Hebrews 9:28—“…so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.”
Hope is here because Jesus has come, and because He will return. 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.” Hope is a motivator for us to look toward the future, and when we add faith to hope, it erupts and becomes contagious.
Our flesh always wants us to stay there, in our sin, where we are comfortable. We don’t like to move outside of our comfort zones, but where God wants to take us is uncomfortable. He brings us to new places, outside of our comfort zones, where change can happen, and where people begin to ask questions about the hope and faith that your life is displaying.
Hebrews 10:23—“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”
Believe that God will do what He says He will do. God isn’t the same as us; people will fail us, but He can always be relied upon to keep His promises. Christ gave His life so that we could have life—and when He said, “It is finished,” He meant it.
What Christ did on the Cross had nothing to do with our merit. We try and try to be forgiven, but the more we try, the more we fail. Psalm 30:5 says, “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” If you believe in the finished work of Christ, you are forgiven. Don’t spend your life trying to pay for something that has already been paid in full.
Hebrews 10:24-25—“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Matthew 6:33—“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
The word “first” in the original Greek of Matthew 6:33 is protos, which means “first in rank or order; that which everything else revolves around.” Christ should be the center of every aspect of our lives, from relationships to finances to occupation, from every morning to every evening.
God has given every Christian spiritual gifts to participate in the local Church for His purpose. While you are fulfilling His mission, get you some cheerleaders—friends who will infuse courage in you, but will never enable you to stay the same, and do the same for them. The Church is not here to enable but to encourage and lift up. We belong to a Kingdom that is unshakable! No matter what circumstances you are facing, there is hope found in Jesus.
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