“And now, these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13.
We have heard a lot of messages on faith and love but very few messages on hope. The Bible calls “hope” one of the three enduring things.
What is hope?
Hope is comes from the Greek word – ‘elpis’ – it is a confident expectation of what is certain or to be anticipated. Hope is a confident expectation of the promises of God being made a reality in our lives. Ok ok, let me put it another way – to hope is to anticipate God’s blessings in our lives.
Unfortunately, many people define hope in their hearts as hopelessness. They say, “I hope it works out…” or someone might respond as though what you said is not certain by saying, “You hope so….” Sadly, many people have exchanged hope for hopelessness.
I want to encourage you today to receive supernatural hope from the Spirit of God.
Hey, everything around you could be going wrong – maybe you lost your job or your wife just packed her bags. When all seems to be lost, this hope will arise and say – I just know God is going to come through for me, I am expecting God’s favour.
The Bible in the Book of Hebrews defines faith as the substance of things hoped for. Faith is trusting that your Heavenly Father loves you and because He loves you, you have a hope or an expectation of blessings. What are the things hope for? It is all that Jesus has accomplished for us through His death, burial and resurrection.
So I have a word for you today – ANTICIPATE! – have a confident expectation. Let God surprise you, your Daddy is watching and He will surprise you!
My wife once planned a surprise birthday party for me.
Even though I saw the cars and the crowd, I was still surprised! It is amazing how we can still be surprised even though we were expecting the surprise. God loves to exceed our expectations. He never over promises and under delivers – He does exceedingly, abundantly, far above our wildest expectations. So I want to encourage you to anticipate God’s surprises and be filled with supernatural amazing wonder!
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