Roots of Hope

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“The root of Jesse will spring up one who will arise to rule over the nations; in Him the Gentiles will hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:12-13

We however do not always overflow in hope. So often we place our hope and trust in what isn’t real. We read things, watch things and absorb so much “stuff” in our daily lives that we have somehow lost the hope of God that is deeply rooted in us.

So what is hope?? It is a desire for something good in the future and when we express hope, we are expressing uncertainty. But this is not the distinctive biblical meaning of hope. Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future, but with confidence Biblical Hope expects it to happen. What are the elements of this kind of hope?

~ Biblical Hope is faith that begins as a seed that is planted in us. It is a desire based on a promise from God. If we plant this seed into the soil of our hearts and if the soil is nourished, it will take root and bring forth a harvest of faith.

We must have hope to live in hope. To not have hope is to despair and in Christ, we are delivered from despair. How many of you are familiar with Anne of Green Gables? In the beginning of the movie, Anne laments that she is in the depths of despair. Her guardian Murilla Cuthbert quickly tells her that “to despair is to turn your back on God”. Whenever I remember that quote I always say to myself, “but to have hope is to embrace God”.

Hope is the seed that Jesus planted in us. Hope has been deeply rooted in us through the Holy Spirit and allows us to embrace God when we find ourselves in the “depths of despair”. When hope takes root and eventually blossoms, our despair will turn to hope. We will embrace the seed planted in us through God’s living and abiding Word. We will see our hope overflow – fresh and new every day.

~ Biblical Hope influences the way we live. What sustained Joseph through all the trials he experienced? He was rejected by his brothers, sold into slavery, lied about by Potiphar’s wife, unjustly thrown in prison. Many of you know the story. Life got pretty unfair for Joseph. What kept him going? What kept him faithful to God? HOPE gave Joseph revelation of what can be and Joseph grabbed hold of God’s plan for his life and hung on. What is God’s plan for your life and are you hanging on? There is nothing like fulfilling God’s plan for our life. God’s possibilities set before us are limitless!

~ Biblical Hope is heaven-sent. The hope that is not of this world will never disappoint you and can’t be taken away that is heaven-sent hope. Real hope is a gift from God. The words of the prophet Isaiah found their fulfillment in a babe born in a manger. Our hope was sent from heaven; real hope has a name; His name is Jesus! Jesus is our hope!

Hear the first verse of the hymn, “The Solid Rock” – “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame but holy lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

~ Biblical Hope must be received personally. Notice the words of the song do not say, “Our hope,” but “MY HOPE.” Until you and I choose to accept God’s gift of hope found only through His Son Jesus, we live in this world without hope.
God doesn’t give us an empty hope; our hope does indeed overflows! The supply of hope is not going to diminish or come up short. Heaven sent hope is always more than enough!

In verse 13 of the Romans passage, Paul says as we trust in the God of hope we will “overflow with hope” (NIV), in the Message bible it states, “God will fill us so full we “brim over with hope”.

Has life thrown you a curve-ball and struck you out?

Are you having a hard time finding any silver lining around all your grey clouds?

Has work become drudgery?

Do you have too much month left at the end of your money?

Trust God and allow Him to pour His hope into your life. God won’t just give you enough for today. God won’t leave you needing more. God will cause hope to overflow within your life as you become God’s Living Hope for the world to see. Again, from the Message translation, “We will brim over in Hope”.

When life confronts you with hard times you can either let your circumstances get you down or you can rise above the circumstances with Biblical HOPE. Let this hope give you the endurance and strength to keep on keeping on. Don’t give up; the hope that God offers will see you through!

May Biblical Hope take root in your soul ~

May it overflow in your life ~

And may the Living, Honest, Patient, Sustaining, and Eternal Hope you have found deeply nourish the lives you touch.

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About Patty B

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18 Responses to Roots of Hope

  1. joecruzmn says:

    Great Post Patty. I am Putting This Up on mynew website Thesechristiantimes.com

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  3. A message full of Hope Patty and one that has good roots that will bring forth Blossoms. As you shared, “Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future, but with confidence Biblical Hope expects it to happen”…..

    This is so True regardless of the Storms we face in life we have a greater Hope that nothing can shake because we have a Hope in a Loving God who will never let us down, He knows those who are His and we can rest always in His assurance, that He will perfect us in His Love, we will be conformed into the image of Jesus, not just a reflection of Him or a likeness but His image.

    Yes we need God’s roots to go deep down into our Souls and not the roots of doubt and sin (see link below)

    Weeds- http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/does-our-garden-have-weeds/
    Thank you Patty so pleased I found your Posts.

    Christian Love – Anne.

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    • Patty B says:

      Thank you for deep thoughts – I appreciate your comments, they truly come from God. Our roots do indeed need to go down deep and the only way is to remain in God’s word and by doing so we will destroy the sins of doubt and fear.

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  4. LubbyGirl says:

    I’ve been looking for good devotions for our morning prayer time before we start work for the day. I think I’ll print this one out for tomorrow morning.

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    • Patty B says:

      You are so sweet – I am thankful to God for His words and that they have encouraged you. I have a lot to tell you so hopefully tomorrow I will be coming straight home from work and will shoot you an email…all good! 😉

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  5. AmyRose says:

    What a wonderful post, Patty. How this world needs Hope, and even those who cling to God do loose Hope when life just continues to bat the hard balls. That’s been my life for over 17 months, nonstop hardballs. This summer despair came in, and then only way I am saving myself from that pit, is reading Holy Scripture. And then clinging to that. Let’s just say I really enjoyed your post and I really thank you. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  6. Excellent post, Patty. It seems it’s to easy to lose hope and then harder to find my way back. Thanks for the reminder. Sheri

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  8. Great post Patty, this is so encouraging and needed at this time in my life. Thanks for sharing.

    Be Blessed!

    LaTrice

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  9. Beautiful post Patty, as always xoxo

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