Great joy arises from great hope.
Where you find hopelessness you will find equal measure of joylessness.
In our culture Hope often equates to wishing for or what you would like to be.
Scriptural hope is different, it relates to joyful anticipation a belief in its being before it has happened.
In turn this relates to God’s prevailing word, promise, His heart and His mind.
We can go to God knowing that those things that catch us off guard are all known and never catch Him unawares.
He already has the answer to the problem and we need not fear.
Hope is infectious and contagious.
God depends upon us to bring it to those who have none.
Real faith never denies a problem but does deny the influence the problem has.
Fear and worry are washed away in our hope in God’s Solution.
We may not have an answer but God does.
Before the earth was made God already had planned Jesus, planned for the redemption of a world problem.
Prophetically In scripture we see how God knew People and the world would keep messing up creating barrenness of the heart or land.
That He would keep pouring water, the Holy Spirit, over and bringing it back to flourishing abundantly.
He keeps to His promises.
God releases His presence and power and cures all and exhibits repeatedly His excellence to encourage our faith.
We see the Glory of God.
The more immersed in God we are the stronger we become.
We know He has the solution.
The more hope we have and the greater joy.
We are given the duty, responsibility of carrying the weak to allow them also to win the race. If they do not have the ability to complete it on their own God expects us to encourage.
Encouragement brings hope and joy.
God can release divine power and favour where His son asks and it is Jesus within us who intercedes for others.
We do not manipulate God but we stand with and He brings about the vindication He has promised.
Jesus has commissioned us.
If we speak out to encourage and bring hope to others, in His name it will be done, it requires our participation.
I believe it is inevitable that there will be delays where God awaits our input, our action, our obedience.
The absence of action does not hinge on the sovereignty of God always but on our lack of obedience and action on what we have been told.
There are people who go to their beds at night with aching hearts, in despair and without hope because they have not been encouraged by one of us who could have spoken out hope and introduced some of the nature of God and joy in their lives.
We can bring some encouragement and make prophetic decrees and strengthen others in their walk.
God promises a supernatural invasion of holiness in his people and land.
A highway that even fools cannot fall off as His way forward.
A great verse of Hope is found in Isaiah 35 quoted as our scripture below.
The illustration shows hope and joy in abundance. The colour explosion being that of the Holy Spirit residing within us and our land. Worship is like a bulldozer creating the highway to holiness and joy.
The scripture that comes to mind:
“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”Isaiah 35:1-10 ESV
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