Hope That Perseveres

by Carolyn Hope

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” (Romans 4:18)

Abraham’s story is a very beautiful picture of hope. This man was 75 years old and had no children. His wife Sarah was 65, far too old to produce a child. Still, it was at this time that God began promising Abraham an heir of his own. In one instance He appeared before Abraham and declared that he would have descendants too numerous to count (see Genesis 15:5). Abraham believed God’s promise, a promise that was outrageous in the natural but certain in the spiritual. Then for 25 years, he waited. He waited, and waited, and waited. He did not, however, in his waiting forget. He didn’t put the promise to the side or set it on the shelf. Abraham kept hoping, and his hope was fulfilled. Sarah gave birth to Isaac when she was 90 years old (Abraham was 100!), beginning the lineage of the Israelites, a people and nation that has stood for thousands of years.

Hope is not passive. Hope is active. It perseveres through every trial, every circumstance, and every year. Hope refuses to give up, even when all the odds are stacked against it. When all is hopeless, hope remains. Those who hold onto hope and will not let go will receive their promises. Relentless hope in the Lord always leads to fulfillment.

Wherever you are, there is hope for you. There are promises from God for your life, and they will come to pass. It may take weeks, months, or years of waiting, persistent hope, but if you will refuse to believe anything less than what God has said, you will receive what you are hoping for. God’s Word never returns void (Isaiah 55:11) and always proves true (2 Samuel 22:31 and Proverbs 30:5). Keep hoping today, as Abraham did. Don’t put your promises on the shelf or pretend they aren’t important. Allow your heart to hope, Dear One.

One of the ways you can persevere in your hope is to pray over your hopes and dreams. Read the Scriptures and remind yourself of the Lord’s promises. As you pray and stand on the Word, you are adding fuel to the fire of hope, strengthening it to withstand the winds and rains that come against it. The world we live in is full of discouragement, and there are many times when it seems too hard to hope. If you’ll be diligent and keep hoping, you will get what you asked for. Don’t lose your hope, Child of God. It’s a precious light in the darkness around us.

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Fruit #7: Faithfulness

by Carolyn Hope

And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. (Hebrews 3:1-2)

Here in Hebrews, we see two examples of faithfulness: Jesus and Moses. Jesus was faithful to His Father all his life on earth and remains faithful today. Moses likewise was faithful as a shepherd of the Israelites throughout all their wanderings in the wilderness.

Faithfulness is not an instantaneous attribute. It must be built and developed over time. Being faithful starts with day one, then day two, day three, and so on. In order to be faithful, one must make consistent choices. Faithful people are dependable and reliable; the reason they are so is that again and again, they choose to be there when you need them.

You can be faithful by being consistent and steady. Show up to work on time, every day. Keep your word to people; when you say you’ll do something, do it. Deliver your promises in the time frame you said you would. Faithfulness doesn’t require routine, though it often helps. If you’re struggling to be faithful in a certain area, try setting a specific time each day or each week to do what you need to for that. Be encouraged; you have the power to be faithful within you. Jesus, Whose Name is Faithful and True, will guide you in a life of faithfulness.

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