TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, February 11, 2019:
Expect or look forward to with desire and confidence of fulfillment.
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Over the past few years we have seen many disastrous calamities including earthquakes, flooding and fires. Have you often wondered what people are feeling and how do they react when devastating situations hit. In many cases they soon realize that they have lost much and in some cases all of their personal belongings and a spirit of despair and hopelessness sets in.
What hope can these hurting people have? A person who deals with life in the strength of their own capabilities most likely has no hope. But for Christians, who have their faith in their Lord Jesus, hope is found in Jesus and that is what they rely on to get them through their crises. Those who have not been saved through faith in Christ Jesus are relying on themselves. The hope they have contains no certainty. The believer’s hope rests on God’s ability and with God all things are possible.
The hope that the apostle Paul speaks of in the verse we have put above is the hope every believer has in that their ultimate destiny is to spend eternity with God. Paul reminds us that hope is not based on what we can see and we do not hope for what we already have. The hope that Paul talks about is not yet realized but it is certain for those who are saved. Our reward lies ahead.
God does not make promises that He does not keep. God guaranteed our salvation by the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. We have not fully received all the benefits and blessings of salvation that will one day be ours when Christ’s new kingdom is established, but we will receive them because God keeps all His promises.
When people face that time in life when they get concerned about issues that mean survival, who do they rely on? Those of us who have our complete faith and trust in the Lord let us not forget that our hope is in the Lord. No matter how desperate your situation may be there is hope. Call out to Jesus in faith and He will help you.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 13:4.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.
I praise You for being my sure hope for today and tomorrow. May I constantly live a life that will be an example to my family, friends, associates and neighbors that they may see that my hope is completely in You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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