HOPE study – Where are we?

I began this study being prompted by the Holy Spirit with the word “HOPE”.  I was so comforted because as I see the world getting darker and in greater chaos and fear, I felt I needed some encouragement and hope….and ability to share that hope with others.  I was expecting a study on what we can hope for in this earth today.

I knew from Matthew 6: 24-34 that Yeshua Jesus encourages us to hope in our Father for what we NEED on earth in this life…that the Father will provide.  And I am also solid in the hope that He will never leave me or forsake me, but rather help me to be an overcomer in Him….thus helping me through every circumstance and situation.

Yet, in the beginning of this HOPE study, I was also thinking about hope for earthly comforts, pleasures, finances, health, protection, the world to repent and get better…or maybe hopes for our children and grandchildren….or the salvation of lost people for whom we pray?  How do I set my hopes in these things?  Are they assured hopes or just desires of my heart?  When I pray, how solid can I really hope that what I pray is what will be?

But SURPRISE!  That is not the study of HOPE where the Spirit led me.  Maybe those subjects will come later, I do not know.  Instead, I was reminded of Matthew 6: 19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  And also Hebrews 1:1, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for the conviction of things NOT SEEN.”  That sounds to me like spiritual things.

The Holy Spirit reminded me to always start at the Rock foundation in Matthew 5.  That foundation is Yeshua Jesus. He is our Hope and the Source of all HOPE.  Yeshua Jesus is the Word in the flesh (John 1:1-4)…so the Word of God also being our foundation.  So, I was led to our HOPE of salvation in Him.  And that led to our HOPE in His Word. And that led to our HOPE in His righteousness.

I am so overwhelmed in what I am learning in these areas, that it is difficult for me to know what to share in short messages!  I must have at least a dozen messages written that I have not yet shared.  I thought I had the basic subjects of salvation and righteousness pretty much figured out….but now I see that some of what I had been taught and assumed to be correct had some distortion in it.  I had thought I was fairly mature in my walk with God and His Word, only to now find that I am just beginning to walk…with much stumbling!  I am carefully taking some time to sort this all out according to God’s Word and with the help of the Holy Spirit.  I thought it best to step back and bring all these things together in order to prevent confusion on my part or yours.

So hold on tight, this may be a really amazing ride into truth with many new discoveries (revelations) ahead…as we learn to walk in the light and spirit of Christ!  Truly that is such high HOPE!

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