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Thursday, January 30, 2020

One Reason It's Hard To Hope

As I sat down to write, I heard the Holy Spirit say: It's hard to hope without the Word. As I have mentioned before, the heart behind these letters is that you would ultimately place your hope in Jesus Christ, who is the only REAL source of hope in this world and is an EVER LIVING hope as you read in the last Hope Letter. Jesus is hope, Jesus is God, and Jesus is also THE WORD. This truth is written below in the scriptures from the book of John:

In the beginning was the THE WORD, and the Word was with with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1)

And THE WORD was made flesh, and dwelled among us (and we behled his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of GRACE and TRUTH (John 1:14)

For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came by JESUS CHRIST (John 1:17)

God's Word is Him and He IS His Word. So in order to truly place your hope in Jesus Christ, it means you must place your hope the Word of God, The Bible. To place your hope in the Word of God, you must consume the Word of God. In my personal walk, whenever I'm distant from God's Word I become very weak in my mind. Life circumstances and situations start speaking to me louder than I'm speaking to them. Light at the end of the tunnel becomes very faint and I get tempted to wonder if it's even there.

Trying to hope in God without His Word is like baking a cake without any flour, you're not going to get very far. Resources like these Hope Letters, sermons, and Youtube videos are awesome to help us keeping holding on, but it's the actual WORD, which is Christ himself that's going to be the anchor of our hope. When we have the Word in our hearts, it's the one thing this world can never take away. Despite what happens or who comes to attack our hope, we stand on the Word and declare God's truth over EVERYTHING. Isaiah 40:7-8 says The grass withers, the flowers fade because the Spirit of the Lord blows upon it: surely people are grass. The grass withers, the flowers fade: BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD SHALL STAND FOREVER.

Whenever I'm reading scripture consistently, my hope is greater because I remember the promises of God over life circumstances. I'm more confident about that light at the end of the tunnel because I know God is not a man that He shall lie. I'm able to encourage others and point them to hope because when the Word is on my mind, it naturally comes up in conversation.

If you're finding it difficult to hope in Jesus, I encourage you to get into HIS WORD. That's going to be the foundation and life source of your hope. Even if it's just one scripture verse a day, that's a seed of hope that can work wonders in your life! Start with the Bible App and read the verse of the day each day (you may find you want to know more about the verse and you end up reading the whole chapter it's from!). You can also Google, scripture verses concerning whatever you're hoping for, if it's healing look up 3 healing scriptures and write them on flash cards and read them every day when you wake up and every night before bed. After doing this a while, go deeper, start reading a half a chapter in the Bible a day or a whole chapter (I suggest reading in the New Testament if you're new to Bible reading). Before you read pray to God to help you understand His Word and to show you hope through His Word. The more you do this, the stronger your hope will be and the more confident you'll be that Christ CAN.

I pray this letter ministers to you my friend. The Lord loves you.

May your hope be in Jesus Christ,


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  1. Dear Anreka,

    Your words truly speak hope into my heart. I am one of those who would have never thought they would catch this disease. There is so much truth in all you have spoken all along. I can see that you are a genuine believer in Christ, more than that, you are a daughter of God.

    I can see you have been seeking God's will over your life. I can see you are obedient to his word. I can see how much you love him. You are giving me the courage to keep going in spite of the physical symptoms (which are terrible) that I have been experiencing.
    Thank you for pushing me to find God's words. Thank you for being upfront about your life. Thank you for sharing your testimony. Thank you for in serving Christ our Lord, you are serving fellow believers who have fallen far from his will, and in doing so have exposed themselves to sin, shame, guilt and disease. However, God still performs miracles, in people's hearts, souls and bodies. He IS still the same God who rose Christ from the depths of Hades. He IS the one who yearns to spend time in intimacy with us. He IS the savior of our souls.

    1. Wow, Glory to God!!! This is why God has us testify so someone else may know Him and be set free! God absolutely still performs miracles! Continue to speak, OUT LOUD, God's word over your life. Jesus loves you and He's transforming and renewing you from the inside out!!!