Rekindling Our Hope in Christ
By Pastor Olori Olawale
You are welcome into God’s presence in Jesus’ name! This week, I want to share with you “Rekindling Our Hope in Christ!”
|Related Scriptures:||Colossians 1:27; Isaiah 55:10-11; Numbers 13:27-33; Romans 10:11; Numbers 23:19; Jeremiah 33:20-21; Romans 8:28; Habakkuk 2:3; Numbers 14:22-24; Numbers 14:11; and Isaiah 40:31.|
In the Christian life, we depend upon God for many things and we hope for many things. However, before our hope can become valid, it must be based upon Christ because all other hope is either “false hope” or “dead hope”. Colossians 1:27 states: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whether our hope is valid or not, our hope should be based upon the word of God and the value that we put in the word of God because any other hope is simply a fantasy.
Looking at People’s Lives and how they regard the Word of God
In spite of everything that God does for people, they still do not believe that God is always faithful to fulfill his promises. For example, in search for the land of Canaan, (Numbers 31:1-33), Moses sent twelve spies to survey the land. After they made their assessments, ten of them returned with a bad report and two of them returned with a good report. However, those who kept their hope in God’s word said “Let us go and possess the land.” (the promise). Those who did not believe that God would be faithful became fearful and they began to complain. How do you handle the promises of God? Do you keep your hope in the good report or do you begin to complain and develop a bad report of hopelessness and helplessness? Do you become discouraged because of the situation that you are going through in order to possess the promise, your breakthrough or your blessing? Or do you restore your hope in the integrity of God who has made the promise unto you? In order to restore your hope in God’s promises, you must understand what His promises are and apply that understanding to your situation.
What are the Ways of understanding the Promises of God?
The first means of understanding God’s promises is to search the Word of God. For the scripture says, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed (Romans 10:11). After you search to Word of God and you find that particular promise of healing, deliverance or prosperity, you must begin to recite the word, hold on to it and speak to God about it. Romans 23:19 states – God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Therefore, the next step in understanding the promises of God is to believe that God is faithful to fulfill his word. As you begin your day (and throughout the day), you must remind God about His promises according to His word (See Jeremiah 33:20-21 – God’s Unbroken Covenants). Next, you must stop focusing on all the circumstances that you see around you! Put your faith in God because all things will work together for your good, (Romans 8:28). Simply put your hope and faith in God and His Word. Once you stop focusing on the circumstances and problems, you should free your mind from “empty calculations” of how God will prove His word, during your waiting period. The (vision) transition phase is only for an appointed time. (Habakkuk 2:3 – For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.) So, instead of wasting time worrying, mis-focusing and miscalculating, the most important thing you should be doing is to reflect upon that which God has done for you in the past. Do not provoke the Lord unto anger by your unbelief and lack of faith. (Numbers 14:11 – And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? Simply declare that God is faithful to see you through your current situation just as He brought you through other situations in the past. Then begin to praise the Lord, hold on to your hope and faith and remind God of his ongoing faithfulness. If He did it in the past, He is capable of doing it again. God is always faithful!
What are the Rewards of Hope?
- Hope helps to make God’s performance to manifest quickly;
- Hope strengthens your faith; (You shall mount up with wings like eagles: Isaiah 40:31)* and
- Hope gives you joy unspeakable!
|Isaiah 40:31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.|
So, the next time that you find your hope fading away, “Rekindle your Hope in Christ”! Search God’s word for your situation, remember that God is faithful, stop focusing on the problem, and stop calculating how God will answer you. Instead, think about the blessings, breakthroughs, and signs of the past where God has been faithful even up to the very last minute. Then you will see that He will prove His word, He will honor His word, and you will be blessed by His word. Continue in this approach and you will see that God is capable of keeping His word because He magnifies His Word more that He magnifies His name! So “Rekindle your Hope in Christ”. Hold on to God’s promises, declare His faithfulness and be blessed in Jesus’ name!
“May God bless you until I come your way next time!”
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Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
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