Confidence Through Hope

We are officially in the Advent season. Advent is a special time of the year where we prepare to celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ on the earth while we look forward in anticipation for His return. Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. The first Sunday’s focus is hope.

We spend a lot of time preparing for this season and in my home, I must confess, we get into the celebration. We decorate the house; I do the inside and my husband does the outside. To be honest, we are just about done. And there is nothing wrong with that. The problem begins when that is all there is to the season in our lives. The most important thing to remember is that Jesus Christ was born.

The dictionary tells us that hope is a feeling of expectation or desire for a certain thing to happen. Feelings are unreliable because they can change from one moment to the next. Allowing your feelings to dictate your hope can be a dangerous thing. The hope we are talking about not only desires something to happen- it expects it to happen. Hebrews 10:23 AMP tells us, Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word].” We can have hope in the promises of God.

A promise is only as good as the person making the promise. If that person has a history of being unreliable then you cannot put your hope in their word. But God is not like man; He keeps His word so we can hold tightly to our hope without wavering. The Apostle Paul told the Roman Church, We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)” (Romans 8:24-25 NLT) Let us look in anticipation for His return.

Thought for Today: Friend, hope in the promises of God.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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