Three Little Words
Theme of the Week: The Life-Changing Power of Hope
Friday, August 8, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen." (Matthew 28:6)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 28:1-10
Hope is more than just an emotion. Feelings come and go. Wishing is not hope. Positive thinking is not hope. Goal setting is not hope.
Hope is a forward-facing confidence. Maybe you've been in some places or gone through some years where the best view is in the rearview mirror. But hope has no hindsight. We never hope backward. We always hope forward.
Hope is not blind optimism. Hope is not shorthand for some sort of Pollyanna, close-your-eyes-and-pretend-that-everything-is-fine attitude. Think of the guy who fell off the top of a 20-story building. Halfway down, someone yelled out the window, "How are you doing?" The guy falling said, "So far, so good."
The Christian church believes that [genuine, lasting] hope is available because God raised his Son. The same power that defeated death can give you power to live. It can raise a dead dream. It's the power to let go of guilt. It's the power to begin again. It's the power to bounce back from a broken heart. It's the power to become what you were meant to be in the first place.
"He is risen." Those three words signal the death of defeat—for you, for me, for everyone.
—Ray Johnston in The Hope Quotient
My Response: I will reflect on the hope I have for day-to-day living because of the Resurrection.
Thought to Apply: The future is as bright as the promises of God.—Adoniram Judson (missionary)
Adapted from The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston (Thomas Nelson, 2014; thomasnelson.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, I pray for people in my life who are drowning in discouragement. Show me how I might reach out to them and offer them hope for a better tomorrow and a better eternity.
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