Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Hope

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
~ Proverbs 13:12 ~

What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.
~ Rick Warren ~

Hello friends. I believe hope is precious to maintain in life. I believe faith and hope go together. I believe when hope is taken away, it can crush a spirit leaving despair.

I believe there people around us are losing hope and need prayer and encouragement to see the love and grace of God in life.

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I believe God continues to grow us spiritually, to be the light, for those who don’t know Him to illustrate hope.

My heart is heavy for friends, who are ill and fighting to keep their faith. A coworker’s loss of her husband. Those, who are suffering in silence and fearful to ask for help.

Sometimes, we take things and people in our life for granted. It is my faith, hope and prayer that God helps each of us extend hope to anyone He puts in our path.

Scriptures on Hope – the expression of future good

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectations – Acts 27:20
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Productive of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 and Romans 15:4
God’s promises – Acts 26:6-7 and Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25

Blessings!

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  shade akinbiyi wrote @

Ann, so true. How we need to hope in the Lord, especially in the time and season we are living in on the earth now. Thank you for the encouragement! Have a blessed day 🙂

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

Hi Shade! Thanks and blessings!!

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  Debbie wrote @

This post was such a blessing . . .thank you! And God bless!

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

Thanks Debbie!! God bless you!

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