Sunday, December 14, 2014

Grab Hold of Hope!

Romans 8:18-25 - For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sins, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Hebrews 6:17-20 - So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fats tot he hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Dear God, help me to remember that the troubles of this life are temporary and pale in comparison to the hope, the promise, of heaven that You have given me because of Your adoption of me as a daughter. I may not always have an easy time of doing that on my own. Heaven surely will be wonderful as compared to this present life, but I do want to experience the blessings of this life as well. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

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