Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord
July 25, 2014
Ephesians 1:7 – In Whom Forgiveness of Sins
July 27, 2014
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord
July 25, 2014
Ephesians 1:7 – In Whom Forgiveness of Sins
July 27, 2014

You Have Hopeology

Hope word picture-wide

1 Peter 3:15
15 But sanctify the Lord in your hearts; and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you.

On a recent trip to North Myrtle Beach, SC, we came across the store called HOPEologist that carries gifts of hope. It’s definitely a Christian-based store, and as I wandered through the store this thought jumped out at me. As believers, you and I are HOPEologists, aren’t we?

If you don’t think you’re a hopeologist, I want you to understand the hope that Jesus Christ gives you. In Romans 15:13 Paul encourages believers in the God of hope. He says that through our God, who IS hope, you will receive HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit. You can’t define hope in yourself because you’re fickle. One day you’re happy and on top of the world; the next day you’ve been dealt an emotional blow that leaves you without hope. Only when your hope is in God, who never changes, can you know hope and put it into practical experience in your life.

The God of ALL hope promises to FILL you with all joy and peace in believing. God is hope. He is joy. He is peace. He is all that you and I need. If we don’t believe He is our hope, our joy, our peace, though, we’ll not know hope; and we will be hopeless.

Hope, that is Biblical hope, is confident expectation. Hope allows you to expect to see God’s promises fulfilled in your life. Hope brings confidence to your heart and mind of God’s immense love for you, His approval of you. If you don’t have this kind of hope, you won’t be able to comprehend God’s overwhelming love and all that He’s done for you through Jesus.

Paul says that you and I who have accepted God’s gift of redemption and restoration of fellowship are containers of the hope of God to the world. In other words, we should convey the hope we have received with others who have no hope. Every day you and I meet people who have either lost hope or are on the brink of losing it. What encouraging word can you give them because after all, you’re a HOPEologist, right?