Maintaining Your Hope (Jeremiah 29:11) by Maxwell Antwi

Maintaining Your Hope (Jeremiah 29:11) by Maxwell Antwi

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

     This is when the people of Israel were being held in captivity for a long time; the word of God came to Jeremiah that God will let them see the expectation which they desire and long for. He will give them the hope of their faith which He has promised and will be for good to them. And so it will happen in our lives. None of us know the full and final answer to our suffering. God may not reveal the reason of our problems, but He asks us to believe that every one of them has a purpose to work out for our own good. We who know and love the Lord have this blessed hope. Life is like a race that we are running and the end of the race is not just Death but it will just carry us across the threshold into everlasting life. What a glorious hope!! We do not know what the future holds for us in this life but we know who holds the future and He has revealed to us that in Him there is hope. One day our problems will be behind us and we’ll be welcomed through the gate of heaven where Christ Jesus is our eternal hope.

Three things can help us maintain our hope through Christ that strengthens us:

·         Through Christ the overcomer

·         Through righteousness and affirmation 

·         Through faith

I. Through Christ the overcomer (1 Peter 1:3)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

     Peter the apostle begins to build up a picture of the spiritual wealth of his readers (you and me) a wealth that remains secure for us despite all tests and indignities. By Christ’s power we can overcome our trials. He uses the occasion of the rising of Lazarus from the dead to give this teaching. His words to Martha at that time are words that bring comfort and hope to every believer in this generation. He said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. (John 11:25-26) “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”

II. Through righteousness and affirmation

You cannot maintain your hope without living in righteousness. The Bible says “the name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run to it and they are saved.” “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” Affirmation or confession is very important in maintaining our hope. The person who sees only the problems of life and talks about them constantly, is bound to be fearful and discouraged. But the person who recognizes God’s power to help him in every circumstance, the many blessings and good things God has done in his life, will have hope even in the most difficult circumstances. The Bible tells us to rejoice in our trials and in our difficulties so that our faith may be proved genuine and may result in praise when Christ Jesus is revealed (1 Peter 1:6-7). When I think of the goodness of God and all the promises He has given us in his Word, my hope grows stronger that I can be victorious in any trials through Christ who strengthens me.

III. Through Faith (Hebrews 11:1)

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Maintaining hope depends upon a strong faith in God. The first part of this chapter records the victories won by men and women who had great faith in God. Their faith revealed the power of God working in their life. These people were not commended because they were victorious over their enemies, but because they were sure of what they hoped for but had not seen. They hoped for eternal life with Him in heaven. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 we are told, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.” When I think of the wonderful things that God has prepared, my faith is made stronger and I can accept whatever trial and difficulties He leads me through in preparation for my eternal place with Him. We must persevere so that when we have done the will of God, we will receive what He has promised.

     In whom is your hope is build on? Is it built on your projects or on your jobs? Is it built on your bank account or on an inheritance that you have? Maybe you have lost your hope because situations in your life are not the way it is supposed to be. There is hope if you make Jesus Christ the solid Rock that you stand on and on Him your hope is maintained. He will see through. May God help us to increase our hope and faith, may God help us to maintain our hope so that He who is coming will see us as those who believe and are saved. Amen!

2 Responses to “Maintaining Your Hope (Jeremiah 29:11) by Maxwell Antwi”

  1. kie says:

    thanks for the holy words, it was really helpfull and it even make me more hopefull and not to give up on him eventhough i cannot see him. thanks you GOD for your love and kindness and even your love to each and everyone of us, if it was’nt for you we human kind could have misbehave in whatever things we do. please LORD i need you to be with me and help me out with everything i do, whether im down or lost in this sinful world i just pray down on my knee that you are my only hope that can help me in whatever i do. thank you.

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