The Power of Hope


page 18 middleMargaret (Peggy) Kannaday
707 Torrey Pines Lane
Fort Mill, SC 29715
803 500 1267
lkannaday@gmail.com
Hope is Key to a Healthy Mind and Life
We know that it is impossible to please God if we do not have “faith”.
What is faith? Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. In short, without hope; there could be no faith.
Why? Because faith is based on the content of what the person is hoping to experience or attain. Hope is a required prerequisite to activate God’s power in your life.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, and a hopeless person is very sad, depressed and ill. We must keep our hope strong at all costs.
Christians are so blessed because they all have the hope of their salvation. They know that this life is just a vapor, and then we move onward and upward to a glorious life with The Lord Jesus Christ.
A Christian should never feel hopeless on a continual basic because we have the Word of God. We gain hope from reading God’s wonderful promises every day.
Faith is dependent on having hope, and it also comes through hearing the Word of God. Hearing the Word of God produces hope in our hearts and minds.
We need the Word of God as our daily food. When we focus on God’s Words; we can be totally free from heaviness, sadness and depression.
There is Christ’s life in the Words of God. The power of The Holy Spirit manifests Himself as we read, study and live by The Word of God.
Many people are losing hope in the world system, the church, the leaders in every area of society. This is alright because when we lose hope in the world system and in everything around us; it can be the start of our putting out total hope and trust in Jesus Christ.

When our hope is in salvation; our hope will never be deferred. Jesus Christ has already paid the price on the cross. Our salvation has already been paid for, and it is fully complete.
Our salvation includes, eternal life with God, healings, blessings, deliverance and a blessed life. Our hope is secure when we put it in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.
Our family, friends, jobs, and other things in our lives may at times fail us, and many Christians will fall away from their faith before the Lord Jesus returns.
Many times in the history of the prophets before us; they were left all alone and without any friend. Jesus Himself was abandoned by many of His disciples, and He said that He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him.
In short, what kept Jesus from turning away from the cross was the hope that He held on to concerning the future He would have with His beloved Father.
It is the same with all of us. We Christians are being persecuted for Christ’s sake on a daily basis these days, but we can say along with Job, “Though He slay me; yet will I trust (and have hope) in Him”.
No matter what happens in our lives; we know that our Lord Jesus has been through much worse, and He has prepared the way for us to go through many afflictions, and He will deliver us out of them all.
So many people, even Christians are under attack to become hopeless. They are being bombarded with bad news 24/7. We must counteract these very bad news reports with the Word of God.
If all we hear daily is negative and very hopeless; we can easily become lethargic and down mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We must balance all of the bad disinformation and news with The Truth of The Word of God.
Because so many people are depressed in America, on drugs, on alcohol, and who are hooked on gambling and other vices; we must fight to live the victorious Christian life.
When we fight the negative with Bible reading, prayer and praise; we will not go too low into heaviness. We must pray to have the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Having a hope-filled heart and speaking out words of thankfulness and praise fight off all hopeless feelings. God Himself inhabits the praises of His people.
When we are grateful to God for our very breath and our salvation; it will produce a wonderful hope in our heats for the future. No matter how difficult our present condition is; we can always have our hope for the future when we walk faithfully with Jesus Christ daily.
The closer we stay with The Lord; the most blessed we will be, and the most we can bless others. Paul and Silas were praising God after they were beaten and put in a filthy prison in chains. God gave them an earthquake and a supernatural way of escape out of their bondage. He will do the same for His people today.
If you can have hope when your situation seems hopeless; you will always be a winner. You will overcome the current situation by focusing on the future hope that is in Jesus Christ and His glorious salvation.
I pray that The Lord will give you the wonderful hope of salvation which will keep you safely. King James Bible
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thes. 5.8)
The protection of our minds; is the Helmet entitled “The Hope of Salvation”. It provides a guard against all negative thoughts and hopelessness.
When the movie, “The Passion” was shown all over the world; the masses of people went to see it because they knew it was about Jesus Christ. However, it was not complete because the movie left out the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; the story has a very sad ending. However, all of those who know The Lord Jesus Christ have the knowledge and promise of The Resurrection. Our lives have been renewed, revived, and we will be resurrected in the future.
We have the greatest future and hope because of Jesus’ victory over the grave and over death.
Our hope is in “He is Risen” . He is no longer in the tomb because He is Risen Indeed, and He sits at the right hand of God, The Father.
He is there interceding for His people night and day. When we pray; His resurrection power can flow through our mortal bodies to bring new life, new love and new hope for each one of us.
My prayer for you,
Dear Father, Please fill these innocent ones with Your love, joy, peace, faith and the hope of salvation. Please bless them with your helmet of salvation so that they can live with You for all eternity in Jesus Christ’s Name.
Peggy Kannaday is a Freelance Writer in Fort Mill, SC.
lkannaday@gmail.com, 803 500 1267
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