Hold On To Hope

The word “hope” in the New Testament is elpis (Strong’s NT:1680).  It is defined as expectation, to anticipate (usually with pleasure), confidence and security.  In a good sense, expectation of good, hope, and in the Christian sense, joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation.  The author of hope, or He who is its foundation.  The thing hoped for.  Translated in some verses in the KJV as faith.

Hebrews 6:19 says that hope is an anchor to the soul. When the storms come and the winds blow, hope will keep us firmly secured so that we are not tossed to and fro.

Sometimes situations happen in life where we are tempted to give up, where we begin to lose hope.

Some have lost hope, or are just hanging on by a thread.  You’ve waited on the Lord, have prayed many prayers, have cried many tears … yet the promise has not come to pass yet.  The healing that you are believing for has not manifested yet.

But don’t give up, because He WILL show up.

This is a prayer that the Psalmist David penned when he was in distress.  Depression and hopelessness had set in and he found himself in a pit of despair.

Psalms 69:2-3, 14-17  AMP

2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overwhelm me.

3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; my eyes fail with waiting [hopefully] for my God.

14 Rescue me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me and from out of the deep waters.

15 Let not the floodwaters overflow and overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up nor the [dug] pit [with water perhaps in the bottom] close its mouth over me.

16 Hear and answer me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is sweet and comforting; according to Your plenteous tender mercy and steadfast love turn to me.

17 Hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress; O answer me speedily!

David had been anointed as king, yet spent several years of his life hiding in caves and fleeing from Saul.  Those were difficult years but God brought him through it.  Eventually, the promise was fulfilled in his life.  He was appointed as king over Judah for 7 years, then king over all Israel for the next 33 years, totaling 40 years.

David said in Psalms 27:13-14, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”  NASU

The year was approximately 1997 or 1998.  I had hit a low place in my life.  Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes it is a tree of life.  I was going through burn out.  I was working full time, going to college in the evenings and Saturdays, plus other activities I was involved in.  I did a lot of commuting on the hectic freeways in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a daily basis.  Sometimes I didn’t get home until after 10:30pm, then would start the next cycle the following morning.

Also, I was distressed with problems in my family.  Plus, hopelessness set in waiting for some promises to come to pass in my life.  I reached a point where hope had been lost and I wanted to go to heaven.  I fell into a deep depression.  The pain was more than I could bear.  I never did attempt to commit suicide, but thoughts of dying, suicide and going to heaven were on my mind a lot.

One evening I was sitting on the edge of my bed with thoughts going through my mind of wanting to die and go on to heaven.  Meanwhile, my mother was in the family room watching the Praise the Lord broadcast on TBN.  My mother rushed into my room and told me that Jan Crouch had a word of knowledge that there was a woman who was thinking about dying, had suicidal thoughts on her mind (although, as I said, I never attempted to kill myself).  When Jan Crouch gave that word of knowledge, my mother knew it was for me and she was right.

Around that same time, I was sleeping and had a vision during the night.  I don’t know if I woke up and saw the vision or if I was asleep the whole time.  All I know is that it was SO real and tangible.  I was asleep and then I opened my eyes and saw an Asian woman (around in her 20’s or 30’s) who I did not recognize.  She was sitting on the edge of my bed in front of me.  She said that she came to give me a word from the Lord, and it was along the same lines as the word of knowledge from Jan Crouch.  The Lord (through her — maybe she was an angel) told me the consequences if I were to go through with ending it all.  (I would end up in hell.)  I immediately repented.

Psalms 40:1-3 in the Amplified Version says,

1 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.

2 He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.

3 And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.  [Psalms 5:11.]

God promises to transform our valley of trouble into a door of hope.

Hosea 2:15-16 (AMP) says,

15 There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [troubling] to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

16 And it shall be in that day, says the Lord, that you will call Me Ishi [my Husband], and you shall no more call Me Baali [my Master].

The Easton’s Bible Dictionary goes into detail about the Valley of Achor.  Achor means “trouble”.  This valley was near Jericho, and identified as the Wady Kelt.  It was named after the consequence of the trouble which the sin of Achan caused Israel (Joshua 7:24-26).

The expression “Valley of Achor” became proverbial for that which caused trouble.  When Isaiah 65:10 refers to it, the Valley of Achor would be a place for herds to lie down.  Meaning, that which had been a source of calamity would become a source of blessing.  Hosea 2:15 uses the expression in the same sense.  The Valley of Achor (trouble) would be for a door of hope.  Trouble would be turned into joy, despair into hope.

If we will surrender to the Lord, He will turn our Valley of Achor into a door of hope.  It will not only bring hope to us, but we in turn will be able to offer other people hope who are going through the same thing.

About Grace #41-50

#41 Grace allows you to be preferred.

#42 Through Him also we have our access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. Romans 5:2 Amplified

#43 Grace = God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense

#44 Become a partaker of His grace.

#45 Grace gives you the ability to stand firmly.

#46 We go from grace, to favor, to glory.

#47 Faith is an accelerator of grace. It makes grace go. If you need more grace, exercise your faith (spend faith like currency). Keith Butler

#48 Grace manifests itself as power and strength. You can’t work for this. It’s God’s unmerited favor. 2 Corinthians 12:9

#49 Grace will stabilize every weak area in your life.

#50 Grace does more for our weaknesses than for our strengths.

About Grace #31-40

#31 You can grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18). How do you determine how much grace He’s given you? Look back and see how far He’s brought you.

#32 Grace is favor. Favor is the willingness of others to use their power, ability and influence to help you.

#33 Grace gives access to favor. Favor will open doors that no man can shut.

#34 Favor will promote you. It gives you preferential treatment. Favor gives you access to glory (Exodus 33:13-14).

#35 The glory of God is the goodness of God.

#36 Never underestimate the power of grace. There’s a grace that’s been bestowed on us to get the task done of why we’re here in the earth.

#37 Grace is favor or kindness showed without regard to the merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves.

#38 Grace is one of the key attributes of God (Exodus 34:6). Grace is associated with mercy, love, compassion and patience.

#39 Grace manifests as patience. Patience is remaining the same as you were before the trouble showed up.

#40 It’s by faith that we receive grace (Romans 4:16).

 

About Grace #21-30

#21 Grace is God’s “staying power” (He keeps you standing strong, persevering and not falling or going backward).

#22 If God has called you to do something, then you have the power and ability to do it—not on your own, but by grace.

#23 Inheriting the promise is the outcome of faith and depends entirely on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor). Romans 4:16 AMP

#24 Grace and faith go together.

#25 Grace and Patience go together. God will give you grace and patience to inherit your promises, and to go through delays.

#26 One reason for delay in inheriting your promises is not stepping into grace (which leads to frustration). Frustration is a faith killer. You have to hold onto faith in order to inherit the promises of God.

#27 What God told you in the beginning, when the promise was first given, still stands.

#28 To enjoy grace is to enjoy favor.

#29 God, You shall arise and have mercy on Zion, for the time of favor has come (Psalms 102:13). The set time, the proper time, the due season to reap. Don’t faint. It’s the right time, your time.

#30 God has given you grace for the race He has for you to run. This grace was given in abundance and given freely.

 

About Grace #11-20

#11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalms 84:11

#12 Wisdom and Grace are connected. Wisdom will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you (Proverbs 4:9).

#13 Whatever task God has called you to do, He will give you the grace to accomplish it. Therefore no mountain, however high, can stand before Zerubbabel! For it will flatten out before him! And Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by grace alone. Zechariah 4:7

#14 And the child Jesus grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him. Notice that grace and wisdom is interconnected. Luke 2:40

#15 Jesus is the God of grace and truth (John 1:14,16). While He is gracious and merciful, He also shows us the truth about ourselves.

#16 Grace is not a license to sin (Jude 4), but rather grace is the empowerment to not sin.

#17 Grace (favor) and peace (shalom) be multiplied to you…He has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-3). Notice that grace and peace go together.

#18 Out of His (God’s) fullness, we have received abundance of grace…one grace after another, spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift. John 1:16, Amplified

#19 Grace gives you the inner strength to go through any situation, or season in your life, with composure and confidence.

#20 We have to enter into that grace by faith. Entering into grace is entering into God’s Sabbath rest.

About Faith #321-330

#321 The same faith that removes mountains moves us to obey God. You cannot be disobedient to God or the Word of God and have working faith.

#322 Vision is when you see it and others don’t. Faith is when you do it and others won’t. With vision and faith things can be done. Luci Swindoll

#323 The only word Satan respects is the Word of God when it is spoken and acted on. He is defeated and bound in chains by the authority of the Word of God. Jesus replied to the devil, “It is written …”

#324 God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe.

#325 Set the tone for each day by speaking words of faith over your future.

#326 Jesus said in John 10:10, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

#327 The beloved Apostle John said in 3 John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” Your health and financial prosperity greatly depend on the condition of the prosperity of your soul (mind, will, emotions and traditions).

#328 ASK. “Ask and it shall be given unto you.” The first step of faith is to ask God for what you want or need. You have not because you ask not (James 4:2).

#329 The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. If it’s full of faith, it will speak faith and words of life. If it’s full of hate, evil, fear or doubt, it will speak complaints, negative things and evil abusive words.

#330 God doesn’t ask you to figure it all out. He just asks you to believe.

About Faith #298-310

About Faith #298-310

#298 Faith opens the door to God’s promise for you. And patience keeps it open until that promise is fulfilled.

#299 There is nothing in your life that Jesus cannot restore. Just have faith and speak into existence your restoration. Joel 2:25

#300 Courage doesn’t come from an absence of fear, but an abundance of faith.

#301 God wants you well! God wants you prosperous! God wants you whole! Just have faith and call it into existence.

#302 I believe my miracle has already happened in the unseen realm, and my faith pulls it into the seen realm.

#303 Faith needs to be exercised, like a muscle. The more you walk in faith, the easier it gets to have faith. It builds momentum.

#304 When we train our brains to dwell on faith and not the negative kind of fear, we will change our attitudes and expectations from negative to positive.

#305 Speak life over your family, bodies, home, land, finances, ministry, pets. Positive results will happen.

#306 God does not move in your life when you struggle. He moves when you pray in faith.

#307 Fill your mouth with thanksgiving. Maintain a thankful attitude all the time. It will go a long way in undergirding faith and patience.

#308 Know who you are in Christ and your authority as a Believer. You are an overcomer.

#309 Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.”

#310 Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (or right way of living and doing things); and all these “things” (material things, or anything you need) shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33