JUNE 21
          RESTORING LOST HOPE 
 
You cannot look to the world to restore your lost hope in the difficult times of life. The world has enough problems of its own.  Your hope is not in the philosophies of the world, your bank account, or your job.  Your hope is your Divine Source--God Almighty--and the promises of His Word.  
 
Are you going through a hard time?  Declare Romans 5:3-4: "...but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope..." 
 
Are you lacking in joy and peace?  Claim the hope of Romans 15:13: "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." 
 
Feeling hopeless about your children?  Claim Jeremiah 31:17:  "And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border." 
 
Feeling abandoned in the wilderness?  Read Psalm 22:9-10:  "But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly." 
 
Are you spiritually weak, your courage failing?  Claim the Psalm 31:24:  "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord." 
 
Have you lost a loved one?  Place your hope in the promises of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 
 
Lost your direction in ministry?  Settle your divine destiny with Luke 4:18:  "The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed one, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]." 
 
There, in the wilderness of your life, God is restoring your hope so that you can be a minister of hope to a hopeless world.   
   
 

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