Posted by UcheIkpa on Jul 12, 2012.

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Hope in Times of Fear

Hope is what keeps Christian believers a life – the same as faith. They are favorable to each other. In the darkest times of life, like in the times we live in: when tragedies, trials and struggles of not having a job, you can’t pay your rent; you can’t send your child to school; or some other problems overwhelm or crush you, we resort to hope in expectation that tomorrow will bring change. Hope then eliminates fear.

What does hope mean?

The Greek word is elpis, meaning favorable and confident expectation.

Hope also means:

• expectation
• anticipation
• foresee
• look forward to
• believe
• promise
• expect
• longing and desire

1 Where does the believer base his or her hope on?

The believer’s hope is based on the coming of Jesus Christ. I John 3:3
The Scripture says:

“Behold, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be, we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.”

As children of God, the hope of seeing Jesus purifies us- that expectation and longing keep the believer pure, waiting for something we have not seen and still in the future.
First Corinthians 15:19 says: “If in this life only we have hope, we are all men most miserable.” Because we know our hope exceeds far beyond this life and its material allurements, lusts, traps and desires, we hope for the coming of Christ. Our hope is strongly based on what Jesus did for us on the cross, and the expectation of His Second coming. A song writer says:

“My hope is built on nothing else
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other grounds is sinking sound
All other grounds is sinking sand

When darkness hides his smiling face
I rest on his on changing grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the vale
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand”

2 Hope triumphs life’s struggles:

Hebrews 6:18&19 talks about the hope set before us: the promise of His second coming.
“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast which entereth into that within the veil.” ‘This hope set before us is a promise from God can’t lie.’ ‘The word of God stands for ever.’ This hope is our anchor against the storms of life. It does not matter what besets the believer, or what the trial is:

• You have no job
• You have lost all in storms
• You don’t have a child
• You can’t send your child to school because of financial problems
• You are sick and dying
• You need healing
• Your child is not doing well
• You are lonely and need help
• You are a student and don’t know how to pay your tuition
• You are living in sin or a backslider ad don’t know what to do

Whatever the situation is:
We have an anchor that keeps the soul. You will not be defeated and vanquished because your hope is anchored on God. Some how, the Lord will give you a miracle because you have hope-favorable expectation. A song writer asks:

“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain
Will your anchor drift or firm remain
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows role
Fasting to the rock which cannot move
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love”

Our hope is anchored on the Lord Jesus Christ, and this gives us victory in every areas of our lives as believers in Jesus Christ. Romans 8:35&37 says:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution, or farmine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all of these things, we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

When you lose your hope, you become hopeless, and that has drastic consequences. You can’t afford to do that as a child of God. You can’t have your hope on people no matter how powerful they are; not on your politicians or spiritual leaders, or corporations, or any human being. Your hope must always be on God’s word and promises based on His coming back to take the believer to heaven. This favorable expectation keeps the believer pure and untainted with evil and sin. That is why the song writer says”

“When he shall came with trumpet sound
O may I then in Him be found
Clothed in his righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before thy throne
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand."

The believer's hope is based on His second coming: He comes for a Church without sport or wrinkle; and this keeps the believer in that strong expectation that rejects compromise; makes the believer pure and holy; and destroys the forces of darkness and Satanic attacks that block the believer’s blessings until the Lord comes back.

A poem on hope written by the writer:

Hope

You are soft like a bed
I nestle on your cushions
When the waves crush like an earthquake
When my eyes are dim with longing
When I can hardly understand myself
When I don’t know what to do
I rest on your vast and secure arms
Sometimes, you are illusive
Sometimes, you are untouchable
And I wonder where you are
Yet, you are stability
I forfeit my stature without you
I crumble without you
With you there is another day
With you I wait another day
Until there is no another day