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Jun19

Living in Hope – Die to Self and Clarify Your Hope

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Hope is both a motivator and a destination at the same time. It is what gets us up every day to work in jobs we sometimes disdain. We often only have a glimpse of this hope before we fall back into the mundane and day-to-day grind. Our ultimate hope is Jesus Christ because He fulfills both the daily process by living in us and He also invites us to an eternity with Him.

He is the ultimate hope, and a person who does not have this hope often pursues the wrong goals and outcomes. They live not knowing eternity, or they live in fear of the consequences.

AN ATTITUDE OF HOPE LEADS TO JOY

Having an attitude of hope will sustain and motivate us to make our lives count in eternity. We know that the Lord is in charge and we know the end of the story. We can only find this hope when we come to the end of our resources and our fleshly desires (this is called dying to self) and replace them with “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

“Born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

OBSERVATIONS ON HOPE

Here are some quick, high-level observations on hope –

- It is found in the character of God Himself and in His future.
- It provides a compelling picture that propels change. Your motivation is tied to your hope. Hope changes everything.
- It starts by saying “Thank You.” It’s Positive and realizes the possibility of all things. It doesn’t let fear or emotions drive or rule over you.
- It surrenders itself to do the right thing. It lets go of old patterns and embrace the new self.
- It doesn’t put trust in possessions, pleasure, or position, as they won’t last. It acts as a steward and is humble.

FIVE KEYS TO CLARIFYING OUR HOPE

  1. Hope is the reason for our living—it answers “why” we are here.

Worldly hope is wishful thinking, a feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best, such as the hope of winning. This hope is based on a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope. This hope places trust in or relies upon the finite and natural.

Biblical hope is a confident assurance. This hope is the reason for our faith, for our life. Hope is tied to a person, object or idea. This hope is based on the infinite and supernatural. Which hope do you possess?

  1. Hope is the motivation for our spiritual life and walk.

It encourages us to make the tough choices and live through hard circumstances. Hope comes from living out of my true identity in Christ.

  1. Hope is our anchor in the storm.

It is our foundation and is clarified in difficulty. “We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:3-5).

  1. Hope must be lived out and it results in faith. Hope is active, not passive.
  1. Examine what type of hope you possess.

»» True and better hope – This hope is founded on the character and nature of God. He is with us and we are not alone. He has our best interests at heart. God is growing, maturing, and conforming us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

»» Misplaced and wrong motives – This is the hope of saved people with a foot in two worlds. They are double minded as described in James 1.

»» Wrong hope – This is the hope of the world and lost people who are pursuing fame, riches, power, etc. In 1 Timothy 6:17, Paul commands those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

»» No hope – In 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Paul speaks of this hope or lack of hope: “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.”

As we know and grow in our true hope, we develop a more positive outlook and approach life with an attitude of possibility rather than being negative and raining on everyone’s parade. Positivity attracts others to us along with opportunities. We project our blessing and we will bless others in the process. Begin to practice seeing the good and the possibilities in every life situation whether it is good or bad.

BW

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“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7)

Life is full of ups and downs, encouragements and challenges, and the one thing that will help us not only survive but thrive is our attitude.

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“This book provides helpful tools relating to the key issues of growth in character, gratitude, generosity, and how to clarify our hope.“ - Dr. Kenneth Boa, Reflections Ministries

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