Welcome to December, the last month of 2021.
This month our focus is on building strong foundations of ‘Hope’ in Jesus Christ, His Word, and His promises.
The Greek word in the New Testament for ‘Hope’ is ‘Elpis ‘. Elpis means trust, confidence, and expectation (Strong’s Concordance).
The believer’s Hope can be defined, as a confident expectation with joyful patience and endurance to see the fulfillment of God’s promises.
Several believers upon reflection on this year, have summed the year as one of the most difficult years for them, having gone through numerous trials, challenges, suffering, persecution, and losses. Many of God’s precious children have become bitter and angry with God, some have lost hope in God, His Word, and His promises.
Friend, as a result of the various challenging experiences, many believers have resorted to living in fear, anxiety, worry, unbelief, and totally dependent on the world’s methods and laws to guide their daily lives.
However, the Lord wants to remind you that your good, bad and ugly situations can never change His love, His faithful word, and His promises for you.
God wants you to build ‘Hope in Jesus Christ as the foundation of your life and family, as we end 2021 and enter into the new year.
Beloved, God and His word can never fail you. Tell your soul right now (say it aloud) to Hope in God, and have a confident expectation that you will see the fulfillment and manifestation of all of God’s promises in every area of your life, family, finances, and ministry.
I want you to take time this month and meditate upon the following scriptures. As you do so, may the Holy Spirit fill you with an overflow of unwavering Hope and expectation in God, His faithful word, and promises.
Psalm 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, For the help of His countenance”.
Psalm 130:5-7 “Wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord. More than those who watch for the morning. Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel,(insert your name) hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption”.
Jeremiah 29:11 “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”.
Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now 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 15:12-13 “And again, Isaiah says: ‘There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.” 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 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer”.
Colossians 1:27 “To them, God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.
Hebrews. 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.
Have a blessed and glorious Christmas season.
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