Hope is very important because without hope, there is despair, discouragement, hopelessness, depression and sadness. Without hope, there is no expectation that things would get better in the future. Hopelessness makes the heart sick.
Since hope is so important, we all need it. How do we get hope? We get hope from the bible, the Word of God. The bible is our only source of hope and is an anchor for the soul. It secures our mind and assures our mind that things are going to be ok.
This means that the more we study God’s Word and understand it, the more hope we get. The entrance of God’s Word gives light, which shines in the darkness and dispels every hopelessness and darkness we experience. We then receive confidence that God’s Word is for us and are expectant of the blessings and promises of God.
Anytime we feel sad, discouraged or depressed, we must get into God’s Word which will drive away hopelessness, depression, despair, discouragement, disillusionment and sadness. Then we can seal our joy and hope with worship music which glorifies Jesus.
John 15:7 -“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Jesus promises to give us the things we ask Him for if we can fulfil 2 conditions.
The first condition is that we abide in Him. To abide in Him means to remain in Him. To remain in Jesus Christ is to continue in Him, to be committed to Him, to be established in Him and to be established in His church. The church is important in this because Jesus is the head of the Church and the Savior of the body. Since Jesus is the head of the Church, the more committed we are to Him, the more committed we will be to His Church.
The second condition is that Jesus Words should remain in us. The Word of God must be in our minds and our hearts. We must meditate on the Word of God day and night. Taking a few verses with us throughout the day and thinking about them throughout the day will take us a long way. As we continue to read and study God’s Word, His Words will remain in us. Then when we pray, we will be able to back our prayers with God’s Word and will have a solid foundation to stand upon
Jesus promises that if we fulfil these 2 conditions, anything we ask God for in His Name, God will give it to us. Then we will be guaranteed 100% answered prayer and results when we pray.
Matt 7:7-8″ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Jesus is telling us that if we ask God for anything, He will give it to us. If Jesus said this, why is it that many Christians do not get the things they ask God for all the time? Jesus also said that if we seek we will find, if we knock it shall be opened. In spite of this, there are many Christians asking, seeking, and knocking and are not getting what they want.
The answer to getting what we need is in the verse. The word “ask” means ask and keep on asking. The word “seek” means seek and keep on seeking. The word “knock” means to knock and keep on knocking.
Jesus actually told us to ask and keep on asking, yet many Christians ask up to a point and then give up. They stop praying about the things they were asking God for, believing that God does not want to give it to them. Yes, it’s very easy to give up, but what if we just needed to pray 2 or 3 more times?
Jesus is encouraging us to keep on asking and never give up on what we are asking God for. We should never give up on what we are seeking and never stop knocking. Jesus is the Truth and His Word can never fail. Because Jesus said it, that settles it. Once what we need is in the bible and in line with God’s will, we have a sure and solid foundation for faith and answered prayer. All things are possible with God. He has promised and will never fail.
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.”
As born again Christians, we have a new nature in Christ Jesus. This makes us a new creation in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit takes away the old sinful nature ( or spirit ) and gives us a brand new righteous and truly holy spirit (or nature). This new nature has been born again into the kingdom of God. So the old person, or old spirit or old nature is gone and past and everything is now new. This means that the old life, old struggles, old difficulties, old failures and old addictions are passed away and we have a new life in Jesus Christ.
Despite this, many still struggle with most of the things they used to struggle with before becoming born again. The way to make all things new is to have a renewed mind. Our spirit is perfect, but our body and mind are still the same. We need to renew our mind and attitude to conform to God’s Word, which our spirit craves for. This will help us to think and behave the way God expects us to. Then we will be able to live the new life in Jesus Christ. The abundant life, the life of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. A life of victory, blessings, opportunities and service to God.
1 Peter 2:2
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
We are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. When we become born again Christians our spirit is born again, but our body and soul remain the same. God removes our old sinful spirit or nature and puts in a brand new nature. We then become a new creation and therefore a new born baby in Jesus Christ. The real you, which is your spirit is what the bible calls the “inner man” or “the inward man” or the “hidden man of the heart”. This inward man or spirit must grow.
Even though our body and our soul have developed or are developing, our spirit must grow from the infant stage to become mature. In the same way our physical bodies need food and water to grow, our spirits need the Word of God to grow. If we do not eat the spiritual food of God’s Word, we become malnourished weak baby Christian’s who are still infants.
As new born babies in Jesus Christ, we must desire the spiritual food of the Word of God so that we can grow. When we read the bible daily, we would grow up in Christ Jesus and become strong mature Christian’s.
We are God’s masterpiece, His outstanding workmanship and the best of all His creation. Our purpose in life is to do the good works which God prepared for us in advance. Each and every one of us were created with certain specific good works to do. When we do these good works, we would be great in God’s sight, will reach our full potential, fulfill our purpose in life and be all God created us to be.
How can we know what these good works are so that we do them? God has promised to direct us and to direct our paths. What we can do is to be devoted to God and draw near to Him through His Word, prayer, acts of love and service through the church, outreaches, etc. When we do these things God promises to also draw near to us. Then He will be able to guide us to do the good works and to fulfill our destiny and purpose in life.