If you’ve lost hope and can’t find a reason to ever hope again, here are 9 Reasons to Have Hope—No Matter What!
“I hope I get this new job.”
“I hope I will be healed soon.”
“I hope my children will follow the Lord.”
Maybe you’ve uttered words like these without really believing they will come to pass. So often, expressions of hope are laced with discouragement and doubt, especially in the face of overwhelming loss, repeated failures and betrayals of trust.
No matter how serious your circumstances, they are subject to change, and you can have hope. If you are going through hard times financially, in desperate need to move to a safer neighborhood, or needing a miracle in your marriage, it can all turn around—you can have hope.
If you have become weary and need a fresh Word from heaven, here are nine powerful reasons to have hope—no matter what.
Hope Is a Force That Overcomes
“Every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. –1 John 5: 4-5
At this very moment, if you’ve been born again, you have residing on the inside of you three of the greatest forces ever created. These forces have the power to help you overcome any circumstance and change anything in your life.
What are these three forces? Faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
These forces are inseparable, and together they have the power to put you on top. But getting your hopes up is the key to putting faith and love to work in your life. To put it simply: If you’ll get your hopes up, everything can get better. Faith, hope and love are the answers you need today for anything you’re facing. Don’t be afraid—get your hopes up!
Hope Is Already in You
“At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” –Ephesians 2:12, NKJV
Most people understand how crucial faith and love are, but few understand the importance of hope. They’ve never realized that faith and love can’t function effectively without hope.
Regardless of what you feel hopeless about, the truth remains: You do have hope if you have God! So, don’t go by what you feel. Go by what God says about you and your situation in His Word. Then, by faith say, “Thank God, I have hope.”
Hopelessness is not caused by a lack of education, a lack of money or a lack of opportunity. Hopelessness comes from being without hope and without God in the world. So, if you have God, you have hope. But, like anything else, you have to feed your hope with the Word of God.
Hope Isn’t a Wish
“According to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” –Philippians 1:20, NKJV
Real Bible hope is not “wishing.” That’s worldly hope. People in the world say, “I hope I get a raise at work,” when what they mean is, “I want a raise. I don’t think I’ll get it…but it would be nice if I did.”
The kind of hope described in the Word of God is much stronger than that because it’s not based on wishing or wanting. It is based on your covenant with God and the anointing He has provided to carry out that covenant in your life.
Hope Is Always at Work
“But if we HOPE for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” –Romans 8:25, NIV
The powerful force of hope is a supernatural expectancy. But, keep in mind, you can expect something good or bad. Either way, you’re operating in the powerful force of hope. When you expect something good, you’re operating in hope that comes from the truth of God’s Word. When you are expecting something bad or negative, you’re operating in natural hope or even evil hope.
Supernatural hope knows what God has provided and expects it with eager confidence.
Gospel Hope Always Wins
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham KEPT HOPING.” –Romans 4:18
God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations when Abraham was 100 years old and childless. All the hope he could see in the natural realm was negative. It was working against him. At his age, the only hope he had was of dying. He likely faced thoughts of doubt and natural opposition to God’s idea. But he combated those thoughts, and made a decision to operate in gospel hope instead. He had to choose between natural hope and gospel hope. He knew that gospel hope always wins—and it did!
Gospel Hope Is NOW
“NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for….” –Hebrews 11:1, KJV
How do you know if you’re operating in gospel hope? Listen to your words. If you’re facing financial struggles, natural hope says, “I hope I’ll be able to pay my bills,” but supernatural gospel hope says, “My bills are paid, glory to God, because God’s Word says all my needs are met according to His riches in glory!” (Philippians 4:19).
Natural hope is always in the future. It’s always tomorrow or the next day: “Well, I know God will heal me if He wants to.” But supernatural hope is always right now: “I’m already healed because by His stripes I was healed!” That’s faith.
Faith always says, “Now.” If faith is now, when is hope? Hope is now, too.
Hope Is the Blueprint of Faith
“Faith is the substance of things Hoped for….” –Hebrews 11:1, KJV
Just as the Bible is the blueprint for Christian living, hope is the blueprint of faith. Faith has to have hope to work. Hope has to have faith to produce.
Hope gives you the picture of what God wants for you through the Word of God. Then, faith takes that idea and goes after it. That is how hope and faith work together. Hope is the plan that faith sets out to accomplish. It’s the goal setter.
Hope Always Sees
“…the evidence of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1, KJV
The unseen things mentioned in Hebrews 11:1 are things seen with the eyes of hope. Hope always sees before the natural eye can. Some people have trouble focusing on those unseen things. They’re hung up on what their natural eyes see instead. After all, they reason, that’s reality.
How can you see through the eyes of hope? By renewing your mind—read, study and meditate on the Word of God. Pray and listen to the Holy Spirit. That is how we get ourselves out of the natural realm and step into the supernatural, where truth resides.
Hope Anchors Your Life
“This HOPE is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” —Hebrews 6:19
When a ship is tossed about by the waves and wind of the sea, it relies on one thing—the anchor. An anchor keeps the ship steady—firmly in place. That’s what hope does for you while you’re standing in faith. Maybe you’re believing for something, but the circumstances of life leave you feeling tossed about. Hope is your anchor.
You can’t drift around in hopelessness and live in victory. You have to get in the place of faith and stay there. You have to be stable in hope.
In conclusion, you already have everything you need to have real Bible hope. When you face struggles or disappointments, remember that hope is a force that is already in you, it isn’t a wish, it always works, it always wins, it’s now, it’s your blueprint, it always sees and it is an anchor. Hope will fuel your faith and take you to a place of victory through Christ Jesus. His promises are His will for YOU. So, no matter what, don’t give up—get your hopes up!
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