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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Spirit of Hope
By Jeffrey Gante
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After each infant is birthed, it hopes everyday for the breasts of itís mother and the relief that comes from a fresh diaper. The child grows and hopes for money under the pillow when he loses a tooth; a young girl may hope for a Pooh bear on her birthday. Children hope for good grades on their report cards and hope for the approval of their parents for a job well done.
Hope in ďsomethingĒ is what keeps us going as we grow and mature. Hope gives us a reason for living. We are many times disappointed when our hopes are crushed due to unexpected circumstances in our lives. But hope continues.
Yet, a better hope is birthed when we are born again as a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:1-7). When Godís Spirit enters our hearts, He brings new hope into our lives that spiritually creates within us deeper expectations than we can ever come close to in the natural.
This new hope is based on the outpouring of Godís love which drenches our soul and spirit through the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives (Rom. 5:5). God fills us with
supernatural joy and peace of mind so ďthat ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy GhostĒ (Rom. 15:13) kjv. This begins the abundant hope of a fulfilling life here on earth as Godís Spirit walks with us step-by-step through each day.
Furthermore, when we are filled with Godís Spirit, we have an even greater hope -eternal life. The Holy Spirit not only walks with us in this lifetime, He escorts us straight to Godís presence (II Cor. 5:5-8) at the moment we breathe our last.
The Bible teaches that after we believe in Christ, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance in the kingdom of God. Jesus already purchased our bodies
with His blood. Now we hope for eternal life even though we donít yet see it - because ďhope that is seen is not hopeĒ (Rom. 8:24). *
Because of Godís Spirit we have a better hope, greater expectations and everlasting life.
* Titus 3:5-7; Eph. 1:13,14; Rom. 8:23-25; I Peter 1:2,3
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