T’is the Season to be Hopeful

Many are celebrating the Christmas season for various reasons. Some see it as a time to vacate from work and hibernate from the cares of life.  Others enjoy buying gifts and sharing their euphoric bliss.  Others see it as a time to serve as humanitarians and feed the hungry and clothe the less fortunate.Indeed it is a time that we commemorate our Savior’s birth.  The true essence of this time is to be hopeful.  According to W.E. Vine, hope is defined as a favorable and confident expectation.  It has to do with the unseen and the future and describes the happy anticipation of good. ( Vine’s Dictionary)   Jeremiah said it best in Jeremiah 29:11“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT) That was in the Old Covenant.  It did not change in the New Covenant.  The writer of Romans said in Chapter 8 and verses 24-25, “But we are saved by hope but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for.  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (KJV)

   We should keep hope alive and share it with others we encounter.  You may never know when one has lost hope and is on the brink of giving up and wanting to end it all.  We must encourage others that there is something bigger and something better.  God is not limited to our expectations.  His is far greater and vast. He is not only able but willing to do exceedingly abundantly above more than what we can ask or think according to the power that works in us.  Ephesians 3:20. It works in us: Christ is in us.  He is our hope of glory.  He is the Lord God strong and mighty.  When we feel as though our strength is depleted, we have to remember His all-powerful spirit is working in us.  It is not by our own might but by His spirit.  We can relinquish control.

   If you are reading this blog, my prayer for you is that you will come into a greater awareness of our heavenly Fathers love toward you.  He has a design for your and my life.  Sometimes we can deter from his perfect will but He being a good Father waits for us to run back in his arms just to reaffirm His love for us all over again.  It is his pleasure to give us abundant life.  Life that consist of eternal treasures that will not fade away like his love, joy and peace.  Things that we can buy are temporal.  So, in this Christmas season purpose to thank Him for giving His Son to die for us that we may live.  If you have not received Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, then ask Him to forgive you of your sins and come into your life as Lord and Savior.  He so loved the world that He left heaven to exemplify his nature as man.  He experienced what you and I experience and yet lived to please the Father.  If you have already received Him , then purpose to thank Him for who He is to  you when the enemy wants to steal your joy and peace.  Proclaim His goodness!  Delight yourself in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Share your HOPE with another.  Seek out the destitute and the dejected and share with them.  It is difficult to complain and be thankful at the same time. May you and your loved ones have a prosperous hopeful season.