We are living in a world where nothing is permanent and our hope in the things of this world does not give us peace and joy. Yet, many of us follow the world blindly and suffer at the end when we fail to fulfill our desires.
Our hope must be based upon the guidance of God’s word. There are many problems that appear in our lives when we put our hope on things of this world. In Jesus Christ, we are asked to live in Spirit, not in flesh. Our fleshly desires should be given up for the sake of our souls.
Jesus died and resurrected from the grave and left us a hope that we will be like him in the days of the resurrection and this should be our hope where we will live continuously with the Lord.
We may confront severe persecutions and other opposition from this world but we need to encourage ourselves to look forward to our hope. Through our trials and temptations may appear big yet we should not lose hope that we built in Christ.
Let us look at the bible verses which teaches us never to lose hope for the sake of our eternal life
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”- Romans 15:4
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”- 1 John 3:3
“But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.”- Job 5:15-16
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” – 1 Peter 1:13
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:18-19
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” – Hebrews 10:23
“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.” – Romans 15:13
“For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.” – Psalm 9:18
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” – Romans 8:24-25
“Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” – Psalm 42:11
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” – Ephesians 4:4-6
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.” – Psalm 62:5-6
“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” – 1 Timothy 4:10
“Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” – Hebrews 11:1-3
“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” – 1 Peter 1:20-21