December 21, 2012

Romans 4:18
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”


Hopelessness is a condition of the soul whereby faith has ceased to operate and the negative circumstances have prevailed. It comes when we give up on God or we don’t know Him. There are circumstances that we can not change and even God may choose not to change them. So, do we give up on God? Without God there is no real hope in life. He is the sunshine in a dark and negative world. When we loose faith in Him then we find ourselves in a state of hopelessness.
Faith is the embodiment of hope. Faith has its substance in hope, for Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Faith is the God-given confidence of seeing our hope fulfilled. Faith and hope work hand-in-hand. Faith comes from what we can not see. Hope stands in the gap until faith becomes substance and what is unseen, becomes seen. Romans 8:24-25 says it this way, “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”
God wants us to rescue those who are in state of hopelessness, because they are without faith in Christ, the Son of God. It is the confidence of our hope in Him, by which we live and draw from His life. The faith that we carry in our heart, becomes flesh and substance as we believe God and step out into what He is leading us to do and to be.
Our hope, our confidence and our faith are not in the things to this world, for we know that they are soon to pass away, but we have hope in that which is eternal. That hope therefore, is not squelched by earthly circumstances and events. It is what keeps us going in spite of them.
Take the light of the hope that resides in you and light somebody else’s candle of hope and faith. As your light shines it will bring the evidence of the light and it will instill in others the hope and faith that you carry, so that they no longer need live in a state of hopelessness.


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