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2/21/2016 ~ Hope


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Darkness succumbs to light.
Hope is the heart of mortal life.


"God, who made the world and everything in it, ..." ~ Acts 17:24-25

God commands the light over the darkness.
~ In His light He gives independent life.


... so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that
they might grope for Him and find Him, ... ~ Acts 17:26-27


His creation is such that He hopes
we will find Him for the greatness that He is.


"... for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your
own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' ..." ~ Acts 17:28-29

                           
As offspring of God, our true nature is to reflect His righteous qualities.
- As for human nature in sin, more often than not, children rebel against  
their parents wishing autonomy from authority. It is clear that God wishes
for us to regain our senses, in our ability, to obediently live in Him forever.


"... He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has
ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
~ Acts 17:30-31


Time is such that it runs out.
His call to eternal life is an awakening in hope of His truth.

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... waits 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; ...
~ Romans 8:19-20


The silver lining to reality is that a revealing is coming,
and especially for those that wait upon His ways.
God wants to know what we hope for.
True hope is a venue of return to the root of a single life
→ in Him and His eternal existent creation.


                                ┏► A higher way of life awaits.
... creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. ... ~ Romans 8:21-22


Our individual risings await the telling of what life is to surely be.

... we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption,
the redemption of our body. ~ Romans 8:23


In the sorrow of captivity, we thirst for freedom beyond bondage.

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope;
for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we
do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. ~ Romans 8:24-25


Knowing He has come offering life itself is a gift of grace beyond compare.

... and as a helmet the hope of salvation. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:8
                                                         
This conscious hope in Him distinguishes the faith of a soul.
Our outward faith works hand in hand with our inner love
whereas hope lifts them both.

Concealed love is shown by actions supported by our hope.


... hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out
in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~ Romans 5:3-5

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Hope leads us through all suffering in view of His promise of love.
Doesn't hope often passionately burn upon one's heart?
Without hope the light of the heart dims.


God's Fishing Hook


It is Godís garden and He is cultivating life to live eternally with Him.
Suffering deepening endurance developing character
purifying hope is Godís fishing hook.


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


His call is to live with an increasing hope that does not fade.
This is the belief that pounds upon a heart at peace in joy of Him.


... through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
~ Romans 15:4


Dwelling upon His word edifies our hope. God left us a
road map with deep treasures so as to find our free hearts in Him.


... Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth. ~ Isaiah 38:18
              
... the hope of the hypocrite shall perish, ... ~ Job 8:13
  
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much,
If God takes away his life? ~ Job 27:8


Hypocrites hold to selfishness with at best false hopes.
What we longingly desire for in anticipation of our wishes supposes upon an
expectant belief that our hopes will come true, and this is what lights our hearts.


The hope of the righteous will be gladness, ... ~ Proverbs 10:28

True hope lifts one joyously to the presence of God.

... the hope of the unjust perishes. ~ Proverbs 11:7

The end of all evil is to dangle in hopelessness.

But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 9:4

Life is where death is not.

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.
~ Psalm 71:14


Praise for Him goes hand in hand with hope.

... do not let me be ashamed of my hope. ~ Psalm 119:116

It is in knowing His word that strengthens a continuing life of hope.

My soul faints for Your salvation, But I hope in Your word. ~ Psalm 119:81
                                 
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. ~ Psalm 130:5
                                                                                                   
Patience in coming salvation commands over those that would be rash.
We were created to gasp for salvation; groping for Him settles a soul.
Hope is the light of where we are going.


For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God. ~ Psalm 38:15

"And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You." ~ Psalm 39:7

Faith is trust for that which cannot be seen.
For us hope is a languishing desire for more than we are.


Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes,
it is a tree of life. ~ Proverbs 13:12


Sorrows can hinder our hopes, yet the outcome remains.

... the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope
in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, ... ~ Psalm 33:18-19

┗► In His power we live.       

God watches each of us to see our resolve, in what we are.
His blessings wait for those uninhibited in the hope of His truth.


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts
of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

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The Lordís will is to offer salvation to all that would have it.
He offers hope that we will remain alive in Him.
Hope is a key to entering His kingdom.


Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord. ~ Psalm 31:24


There comes a moment ~
where hope must commit to the surety of His truth.


"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD. ..." ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8


It is when hope mingles in trust that fear is purged.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God, ... ~ Psalm 146:5


Grounded in happiness comes from a content hope in Him.
The sands of time contain the wind of Godís own retrieving truths.


"... I hope in Him!" The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him. ~ Lamentations 3:24-26


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for;
the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1


We all wait on a beach called time.
The quintessence of what we are rests on who we are and what we seek.
Waiting on the Lord has no measure for those that willingly wait.
All the world is a fool in the Fatherís light.


Hope: Creation of God
God hopes we want Him enough to find Him
God subjected creation to futility to expose hope
We are saved thru our stamina in an unseen hope
Hope is a cognitive act desiring salvation
Hope will not disappoint if patient thru troubles
Hope is a construct of the Holy Spiritís power
The word of God assists in obtaining true hope
The hopes of the unjust will perish
Our hope should be based in believing in Him
The watchful Lord hopes we seek peace over evil
Courageous hope strengthens the heart
Hope mingled in trust delivers His sure calm
He desires we seek Him patiently in hope

It is the shore of peace that our hope waits for.
Continuing hope forms an increasing Faith.
Increasing Faith holds growing hope.
We wait for the promise of His light.
Darkness holds no promise.
In His light we see.


... who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living
hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:3

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Our living hope is one that embraces eternal life itself.

... who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us;
in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 1:9-10


And to save us from death, He came to show us the way.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, ... ~ Hebrews 6:19
                                                   ┗► We attach to the eternal chord of His love.  

Clearly pure access to His eternal light is before us in the truth He offers.
The question in each heart is, do you believe?
The answer to His call is a faith with hope.
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... looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of
our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, ... ~ Titus 2:13


How wondrous it will be when our hope is realized in His appearing!
He asks that we individually seek out His truth. A most personal work over
simply being misled by man. It is a call and a quest for souls to find Him.


... if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty
and your faith is also empty. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:13-14

           
Skeptics will always scream, doubters will always doubt.
What is empty remains empty.


... For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:15-16


To believe or not to believe
He has risen, to prove His love, confronts us all.
                                          
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; ... If in this life only we have
hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:17-19


If Jesus Christ is just a charlatan, no hope survives.

But now Christ is risen from the dead, ... so in Christ all shall be made alive.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:20-22


But He has risen and this tells the tale of Godís redeeming force.
~ It is the living hope He has given to us.


                     Patience is His prerequisite to eternal life. ◄┓
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward
those who are Christ's at His coming. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:23-26


It has been established that after the recovery of His loyal souls,
~ death will end.

Godís plan is time-honored to enable free souls to return ecstatically in Him.
When all rule, authority, and power over others ends, it
will be then that God truly will trust those whom remain.


... Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast
the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. ~ Hebrews 3:6


And it is by His will that individual lives have been set,
to be welcomed for all those that remain righteous in Him.
To know we are part of Him is one of Godís goals that we come to realize.


... who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and
gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. ~ 1st Peter 1:20-21


For His desire is that we know Him for all that He is.
It is His promise of life that delivers our hope.


       ┏► Only a race finished gains the reward.
... each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope
until the end, that you do not become sluggish, ... ~ Hebrews 6:11-12


Struggles either refine commitment to endure
or weaknesses expose what will forever remain barred.
What we hope for is seriously looked at by God.


Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God
our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, ... ~ 1st Timothy 1:1

            Our hope is God. ◄┛

To see the light is in fact hope in Him.
He is our savior and hope unto eternal life.
Hope for God is the highest of all hopes.


... I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God ...
~ Acts 26:6-8


This world does not care for the word of God
because it removes supreme authority from man.
Those that unjustly condemn will stand condemned.


... be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be
brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; ... ~ 1st Peter 1:13


To prepare for what we will become is larger than anyone can offer.
Approaching grace is more than all time in space that merely dwindles away.
Our hope stands in the light.


... our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation
and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:16-17


Without love of God, how can grace be obtained?

... Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. ~ Acts 2:26

It is in love of God that salvation rests upon her bosom.
It is a fireous vision burning endlessly upon the heart.


...rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; ...
~ Romans 12:12

                                                 
What touches the sky lifts us
beyond what has become broken down here.


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23


Only the strong maintain an exhilaration in what calls us out to care.
Hope is the freedom obtained in His love.


... work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus
Christ in the sight of our God and Father, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 1:3


Spiritual meaning is held by a calm resolve over a reckless heart.

... we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. ~ Romans 5:1-2


For those resolved in His ways, grace rewards our hope.
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... that having been justified by His grace we should become
heirs according to the hope of eternal life. ~ Titus 3:7


Truly, our inheritance is to become children of God.
There is no inheritance for a lone renegade who does not consider God.


... that you may know what is the hope of His calling, ... ~ Ephesians 1:18-19

To fully understand is to know His saving grace powers over all.
This hope invites awareness to be in accord with His works.
Our hope is to be reunited entirely in Him.


There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called
in one hope of your calling; ... ~ Ephesians 4:4

                                                 
We are all born to ourselves.
The calling of God is to find Him and
to be justified by His ordained commands.
There are false hopes of man where imagination replaces His word.
Blowing yourself up in a crowded market does not bring the hope of a
thousand virgins. Lust engulfs the weak. Judging others rashly before
considering self judges oneself in the condemnation of His coming wrath.
If one cannot put contempt away, it will devour the soul at His revealing.


Angry fools have little power to wait. ◄┓                                                                            
For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
~ Galatians 5:5


In Him we find welcomed acceptance into His righteous sanctuary.

                                                     ┏► It is for forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life.
... always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason
for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; ... ~ 1st Peter 3:15


Our faith is in defense of our eternal given lives.
His promise and resurrection awaits for each heart to respond.


... because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you
heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, ~ Colossians 1:5


It is a destiny beyond time where flowers never die.

For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
~ Proverbs 23:18


For those of us that remain hopefully grateful, there will be no ending.

"I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be
a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust." ~ Acts 24:15

God cares for those that would deny Him. ◄┛

It is certain that God will appear to each and every one of us.
Our pursuits and actions will declare whether one soars into the light
or falls into the abyss of darkness.


                                      Heaven is not composed of souls in isolation. ◄┓
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? ~ 1st Thessalonians 2:19

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His kingdom holds all those that would gain the crown He gives.
Hope is not exclusive to self.

The kick is that we hope for each other in gaining eternal life.


... when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
~ 1st John 3:2-3


At His coming, those faithful will ignite upon His waves of light.
Those concealed in doubt will not unfold before Him.
By His power we are lifted into life.

Hope is a wonderful thing and it helps us on our path in union with eternal life.


And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
~ 1st Corinthians 13:13


Hope is our climb in faith to be eternally joined with His love.
Without hope faith is challenged to nurture the love that would inspire us.
One should not trivialize what one hopes for, for it is hope that writes upon
a believing heart. Misplaced hope can jeopardize our eternal lives in Him.
Hope is our rudder to eternity.


Hope: The Bible Informs Us
A living hope comes by the resurrection of Christ
God will deliver us if we trust in Him and not ourselves
Our hope anchors us to Godís promise of eternal life
Hope looks for the appearing of our great God & Savior
If Christ did not resurrect, all our hope is in vain
Our hope through Christ is in Godís truth to end death
Hope is a rejoicing of the soul in the glory of God
Christ appeared so that our faith and hope are in God
Hope is an art of endurance to inherit the promise
God is our hope and Hope is of heaven
Our hope should rest in the grace to come
Hope includes a unwavering confession that He is
God hopes for our return thru His workings
There is one hope in Him which we are all called
Hope desires righteousness by faith
Hope includes hope for all those hopeful in Him
Hope in Him purifies the soul

Faith is Hope in the Promise of His Love
No man is an island apart from Him.
The dead do not carry themselves.
On the shores of our belief, He is.
Darkness can cover no wounds.
Hope is our light unto eternity.


Concepts of Hope
  Of Life        His Calling       In
Heaven
  
Cannot
Be Seen
 
        Living Resulting
From His Raising
  Trusts in
Eternal Life
       
A
Single
Call
               
        Looks for
His Appearing
 
  Trusts
in Him


   Faith in
Resurrection
 
  In Our God
Savior & Lord
Jesus Christ
          
  Desires
Salvation
   Praises
God
     
Upheld
by His Word
  Happy for
His Help
   Desires
Righteousness
  
  Guarded
          
Believes     HOPE   Gives
Gladness
 
  Comforts      Gives Joy
& Peace
       
    Believes
  He Hears
           Seeks
His Mercy
   Does Not
Disappoint
    
  Enduring           
  Hopes for All
 
        Rejoices in
Godís Glory
of Grace
  
     Diligent    
       By Holy
Spiritís
Power
 
            Steadfast Builds
Courage
& Strength
  Purifies
the Soul
 
Waits
Quietly
       
Waits with
Perseverance
      Not
Cut Off
    Rests Upon
Upcoming Grace
     
      Anchor of
the Soul
Patient  

Built on Faith, Born in Love,
Hope is Treasure Ahead.



 

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