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Dec 19

Christmas Hope

Christmas Hope

Is there any place that we can get hope that we can depend upon?   The type of hope that is strong enough and secure enough for the storms of life that often threaten to sweep us away in to a flood of discouragement and doubt.  The Bible tells us that you find it in God.  God is the source – the source of hope.

Romans 15:13 “May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in Him.”  In other words as you put your faith in God, He gives you peace, joy and hope.  And He says, “.. Then you will overflow with hope…” Specifically, God says if you want to put your hope in Me, you need to put it in My name.  Psalm 52:9“In Your name I will hope,for Your name is good.”

What does that mean?  How do you put hope in a name?  What’s the big deal?  In ancient cultures, they would choose a name because of what it meant, because of what it described. In fact, your name was usually the definition of your character.  You were given a name that matched who you were.

In the Bible, God calls Himself by many different Hebrew names. Each one of those names is a description of His character.  Each one of those names is a promise to you. Each one of those names is a benefit that God says, I provide to man. 

  • For instance, one time God used the Hebrew name Jehovah Shalom.  That means, “I am the God who gives you peace.  And if you want real peace of mind you come to Me for it.”
  • In another place He uses the Hebrew term, I am Jehovah Jirah.  That means, “I am the God who provides for all your needs.  You can count on Me.  You can come to Me.” 
  • At the end of the book of Ezekiel,48:35  God gives one of His names.  He says “I am Jehovah Shammah.” In Hebrew that means, “I am the God who is always there.”

There is no place that God is not. There is no place you will go that God isn’t. God has been in your past. He’s in your present. He’s going to be in your future. He’s in the good times and the bad times. He’s in the good places. He’s in the evil places. He is everywhere. Wow!!!!  Wow!!!  Wow!!

Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul firm and secure.”  Our hope is only as good as what it is attached to, or what it is anchored to.  Hope in and of itself has no power.  You can wish for something, you can hope for something, and temporarily you might feel a little better about it.  But the only way hope has any real power is when it’s anchored in the God who has real power.

Wow!  What a promise!

Walk In Hope

Rick

 

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