This is the first week of Advent. And the theme for this week is Hope.

Hope is a key ingredient for human life. When we are hopeless, we find ourselves destitute and in despair. How does Jesus provide hope for us?

Here are a few scriptures to meditate on that show us where our hope lies... (we will pursue this more next Sunday):

1)      Hope that God has and will accomplish the work of our salvation

John 8:34 36– “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

2)      Hope for our current healing and transformation by the spirit

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 – “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

3)      Hope in a future resurrection (life after death)

I Corinthians 15:19-23 - If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him

4)      Hope in Jesus’s ability to work in and through us, his chosen people

Ephesians 1:11 - In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory

Eph. 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

These are just a few... (we also have hope in the providence of God, in his timing, in his overarching purposes, etc...)

But of the three, I have listed, which one stands out as the one you need the Spirit to reinforce in your thoughts? Take time to meditate on the scripture I provided to see if the Spirit will give you renewed hope in that area.

Grace & Peace,
Brad Swope

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