas hope in the world will drain us of our courage and strength, hope in the Lord will empower us to keep going boldly in the worst scenarios of life. Hope takes away all doubt and confusion. Hope doesn’t believe in probabilities, but in certainties. Hope in God will make it doubly sure that what is hoped for will certainly become a reality. When we lose hope in the things that are around us, God comes to give us rejuvenate our hope in Him. His rays of hope break open the darkest clouds in the horizon and show us the way forward. Our hope is founded on God’s Word which is eternally secured in heaven. Then we can be strong in our expectations about His promises and work for us. Today all who lack courage and strength can go to the Lord and receive hope, power, enabling and boldness from Him to face all their situations.

Dear friend, are you weak and heavy laden, gasping for breath as you carry the heavy load of life on your shoulders? Are you intimidated by the enemy of your soul through your situations and circumstances and the people around you to lead you to hopelessness?  Are you facing challenges, distortions, gossips, false accusations, pretension and arrogance which drain you of all hope in life? Are your bitter experiences draining you of your courage and strength? The remedy for it all is to put your hope in the Lord Jesus and entrust your situations with Him to handle. When you put your hope in Jesus to settle your difficult situations, He will give you the wisdom to make the right decisions and the strength to do what you ought to do. He will empower you through His Spirit and give you courage and boldness to take the necessary steps of faith to go forward in His pathways. You have the guarantee that anyone who puts his hope in the Lord will never be disappointed or embarrassed. We are to follow the faith of our fathers like Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, Gideon, Samuel and Nehemiah who put their hope in the Lord as they served Him and walked with Him. Hanna, Ruth and Esther are our mothers who also put their faith and hope in the Lord and found strength and courage in Him to keep going during difficult times. Daniel and Jeremiah continued to serve the Lord as prophets even as they endured trying times, hardship and tests of various kinds by putting their hope in the Lord. Peter hoped in the Lord as the rulers tried to execute him, but the Lord honored his faith and gave him deliverance in a miraculous way. Paul was able to accomplish all that the Lord had planned for him because he put all his hope in the Lord. Today we have the opportunity to put all our hope in the Lord in our vulnerable situations and find Him faithful to give us strength and courage to keep going no matter how humanly hopeless our situation might be.
Jeremiah 17:7 – Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  

Thought for Today
Hope in the power of God builds us up to become confident, courageous and bold in Him.
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