Hope: Third Sunday of Advent

The word hope has been used in a lot of ways. It’s been used in songs, naming of children, schools, poems, movies, books, and even campaign slogans.

Really hope is a powerful, emotional, heartfelt word. Probably why it’s so attractive.

So the third week of advent we are choosing the word hope. Why?

Because where we put our hope and what we put our hope in will truly determine how we live.

Depending where our hope is affects our choices, how we lead, how we pursue our dreams, how we handle conflict or fears, how we treat our spouse, how we love, how we see our future, and how we see Jesus.

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At Christmas we celebrate and draw into God’s sending of hope through the birth of Jesus. God keeps His promise following through with his word of sending one who would be the Savior of all.

Throughout scripture, we’re directed to put our home in God.

Not just hope about God, but put our hope IN God.

Why?

Because God never fails.

The love of Jesus never fails. The Holy Spirit is not afraid. God is faithful and never breaks a promise and our hope in Him will not disappoint us.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.” 1 Peter 1:3

Over a month ago we had an election for president.

Did it turn out the way you wanted it to?

It really doesn’t matter because to put a life hope in an election might have some short-term benefits but they are not sovereign. Even the most powerful leader is not for you in the way Jesus is for you.

Read that Romans verse again.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

Hope in Jesus does not disappoint and the Holy Spirit is real and alive through you.

That’s why the shepherds ran to Bethlehem.

That’s why the Kings traveled for so long.

That’s why Joseph trusted the God’s vision in his dreams.

That’s why Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Do what you want with me.”

And the world was never the same!

That’s Hope that does not fail or disappoint!

In your daily decisions, how do you choose your hope?

God is good!

Peder

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