After my precious article that brought a river of tears to our eyes, I am overjoyed to write this current article that looks beyond the pain and the suffering to a time of fulfilled hope and a glorious victory. Hope is one of the cardinal virtues along with faith and love that are both the solid anchor of our Christianity and the outward expression of who we are in Christ. Hope looks beyond our current suffering to a time when we will be delivered from the fire that has gloriously made us into the perfect image of Jesus Christ. What we have waiting for us far outweighs everything that we can possibly imagine, a million times better than our present reality. Hope beyond our present reality doesn’t diminish our sense of freedom as taught by the powers of darkness but it opens vistas not yet discovered. True freedom is beyond the confines of this earthly body with all its limitations caused by the original sin. Our hope not only longs for a new heavens and a new earth, but it longs for a new body designed to last for all eternity. Our new bodies will not be burdened with the aches and pains that increase exponentially as we age. Nor will it be destroyed by horrific diseases infecting the planet. Moreover, we will no longer struggle against the unrelenting evil thoughts engineered by the powers of darkness. This is our future hope.
To rediscover our hope now will help us to stand firm as the world seeks our annihilation. If our hope is only in changing the world by accepting and integrating the evil ways of the world, then we are destined to fail. On the other hand, if our hope is ushering in the Kingdom of God and leading humanity to follow His will in earth as it is in heaven, then we could witness a glorious victory. Unfortunately, we are living in the midst of the great falling away when believers will voice the Lord’s Prayer but will not work to that end believing that they have power to change lives through Christ. Why do believers pray for something that they don’t believe in or something they believe will never happen? I hope you can see how hope and faith are so intrinsically tied together. We can’t have one without the other. As believers, we work for both the present and for the eternity. We have faith and hope in both realities. We cannot sacrifice one for the other. The Bible says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (I Corinthians 15:19). If we have a living hope it will bring us victoriously through this life and the next for all eternity. It is exceedingly important that we also have a living hope for our current reality and our future reality.
What do you hope for now and what do you hope for in your future reality? They should be the same. A living hope believes that God can make all things new, which is only possible if we stop allowing Satan to lead us around by the nose. Yes, dear children, Satan is leading all of humanity around by the nose. If you think about it, you know he is. From entertainment to higher levels of liberal learning, we are led around by the nose. From social media to the news media and from politics to scientific discoveries, we are being led around by the nose as our current reality sinks ever deeper into the pit of the unknown abyss of demonic control. Only the true believers of the faithful remnant have learned the secret of how to become completely separate from the abyss of demonic control that is robbing humanity of any present or future hope in Christ. Simply put, to restore our living hope is to come out from among them submitting ourselves completely to the risen Lord (Revelation 18:4-5). Only Christ can restore our living hope bringing forth an unimaginable joy in the midst of our darkest hour. Only Jesus Christ can destroy the hold that the powers of darkness have on humanity.
The living hope is not tied to the present reality of clocks and timepieces. The living hope sets us free in this present reality by allowing God through the indwelling Spirit to set our agenda every moment of every day to become all that we were created to be in Christ Jesus. Free at last! Free at last from the dominion of the devil and his ruthless powers of darkness. It won’t take long before we realize that everything has a purpose. We have our eyes opened to God’s loving providence in action working all things together for the good (Romans 8:28). God’s timing is impeccable doing and accomplishing things when we least expect it. God supersedes everything in the present reality bringing forth His will in a very powerful way even when we feel that He has lost the day or that we have been defeated by the powers of darkness. Faith gives us a new meaning to our living hope. Faith opens a whole new dimension allowing us to witness one amazing miracle after another. The Bible says, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). Your unbelief or faithlessness will destroy your hope of changing this reality and ushering us into the next. We have hope for our coming victory in this reality and the next through Jesus Christ our Lord.
If we just hope in the afterlife and have no hope for our present reality, then we also should be most pitted. Don’t let this evil world rob you of that hope. When we come out from among them and join others who have done the same, then we will be strengthened in the inner man. Our power will greatly increase through our connection with the risen Lord and with one another. Our living hope will see the possibilities of creating a community that is no longer controlled by the powers of darkness. The Bible says, “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). Let us be assured that this power only comes through the Holy Spirit and not through the political process. Politics will never establish God’s will in this present reality. Politics has been the design of the devil from the beginning teaching people that they can have power and control over others. Politics is not the true source of power. Our power as believers is to be in the center of God’s will allowing Him to control our actions, never for personal gain as seen in most politicians. Let us come out from among them and receive the power of God to change our current reality. Let us pray, believing, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Finally, we are living in a world where many have lost their hope in our current reality. I know that many of you feel defeated by what you see in the world today. Many of you have placed your trust in the political process and have been greatly disappointed. Many of you have put your trust in the secret rapture to deliver you before things get too bad. You have lost your hope in the present reality to really change, especially when we see that most of our children and grandchildren no longer follow Christ exclusively allowing Him to transform them. Dear children, we must restore our living hope, not in humanity, but in Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The message of the Cross is still powerful, and the Spirit still has the same power to transform people through faith in Christ. Please don’t lose hope but step out in faith trusting Christ alone every minute of every day. Believe me, the more you come out of the world, the better you will feel. The more you trust in God alone, the more you will experience His great power working through you. Remember, God’s methodology has not changed since the beginning. God still changes one person at a time making them into a new creation through faith. This is our living hope that is actualized by coming out from among them to experience true change, so radical it cannot be comprehended by the unspiritual mind. It is never too late to have this kind of living hope even as the world is falling apart around us. This living hope envisions the victory as they witness God’s power working through the Holy Spirit.
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