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True Bible Hope

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

When it comes to hope, there are two kinds. First, there is the temporary hope that comes from the knowledge of man and earthly wisdom. Earthly hope involves the soul which requires the continual management of emotions. Spiritual problems cannot be solved by soulish methods.

The second type of hope is Bible hope. Bible hope is permanent and lasts forever. This is because Bible hope is based on the belief that God’s promises have been established. Bible hope transcends the soul. It is established in the heart and because of this, emotions and surrounding circumstances are of no effect. This hope is eternal.

Biblical hope is different than wish or desire. Hope has the expectation of obtaining and the certainty of possessing. Hope knows the promise will come to pass, it just doesn’t know when. Hope is ever expecting. Wish and desire can be accompanied by depression or despair because wish and desire can exist without the expectation of ever receiving. But hope is accompanied by pleasure and joy because it anticipates the good that is on its way.

Hope builds confidence, which is the highest degree of expectation, because the confidence is based on a promise from God. Hope on anything that is not solid is false hope and nothing more than a wish or a desire. True hope is grounded on substantial evidence that has been proven by God himself.

When Bible hope is established in your heart, hopelessness will become a memory. With the disappointments of life behind you, you will be able to step forward into the peace, rest, and joy that await you in the days to come, knowing that the promise of God is true. Your best days are yet to come!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).

Devotion 672

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