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Daily Devotions - Keeping Your Hope in God Alive

Updated on August 20, 2016
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Yvette is a Christian with a passion for helping people find God's purpose for their life. Her hubs are sources of daily inspiration.

Don't give up your hope.
Don't give up your hope. | Source

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Hope that Will Not Disappoint

Is your life filled with disappointment, intense struggles, and you are uncertain how to move forward? You can find hope in God that does not disappoint.. Take time to read Romans 5:1-5 slowly. The Apostle Paul outlines a process that could serve as guide to find hope in adversity. As a believer:

  • You have been made right by faith with God so you have peace with him because of Jesus Christ;
  • You now stand in a place of undeserved privilege with confident expectations of sharing God's glory;
  • So even when you face trials or adversities, you can rejoice and be glad in the Lord;
  • The adversities give you opportunities to develop endurance, strength of character, and then confident hope that will not lead to disappointment;
  • Through this process, love which is the fruit of the Spirit, is poured in your heart, so you can dispense God's love lavishly and joyfully in the adverse situations.

So instead of reacting defensively in the challenging circumstances, the hope and love poured in your heart enable you to see the underlying need of the person(s) who might be attacking you. As you do, ask God to make you a channel of his love in what could otherwise continue to be a situation of conflict and pain.

Allow God to give you new understanding about the adverse conditions or the person(s) coming against you. Circumstances or people cannot hinder the purpose God has for you in any specific situation. The only obstacle is your own disappointment that breeds resentment, and could lead to bitter words, unloving actions. and lost hope in the challenging situations.

On the other hand, you can stand confidently in the truth that, "No one who hopes in you [Lord] will ever be put to shame ..." (Psalm 15:11, NIV). So your hope is anchored in the belief that it is possible to rise above your challenges, and that the best is yet to come.

The solid foundation for this kind of hope is found only in God, as you will see from the Abraham's experience described below.

Abraham's Hope Triumphed

Hope is defined as, "a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen" despite the odds. In the context of this definition, consider Abraham's response as outlined in the following verse:

"Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping--believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That's how many descendants you will have!"" (Romans 4:18, NLT).

Abraham did not give up hope even though everything in his circumstances seemed opposite to what God promised him. God promised that through his son, he would become the father of many nations. But Abraham and his wife Sarah were very old; Sarah was past childbearing age.

But Abraham kept hoping, "he never wavered in believing God's promise ... he was fully convinced that God is able to do what he promises" (vs. 20, 21), and he certainly was not disappointed. Abraham and Sarah had their son, Isaac.

Hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Determine the Basis of Your Hope

Like Abraham, you need to know the basis of your hope. The following verses are just two of the reasons for your hope that will not disappoint:

  • It is impossible for God to lie.

His Word emphatically states, "God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?" (Numbers 23: 19, NLT).

  • God is the wellspring of all hope.

Paul prayed, "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13, NLT).

The hymn sung in the video above declares, "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness." As you meditate on the verses above and sing the hymn, you could find that you sense a deep assurance of your hope that that is firmly grounded in Jesus Christ. You know that you will not be ashamed no matter what the circumstances are.

Some say that our need for God is a "crutch" and that only weak people need God. But that's not true any more than our need for air and food is because we're weak.

— Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

How to Keep Hope Alive in Adversity

Here are seven steps to take in the process of keeping your hope in God alive in the midst of adversities:

  1. Repent for you own mistakes and failures in the situation(s). For believers, "if we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1: 9, NIV). According to Jack Hayford, respected Christian leader, a spirit of lifelong repentance helps us develop a mindset which keeps us available to renewal.
  2. Recognize the connection between hope and faith. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1, NASB). Read through and meditate on the great faith chapter, Hebrews 11.
  3. Ground your hope in the Word of God. This will only happen as you take time to meditate on God's Word day and night, Notice that is exactly what God instructed Joshua to do at a turning point in his life (Joshua 1:8)
  4. Keep focus on your life's vision. Hold on to the vision that is greater than you and your problem, one that is anchored in God's purpose for you life (Jeremiah 29:11).
  5. Promote unity and togetherness. Ask God for guidance and the power to build bridges in your family, with other believers, and your wider circles.
  6. Ask for a wise and discerning heart to find solutions. Consider King Solomon's request at the start of his reign (1 Kings 3:9).
  7. Develop resiliency to bounce back in spite of setbacks. This comes through learning from your failures or mistakes, and developing new creativity. Pray that the "eyes of your heart are enlightened" (Ephesians 1:17), so that you will experience fresh revelation, a sense of optimism, and see new possibilities.

Look up! Know that your help comes from the Lord, and you can rest in confident hope.
Look up! Know that your help comes from the Lord, and you can rest in confident hope. | Source

Meditate on God's Word - Hope

  • For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 11:29, NIV).
  • Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. ..So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 16, 18, NIV),
  • And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5, NLT).
  • I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13, NLT).
  • But forget all that--it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland (Isaiah 43: 18-19, NLT).

Prayer to Keep Hope Alive

Father of all hope, I thank you that you are with me in these challenging times, and I have the deep assurance that you will never leave me. By your great power in me Lord, I experience your hope that will not disappoint. Thank you for using me as an instrument, so that the love that you so lavishly pour into my heart, is released in my sphere of influence. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.

Song: God Will Make a Way!

Moving Forward

You can move forward with the deep sense of "Christ in you the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27, NKJ). This strengthens your optimism, confident expectation and assurance that, "God will make a way."

As your character continues to develop, you release the life of God through your words and actions in the situations you are facing, and your life will genuinely reflect God's blessings and favor.


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      Yvette Stupart 24 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks manatita, I'm glad you like it. Yes, hope is essential to our very existence.

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      manatita44 24 months ago from london

      You present a lot of challenges, Inspired Heart, and yes, hope is crucial. Very wholesome and necessary Hub. Much peace.

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      Yvette Stupart 24 months ago from Jamaica

      "... for they shall be called the children of God." Thanks Jay.

      Blessings.

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      Jay C OBrien 24 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Blessed are the peace makers.

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      Yvette Stupart 24 months ago from Jamaica

      You are very welcome Chin chin. I agree without a lively hope in God I really could not stand in many challenging situations I faced.

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      Chin chin 24 months ago from Philippines

      I believe that our hope in God strengthens us and keeps us standing in the midst of adversities. Thank you, Inspired Heart, for the words of encouragement. God bless you.

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      Yvette Stupart 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks The Stages of ME, I am happy you like my hub on keeping hope alive.

      Blessings,

      Yvette

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      Yvette Stupart 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks for commenting Jay. Thanks also for including forgiveness as an important factor. It is impossible to keep hope alive while holding grudge and unforgiveness

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      The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

      Yvette ~

      Preach it Sista, nice hub, hope is alive and living inside of you obviously. Good words to live by, great motivation for others. Keep on Keeping on...

      Many Blessings

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      This is a great article and so well written. Here are a few points.

      1. Forgive others and yourself. You will be forgiven as you forgive. Peace of mind will occur. Love your enemy.

      2. Look ahead in life, not as in a rear view mirror.

      3. Do not judge others to the extent of creating negative emotions within yourself (hate, jealousy or anger). As you condemn you will be condemned. Jesus never condemned anyone. Jesus did not punish.

      4. Abraham married a Canaanite as did many Hebrews. The Canaanites and Hebrews were to a large extent interbred.

      5. In the Mideast women and children were subordinate to men in ancient times and this is still true in some places today.

      6. Why did Joshua order the killing of subordinate women and children? Did The Lord really order a genocide? What would Jesus do in the place of Joshua?