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Is there still hope?

Google states the word hope as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.”

In our upside-down cruel world, is there still hope for us? Famine, unemployment by the millions, viruses killing off hundreds of thousands, corruption, floods, earthquakes and so forth influencing how we feel.

Do all these things affect you to feel hopeless, or are you still hopeful? Where do you find your hope from?

I saw a video clip about a lady that parked her vehicle to open the gate, and she was apprehended by someone pointing a gun at her saying “I am not going to hurt you”, his partners in crime was sitting in the bakkie waiting for him to kidnap the women.

She replied: “No, you are not going to hurt me but in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth you will leave and not harm me!”

They turned away and fled. Why?

Romans 15:13:  May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

She knew who Hope is, and how to call on Him in a time of need. She understood the power she had in the name of names.

Do you have hope; do you know where your hope comes from? Just last week our lady working in our house sister’s son committed suicide. He lost his job and after a fight took his own life.

A young man with a purpose created by God, dying too soon, leaving behind family and loved ones with unspeakable pain and unanswered questions and guilt that they do not deserve.

Can we judge? NO! After our son died of cancer, I was there, hopeless and desperate for the pain just to go away, but by the grace of God I did not go through with it. I was a Christian but did not have a relationship with the God of hope.

How did that lady have the guts to stare into a barrel of a gun and tell the man to go? She had HOPE, she knew who lived inside her. The Spirit of the highest God, the Holy Spirit.

I understand we are living in peril and challenging times, and don’t have the answer for all the unanswered why’s, but what I know is that you don’t need to be hopeless and give up.

Psalm 86 verse 7 says: I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.

It does not say maybe answer, but WILL answer me. The answer may not be what you want to hear. Are you in His will or your own?

Have you ever wondered why certain people usually get what they ask for, sometimes in miraculous ways, but not you?

I know why it is because they honour God and worship Him in every aspect. He is their steering wheel, not their spare wheel, just when you need Him.

In times of trouble, worship Him.

In times of heartbreak, worship Him.

In good times, worship Him. He understands, He knows your heart and mind, hears every thought and word coming out of your mouth.

A lady friend of mine, Anne, sends inspirational pieces every day, and this morning used a very good comparison.

If you need a haircut, your hair is not long one day and tomorrow you have short hair. You have to visit the hairdresser for the change. This is how it works with our Father. You must go to Him.

Allow Him to bring the change.

Examine your heart, are you praying for your own selfish needs, or use prayer as a buoy for when you are in trouble?

If you never had a relationship with our Father, please consider accepting Jesus Christ as your saviour; get to know Him who created you. Get to know the real God that cares for us and loves us unconditionally. Hold onto His word, because the prayer of a righteous person will never come back void.

However, He is a jealous God. If He is not your all, come first in everything, whose fault is it? He is there for us, 24/7, 7 days a week, but where are we?

Is there still hope? Yes, His name is Jesus Christ. Holding onto hope and your faith is not easy, but if you allow His Spirit in your life, it will change. Your circumstances may not change immediately, but you will be able to stand under the pressure. You will have Hope!


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