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Hope Lives

Written on a wall in a Nazi camp: “I believe in the sun, even when it doesn’t shine; I believe in love, even when it isn’t expressed; I believe in God, even when He is silent.”

Even in a Nazi camp, there was hope.

There are 121 instances of the word ‘Hope’ in the Bible (+ 14 variations--hoped, hopeth, hoping) but they all boil down to this verse: Romans 8:24 - “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”

Jesus is our hope! And if you are born spiritually into God’s family, hope is not just in front of you, hope LIVES IN you! 1Corinthians 6:19 - “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

If you have not yet become a child of God, now is the time! No matter how bad it gets, we may abound in hope! There’s a Light at the end of the tunnel, a Hand to hold!

Romans 15:13 - “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

I've been running through rain 
 that I thought would never end,
 Trying to make it on faith 
 in a struggle against the wind. 
 I've seen the dark and the broken places, 
 But I know in my soul that
 no matter how bad it gets,
 I'll be alright!
 There's hope in front of me,
 there's a light, I still see it! 
 There's a hand still holding me, 
 even when I don't believe it.

God will deliver you IN your affliction, not FROM your affliction. You aren’t always responsible for your circumstances but you ARE responsible for the way you handle your circumstances. Believer, take heart … no matter how bad it gets, there's hope! Hope in front of you, behind you, all around you! A lively hope … by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1John 1:3-5“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

The Light is always brighter when you’re in a dark room! A Christ-follower’s proper response to adversity is the best witness to the lost. Show them your Hope!

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