Last week we concluded a 2 part mini-series titled, “Standing at the Threshold: Of Unmet Expectations and New Hope”.
In looking at Ephesians 1:11-23, we learnt that there’s no way to deal with life until you deal with it’s challenges. Yet, there’s no way to deal with life’s challenges until you have
dealt with the concept of hope.
Therefore, as we head into 2014, one of the greatest resources for dealing with our present circumstances, is to clarify our ultimate view of our future. Christians call that our Hope. That then begs the question, how do we develop our hope in Jesus?
Here’s 3 brief insights to get us thinking…
God is like a spiritual tornado, you don’t take him up, He takes you up!
What could you do in 2014 to intentionally chase the great “Storm of Grace” that is God?
Interestingly, Paul doesn’t tell the Ephesians “how to hope” he prays for them!
It shows us that prayer is that connection between your believed in future (Hope) and present behaviour as a Christian. A light switch in itself has no power, but by using it, power comes into the room from the outside.
Prayer operates the same way in our lives.
Ephesians 1:13 said :
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
Experience often flows from the truth, but rarely does truth flow from experience. The heart of Christian hope is not the experience that comes with truth but the truth behind the experience.
How will you mediate on, reflect on and wrestle with God’s truth through the Bible?