What is H.O.P.E. ?
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” Psalm 39:7
I must always remember that: God is committed; (via His promises) - TO me.
He has made a covenant - WITH me.
His love has provided a covering - FOR me.
Therefore when I understand the word HOPE – I can affirm that I Am:
Holding on – Optimistically Pressing….Expecting!
To further explain:
H – Holding on
I’m Affixing ….(with the tenacity and the grip of a mad bulldog); my every desire, concern and request to the alignment of God’s word.
“Therefore be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” I Corinthians 15:58
O - Optimistically
I’m remaining confident. I’m refusing to permit fear, doubt and unbelief to intervene. I’m not speaking any negative words… nor permitting anyone else to clutter my space with the same.
“And this is the confidence that we have in Him….” I John 5:14
P - Pressing
I’m pursuing; pushing through and against every obstacle that is attempting to cause me to disbelieve the promises of God.
“And we pull down reasonings and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and we take all minds prisoner to the obedience of The Messiah.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
E – Expecting
I’m awaiting; believing; and in excited anticipation of something that I haven’t seen the manifestation of – yet.
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” 2 Corinthians 4:8
So, it doesn’t matter how the circumstances may appear; nor the opinions of others nor the evidence which is stacked against me……
“I am Holding on, Optimistically, Pressing…Expecting” God to bring into manifest the benefits of every seed that I’ve sown; which is ready to be harvested.
“I am Holding on, Optimistically, Pressing…Expecting” to see a change in the lives of my unsaved and uncommitted loved ones - in response to the prayers that have been prayed on their behalf.
“I am Holding on, Optimistically, Pressing…Expecting” God to use me in a fashion that I have not previously known.
Lastly, “I am Holding on, Optimistically, Pressing…Expecting” God to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that I could ever ask, think, or imagine……and to do it through His power that is at work within me!
And HOPE maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5