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January 17, 2022

I recently had to give the devotion for our CBS (Community Bible Study) Leaders Group.  I chose the theme of hope because a group of us had recently been doing an Advent study on Hope.  So hope has been on my mind.  We always have hope but sometimes we need to be reminded of the eternal hope we have in Christ.  Jesus, is the thrill of Hope as He came to earth, to walk on earth, to set an example for us and to eventually die for us.  How many times do we read in the Bible “do not be afraid”.  Hope comes through His Word and through His presence with us.  Our hope lies in our relationship with Jesus. We need to acknowledge that we are sinners and to turn to Jesus to receive His grace, love, mercy, and hope.  We need to share the Hope of Jesus with those who do not know Him.  If they do not know Christ, then I bet you they need hope to get through the next hour, day, week, month or year.
It is up to us to spread the word of Hope found in Christ Jesus.  We need to RSVP to God.  R—remember God is Sovereign; S—surrender to Him;  V—Claim the victory;
P—Praise God for the Hope that He gives us.  When we do that we will have resurrection power as we rejoice, pray and trust.  After all, He came to restore what has been broken and give us lives that have meaning, purpose, and Hope.
      One of the devotions I am using this year is “Jesus Calling:  Enjoying the Peace in His Presence” and the other day it was talking about Hope.  It said:  “Hope in Me and you will be protected from depression and self-pity.  Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven.  The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens; thus, you are lightened.  Heaviness is not of My kingdom.  Cling to hope, and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness.” 
So, RSVP to God, Put your Hope and trust in Him.  Cling to Christ.  Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  In conclusion, “May the God of HOPE fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with CONFIDENT HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

Carol Schipper, Elder