Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hope against Hope

18 In hope he (Abraham) believed against hope,..... 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. - Rom 4 v 18 & 20 -21

I wish that I could say that I have never distrusted the promises of God but I can't.
Delay has caused be to doubt.
Circumstances has caused me concern.
Criticism has caused me to question.

It frustrates me how quickly I allow the oldest sin to find a root in my heart: "Did God say....?"

My faith has be come just hope. In the same way that I "hope" that Aberdeen will win a football match. (Not much hope).

My hope must die and be born again as Peter describes in his letter as "living hope".

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who according to his great mercy has begotten us anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" - 1 Peter 1:3

John Piper has said that:

  • Living hope is full assurance, or strong confidence that God is going to do good to us in the future.
  • Living hope is a strong confidence in God which has power to produce changes in how we live.
So today I choose LIVING hope rather than just hope.


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