Encouragement of Hope
“For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.” Psalm 71:5
When your hope is in God and His Word, your view of life totally changes. What are the benefits of hope? Hope gives the believer encouragement, enjoyment, restoration, a solution to problems, motivation, leads to godly living, boldness for witnessing and evangelizing.
Hope enables the believer to face suffering with assurance. Hope also assures believers of their heavenly inheritance and to face death with confidence of an eternal dimension with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hope in a believer knows God's love, patience, compassion, His grace and mercy.
Godly hope encourages trust, belief in truth, repentance, self-denial, humility, thankfulness, prayerfulness, watchfulness, forgiveness towards others, hospitality, generosity, kindness, gentleness, unselfishness. There is hope for the sanctity of life, courage, always forward looking and being positive.
Hope gives a desire to the believer to walk with God and obey His will, and encourages a strong stand against evil as well as confident, victorious spiritual warfare.
Hope evaluates priorities; putting God first, living by His Word, preferring God's way instead of sinful advice, waiting rather than being impetuous, choosing to be creative instead of laziness and putting true riches above all earthly wealth, including anything that is temporal.
Who is a believer? A believer is a person who has gone to Jesus Christ and confessed his sin and his inability to save himself. He understands that salvation is a gift from God and not something to be merited through good works. He recognizes that Jesus Christ died in his stead on Calvary and by that death bore his condemnation. He has asked Jesus Christ to forgive his sins and to be the Lord of His life. [Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:9,10; John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9]