Passionate Hope

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:5)

Hope does not disappoint, because God loves us passionately. His heart is filled with good thoughts toward us… and beyond the pressing weight of life, there still remains a purpose, a plan, a destiny of significant meaning. Our lives are in His hands. Hope does not fail us when we lean into it. Its more than just a spiritual principle, its a platform that allows passionate love to stir us toward our future. You see, hope is what gives us our faith. Believing is nothing more than stepping out on a hope.

 The Meaning of “Hope”: (1 Cor. 13:13)

Hope is a way of seeing based upon an inner confidence. Even though hope is often connected with faith and love, it helps us to know the difference.

  • Hope Concerns the Future (Rom 8:23-24)
  • Faith Concerns the Past and Present (Heb 11:6)
  • Love Concerns the Present (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

While the modern meaning of the word “hope” implies merely wishing for something which may or may not happen, the Greek word used in the New Testament was a word which implied absolute certainty. There was no vagueness or uncertainty connected with this word.

The New Testament meaning of the word “hope” is: The inner attitude of joyful and confident expectation and anticipation that everything God has promised in His Word will come to pass.

An Inner Attitude:

We all have inner attitudes, right? Some are rather difficult to get past, but hope moves us into faith, because of the inner attitude it releases. It does an amazing work in us by giving us a way of mentally viewing and responding to life. When God’s passionate love is bubbling up on the inside of us, then hope begins to rise. Inner attitudes are created by love’s activity. This is a wonderful work of the Holy Spirit.

Joyful & Confident:

Who doesn’t want to be joyful and confident? We all see positive and visibly victorious people who seem to overflow. They inspire joy and optimism. They shift the atmosphere when they enter a room. Joy is infectious, because it flows from hope. Feeling positive is a fruit of the hopeful believer, knowing they are loved by God and confident in the stability of that passionate relationship. Nehemiah said that the “joy of the Lord was his strength.” (Neh. 8:10)

Expectation & Anticipation:

Hope wells up inside… stirring and seeing from a spiritual place. Passionate love has been poured into our hearts and now we see clearer. In fact, our seeing becomes almost pregnant in hope. It lets go of old and stale perceptions and embraces something undefined. This is expectation and anticipation in full measure. Its the motivation that hope emboldens. When the Holy Spirit begins to release the Father’s passionate love toward us, our plans begin to shift and our hearts lead us into a way of seeing that goes beyond understanding or human reasoning. Hope invites us to expect goodness and anticipate favor as a foretaste of things to follow.

Everything God has Promised in His Word will Come to Pass:

Hope is the platform for faith in God (Heb 11:1). What the Bible says about our future will happen. We can count on it! But counting on something, means getting beyond the past contradictions and difficult experiences of life. When struggles have stolen our ability to hope, God’s love breaks through to heal the brokenness of our wounded spirit. Believing needs an emotional motivation that comes from a spiritual transformation. Love captures our heart. Love is the substance that engages our ability to hope again. God so loved the world that He gave His Son to die. He proved His love and the Holy Spirit pours that passionate resource into our hearts. Like putting fuel in a car, we get filled with the potential to activate faith and believe what has been promised by God. Passionate Hope does not disappoint, because the Holy Spirit activates it by filling us more and more with the love of God.

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Heb 6:19-20)

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