The apostle Paul prayed some pretty powerful prayers and the New Testament records not a few of them. One of his prayers in his epistle to the church in Ephesus is quite noteworthy. The one we are about to share requires that you be sitting down with your seatbelt fastened. Are you ready?
Here goes: by the way, this is from the Amplified Version of the Bible:
And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), Ephesians 1:18
Dear one, this Vlog is for YOU!
Hello friend and welcome to 5 Minutes of Hope.
Today’s topic is: Knowing and Cherishing the Hope.
The Bible tells us that we see through a glass darkly.
BOY, is THAT the truth. Some things … we just don’t see a clear picture of … and … we NEED to have the very center and core of our being … ILLUMINATED … so that the truth is brought out into the light, and we see it for what it truly is.
Where HOPE resides … FEAR, DOUBT, WORRY, PANIC, and ANXIETY … have NO welcome mat here!
Go ahead and LET them herald the bad and depressing news.
OUR hope is in Jesus Christ, the Rock of our salvation!
Let deception and deceit run rampant and wickedly wild.
OUR hope is in Jesus Christ, our strong and mighty tower!
Let whomsoever may say what they will about us and our faith.
OUR hope is in Jesus Christ, our Rock, our Sword, our Shield!
♫ My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus name.
– Edward Mote
Paul prayed: that we would KNOW and CHERISH the hope.
The Hope: the divine guarantee
The Hope: the confident expectation
Heartbreak, pain, and loss are all too common in our hearts today, dear friend. But there is coming a day … when there will be:
NO … MORE heartaches!
NO … MORE sickness!
NO … MORE suffering!
♫ No more crying there, we are going to see the King! No more dying there, we are going to see the King! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We are going to see the King! – Andraé Crouch
Our hope is NOT in creation but IN the Creator!
Our hope is NOT in the constellations but IN the Christ!
Our hope is NOT in fairies, pixies, gnomes, goblins, gremlins, and hobgoblins but in JESUS CHRIST, the Son of the LIVING God!
Our hope is NOT in a set of regulations and rules but IN the Ruler of the universe!
Our hope is where we hang our hearts that one day … in heaven … we will have what we hope for down here!
Mighty God, help us to know and to cherish the hope we have in You. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we pray. Amen
Friend, may you be FILLED with hope today and share it with others.