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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hope Loudly

"The phrase ‘Don't get your hopes up’ is a subtle assassin of faith.
We are called to hope loudly."
~ @prodigaljohn via Twitter

Hope Loudly

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
~ Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
~ Psalms 130:5 (NKJV)

substance >noun 3 solid basis in reality or fact

evidence >noun 1 information or signs indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid

Faith and hope are thought of in the realm of the abstract and intangible. The author of Hebrews says otherwise.

Faith constitutes our evidence—our proof—of things which exist, but lie outside our view.

Hope is the deposit on yet unfulfilled promises. The substance of hope—its solid basis in reality or fact—lies in faith.

We are never without hope when we call to mind that Jesus undisputedly demonstrated at Calvary a love in which to place enduring faith and establish our hope.

The only part left is the waiting.

In the waiting, hope loudly!

Father, You are Hope personified! You have proven Yourself in too many ways to number. You never fail us. Overshadow our hearts with patience as we wait for the fulfillment of all hope.

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  1. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles...
    Thank you for your faithfulness - it is a continually a substance of hope. Your faith coming alive on the page.

    Appreciate you.

    Even though you left us hanging on the edge of a cliff for a whole week-end...

  2. What a wonderful thing to do while we wait!

  3. Beautiful! One of my favorite songs is by John Waller, While I'm Waiting, I believe it's called. I first heard it on the Fireproof movie and since then had it play in my van every time I drove. "I'll worship while I'm waiting" is one of my favorite lines. It imply's we must have hope, but while we wait for that hope to arrive, we must worship--just love that concept!

  4. Doug, all your encouragement got to me. You don't have to wait a whole week for Part II. It's up for Monday instead of Friday, with a nod to you.

    Denise, I love you too and I'm glad to call you friend.

    Russell, I suspect we need to be loud to convince ourselves.

    T. Anne, you might appreciate a quote I found on Thursday: "Patience is not so much about waiting, as it is about how one behaves while waiting." ~ Anonymous

    Eileen, I think too often I fail in my attempt to praise because I simply need to worship.


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