Romans 15:13

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

The definition of hope is, “To cherish a desire with anticipation.” God is a God of hope. The desire to be with Him in glory is greatly anticipated, and we cherish this desire. Do you hope for this?

There is a song we sing that has the line in it, “...just to hope will not do, I must be fully persuaded.” Just to hope will not do, but if you do not hope, then you do not have a cherished desire. Faith cannot work correctly without hope. Faith is the “substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). If you could see God, it isn’t faith anymore, it would be fact. He would be right in front of you. If you believe Him, and yet do not see Him, then that is living by faith. Faith is the substance of the things we hope for.

What desire do you cherish with anticipation? God is a God of hope, so what do you hope for?

When times get tough and the circumstances get hard, hold to God’s unchanging hand. By doing this, you can build your hopes on things eternal. Don’t just build your hopes on things that are fleeting vanities of this life, build them on Christ the solid rock. Hope in Him, because He is a God of eternal value.

Build your hopes on things eternal. Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

51-1003 - “Believest Thou This?”

You know back in the old days, when you get mad dog bit, they'd take you to the madstone. If you stuck, you lived. If you didn't, you died. The worst mad dog I know of is the devil. And I tell you there's a Rock of Ages, Christ Jesus. Go hang onto the Rock of Ages. Take the promise and stick to it. Hold to it. If you stick, you live; if you turn loose, you die. And when you've got God's promise, stand right with it until the healing virtue of the saving power of Christ takes you, and heals you, and makes you well. Hold on to God's unchanging hand. Build your hopes on things eternal. There, how wonderful, how marvelous.

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