Hope, Vision and Faith

Hope is closely allied with faith and vision. In Hebrews, the writer  tells us, faith is “the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). Hope is the object upon which we direct our focus and energies.

As a Christian, hope is the knowledge, we are being changed for the better as we trust in God’s promises (Romans 8:28). You believe, no matter the circumstances, God’s plans for your life is “for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11b NLT).

Abraham also modeled hope. When he was 75, God promised him, a  blessing to give him many descendants, as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham heard these words and believed God (Genesis 15:6).

But despite his belief, Hebrews 6:15 explains, Abraham had to wait 25 years to see the fulfillment of his hope. Yet all the while, Abraham trusted in God. Abraham looked to God as “the Author of his hope” and he saw the promise come to pass.

Stay Cool

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 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  – Jeremiah 29:11

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9

Prayers Today for Newton, Conn. Families

Please join KSWP and KAVX in prayer for the families, first responders and victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut! We know that PrayerWorks.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (NIV)

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1 (NIV)

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13b (NIV)

Remembering The Victims: Charlotte Bacon, 6, Daniel Barden, 7, Olivia Engel, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6, Dylan Hockley, 6, Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, Catherine V. Hubbard, 6, Chase Kowalski, 7, Jesse Lewis, 6, James Mattioli, 6, Grace McDonnell, 7 Emilie Parker, 6, Jack Pinto, 6, Noah Pozner, 6, Caroline Previdi, 6, Jessica Rekos, 6 Avielle Richman, 6, Benjamin Wheeler, 6, Allison N. Wyatt, 6, Dawn Hochsprung, 47, Rachel Davino, 29, Anne Marie Murphy, 52, Lauren Rousseau, 30, Mary Sherlach, 56, Victoria Soto, 27.

And their families left behind.

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Be Blessed. How?

The scripture tells us that the blessed man is someone who trusts and hopes in the Lord. So if you want to be blessed, you must  putting your assurance and hope in the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:7)

Often you hear people telling us to “trust and hope in the Lord”. But what does that mean? How do someone do that in a practical sense.

I’m glad that the Bible shows us how in Psalm 1:1-3:

  • Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
  • but his delight is in the Word of the Lord, and in His word he meditates day and night.
  • He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

Like the Jeremiah, the psalmist paints an identical picture of a fruitful man – like  an evergreen tree planted by the waters.

I believe this answers the question on how you prosper by practically putting your trust and hope in the Lord. You delight in and MEDITATE on His Word day and night!

Nothing Is Too Hard For God

Jeremiah 32:17… ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Our minds tend to see our problems as big or small. But that is not the way God thinks. There is nothing too hard for Him who made the heavens and the earth! With God, there is no such thing as a “big” problem. In fact, the “bigger” the problem, the “easier” it is for Him!
In the feeding of the 5,000, it took only five loaves to feed the multitude. But in the feeding of the smaller multitude of 4,000, it took seven loaves. In man’s scheme of things, it should take more loaves to feed more people. But this is not so with God. It took fewer loaves to feed more people. This is God’s way of telling us that the “bigger” the problem, the “easier” it is for Him. With God, it is never a problem because there is nothing too hard for Him!