“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in The LORD.” Psalm 31:24 NKJV.
“I AM your Hope and Your Salvation. Is there anything too hard for Me?
Is there anything or anyone beyond My repair and restoration? Am I Who created all living things unable to do anything to change people.
Was it not I Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart? Was it not I Who made the lame walk and the blind to see?
I can change those who are blind in their hearts, even as I changed My servant Paul. It is unbelief that holds you back at times My children.
You think somehow I have grown tired and weary of your prayers, or of your statements of faith. I AM not deaf. I AM not ignorant or apathetic to the needs you have.
I know what it takes to form character in a man or woman, to make them people of FAITH and PERSEVERANCE.
Do you think you have what it takes to persevere under terrible persecution like My Chinese children?
Do you think you can sway a nation as they have with their martyrdom and their perseverance under hardship?
For you will have to in the days ahead. Will you be brave-hearts?
The most terrible one is coming and unless you are strong in the power of My Word and in the Power of My BEING, being made more and more in the image and likeness of Me, can you endure the fiery trials that lie ahead.
My ways are PERFECT. My timing is always perfect. I know what it takes to stretch a man or woman and I know what it takes to motivate them.
I know you! I know you perfectly! I know that what you think you have endured is NOTHING in the Western world compared to My Children in the Eastern world.
So I AM doing what is best for you. I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.
So don’t think I don’t have every step mapped out. You grow impatient in your humanness, but I AM NOT impatient. I AM the Patient One.”
“Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:2-5 NKJV.
“I AM fitting you and molding you and making you into the toughest fighting machine of all time. I AM fitting you in with foreigners even that there will be cross cultural blending of characteristics and learning of HUMILITY as many of other cultures know much more of humility than you do.
You are a proud nation but you are being humbled, that you might be saved. Surely in a flood of great waters I will save you.”
“For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You. In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Psalm 32:6-7 NKJV.
“I AM Your bastion of HOPE! I AM HOPE that endures forever! I AM the Eternal Hope of mankind.
If I AM your Hope, then you should expect good, and not bad, even if circumstances change. For good and evil falls on both the righteous and the wicked.
But those who HOPE in their God will never be put to shame. They have an eternal promise and a reason for being. You are only strangers here. Your home is in the heavenlies.
I AM a MIGHTY GOD and you are My children. So do not forsake the HOPE that lies within you.
Know that no matter what comes, I AM WITH YOU!
I AM EMMANUEL. I AM always with you! I will never leave you nor forsake you. You have reason to rejoice for although trouble may come, I AM giving you a decision of FAVOR and I will sustain you amidst all the trials coming on the earth if you will stay YOUR hope in ME.
I will keep him in perfect PEACE whose mind is stayed on ME! Speak My Word and BELIEVE My Word for it is LIFE and health to your soul.”
“Behold, the eye of The LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,” Psalm 33:18 NKJV.
“But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14 NKJV.
“Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope.” Psalm 119:49 NKJV.
“KAPH. My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your word.” Psalm 119:81 NKJV.
“I wait for The LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for The LORD more than those who watch for the morning Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in The LORD; for with The LORD there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption.” Psalm 130:5-7 NKJV.
“The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.” Proverbs 10:28 NKJV.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 NKJV.
“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 26:12 NKJV.
“O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble, why should You be like a stranger in the land, and like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
Why should You be like a man astonished, like a mighty one who cannot save?
Yet You, O Lord, are in our midst, and we are called by Your name; do not leave us!” Jeremiah 14:8-9 NKJV.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in The LORD, and whose hope is The LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says The LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 NKJV
“Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you. For I have bent Judah, My bow, fitted the bow with Ephraim, and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you like the sword of a mighty man.” Zechariah 9:12-13 NKJV.
“For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. ” 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 NKJV.
“And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.” 2 Corinthians 1:7 NKJV.
“Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech — ” 2 Corinthians 3:12 NKJV.
“For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” Galatians 5:5-6 NKJV.
“the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,” Ephesians 1:18-20 NKJV.
“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.” 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 NKJV.
“but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” Hebrews 3:6 NKJV.
“That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20 NKJV
“for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:19 NKJV.
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13 NKJV.
Received: January 11, 2004
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to upstream.ca @me.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 92780, USA.