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The Gift of HOPE

I’ve been noticing Christian friends who have faith that is more real and personal than mine. I know the “correct” Bible verses, but they live a closer walk with Jesus. I have learned my faith is more real when I follow these disciplines.

 God Loves You …John 3:16

Receive His Forgiveness…Matthew 7:8

Invite Others…2 Corinthians 5:20

Pray to God; Apply His Word; Abide in Him…John 15:7

 I felt challenged recently when I realized the Bible repeatedly states, “my hope is in the Lord; our hope is in His word; and have the hope of eternity.” I asked, “How can a person with severe depression possibly live with the hope expressed throughout God’s word?”

After meditating on this for a couple of months God helped me prepare this two-sided card to summarize His answer. I cannot “muster up” enough hope by changing my attitude. Instead, hope, like faith and trust, is a gift. They are given to those who believe in Jesus. God proved His love when He came in a manger, lived, died, and overcame the grave. I need to let go and trust Him, rather than trying to figure everything out with my own understanding.

HopeCard

 MERRY!.....HAPPY!….does it seem shallow this year?

What about HOPE? It sounds impossible - school shootings, national debt, fiscal cliff, tax increases, unemployment, foreclosures, Benghazi, Iran, personal challenges. Who can generate that much HOPE?

I think it is time to let go and trust God; rather than leaning on our own understanding.
(See Proverbs 3:5)

Real HOPE, like FAITH, JOY, PEACE and TRUST, is a gift to believers in Jesus.
MERRY CHRISTMAS…accept God’s gift of HOPE.
Pass it on to friends and family…HAPPY  HOLIDAYS!


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