Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1-3(TPT)
What makes your heart beat? What are you passionately excited about in the long run? When everything around you goes down to hell what keeps you going?? What makes you want to hold on to? Hope. This four letter word makes the difference between life and death. The dead cannot hope.
If hope is gone, the soul is tossed to and fro seeking safe harbor.
Hope brings about faith and peace. The bible describes hope like this- hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have? So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfillment. Romans 8:24-35 (TPT)
Everyone has a hope, some call it a dream or a God given promise. God given dreams or promises are characterised by them benefiting others and no oneself, although when given God tends to highlight the part that appeals to our fantasies. We have already discussed this in the blog post titled His heart’s desire . This promises are what we hold on to in the tough times, they keep us going. In the bible, there are so many heroes of faith who suffered atrocious violence, chief among them being, Christ Jesus. He went through the worst tragic death in human history and what empowered Him to go through it was a hope, a promise. He focused His heart on this promise and it enabled Him to endure and come out of it successfully and now is sitted at the place of honor and glory on the right hand of God.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
For Christ The Passion Translation in Hebrews 12: 2 reveals that Jesus’s hope was the joy of knowing that you would be His. This enabled Him to endure the agony of the cross and its humiliation. I wonder what your hope is?
Just recently I have been in a tough spot and for some reasons, the dreams that God once spoke and confirmed to me didn’t intrigue me at all. Not that they are bad or boring, it was just that for some reason, it wasn’t fulfilling the need within me, that seemed eternal. So I wallowed in hopelessness and despair and life seemed like an endless painful existence. I started dreading the next day before even morning reached, I questioned God and His intentions, I even faithlessly asked Him who He is accountable to. I knew He was always in control, but I never trusted His heart or intentions for my life. I judged Him based on my past and questioned why I should even trust Him with my future.The enemy’s voice was dominant in my head dumping ice buckets on the burning passion I once had for the Lord. I felt empty and alone, despite the fact that I could somehow sense His presence. What a Faithful God❤.
Naturally, medicate all my hurts, pains and emotions, a general rejection from family and friends fueled me to to unhealthy addictions from people pleasing and pornography. However, since I got to know Jesus Christ and have an intimate relationship with Him, these addictions were severed by Him, Hallelujah!!! He set me free completely!!! Indeed who the Son sets free is free indeed.
Now that I am walking in freedom I cannot go back, medicating on this things, I thought to myself. This reminds me of what God said about the Israelites when they left Egypt,:-
So it happened, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war [that is, that there will be war], and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea... Exodus 13:17-18 (AMP)
It is very easy to go back to the familiar because freedom comes with responsibility and it demands more than bondage.Dr. Myles Monroe
I sobbed and cried, day by day ranting to God about my predicament, narrating the extremities of all I had to live with and questioning His goodness in my life. I felt like a leftover child, that God would only step in to help when in dire need. The general theme of my life then was summarised into a long consistently painful life with a little gracious distraction, only to return to my misery. I was hopeless and suicidal. When I write that hope is the difference between life, bondage and death, I’ve lived it out and I know what this means.
She did not [seriously] consider her future.Therefore she has come down [from throne to slavery] in an astonishing manner;She has no comforter. Lamentations 1:9 (AMP)
I describe Hope as a preview of the future. Without it there is no motivation to live today or tomorrow. As me, all this hopelessness came to end through a vision from the Holy Spirit. In the vision I was dining with the Lord, we were sitted facing each other with a table between us. I was constantly looking down complaining and crying, I didn’t focus on the Lord not one bit, I focused on all my continuous problems problems until from the corner of my eyes I looked up and saw His hands. The huge holes on them gripped my heart with dread this because He has to live with those forever.
I thought. Surely my continuous evidence of abuse is nothing compared to what He suffered. Just as we are encouraged to consider all that He went through, I did but this time in light of eternity. The fact that Jesus Christ will forever bear those wounds that He never deserved changed my mind about suffering innocently for something you never did deserve. He truly is like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, not even ten thousand men could measure up to His worth. Jesus is amazing, and no words could ever fit the description of His love for us. He dis give up His deity status as God, humbled Himself to take human form and in obedience He died the worst kind of death, just so we could share eternity with Him. He still and forever will bear those holes not only on His hands but also on His feet, this is the greatest romance, The love of God our Saviour.
Because of Him I found hope. He is my hope. The older I get I slowly begin to realise only He understands me like no one ever could and that He truly loves me passionately. My prayer today and everyday is that we to grow in intimacy with Him and that during the hard times in life, to especially lean on Him trusting and depending on Him. I pray that our passion for Him never fades away that it only grows stronger through the trials and that our life glorifies Him, to all that encounter our presence, even through this platform. I pray that He forever remains the beat of not only my heart but also yours. I pray this Heavenly Father in Jesus Christ name. Amen!!!
...[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity]
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Fasten me upon your heart
as a seal of fire forevermore.
This living, consuming flame
will seal you as my prisoner of love.
My passion is stronger
than the chains of death and the grave,
all consuming as the very flashes of fire
from the burning heart of God.
Place this fierce, unrelenting fire
over your entire being.
Rivers of pain and persecution
will never extinguish this flame.
Endless floods will be unable
to quench this raging fire that burns within you.
Everything will be consumed.
It will stop at nothing
as you yield everything to this furious fire until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore.
If a man would offer all the riches
of his house for love,
It would be utterly scorned and despised.