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Hope Redefined

From: Unstuck: Your Life. God's Design. Real Change.

By: Arnie Cole and Michael Ross


Today's passage

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

Revelation 21:3-4


Reflect

-What causes me to feel hopeless at times?

-Do I really feel like God dwells with me, right in the midst of the grit and sin of my life?

-How can I really find this place of hope in my heart?


Sometimes when we read these promises from God, we understand them in an intellectual sense but miss the truth of the promises in our hearts. These promises about a rich eternal life that will happen someday feel far away, but we wonder about right now, about our present circumstances and hardships. Is God with me in the here and now? The truth is, God gives us hope today, for the moment we are living right now. Remember what Jesus told the disciples at the Great Commission: "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). Not just someday. But right now.


Respond

Ask for change: Lord, help me remember that Your hope is with me always.

Consider what's real: Think about the bigness of God, the fact that He goes before you and follows you from behind, protecting you on all sides, laying His hands on you and guiding you toward a deeper, more fulfilling life with Him.

Additional verses to consider: Matthew 28:16-20


Reference 1:

Matthew 28:20

Reference 2:

Matthew 28:16-20

Reference 3:

Revelation 21:3-4

Reference 4:

Revelation 21:1-4



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