Good Reasons to Hope

During this Christmas season, the message of HOPE burned strong in my spirit. Jesus’ birth was a declaration to the world that all was not lost; the Expectation of generations had been Fulfilled.

With so many things whirling around us that aim to discourage, hope is a much needed commodity these days. The hope we have in Christ is not simply the type that says “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow” or “I hope I win a million dollars.” That type of hope is more of a ‘wish’ – with no guarantee of it ever coming true. The hope we have in Christ is a sure hope; a hope that will not disappoint us.1 It provides an anchor2 for our soul. It keeps us in place and makes us strong.

So where can we find, and on what can we found, our hope?

  • Rhema revelation – the words and promises that God has specifically spoken and revealed to us – give hope when things do not seem to be working. Simeon maintained hope that he would see the Christ-child before he died, because of what God had revealed to him.3 Paul had been promised that he would appear before Caesar in Rome, and withstood shipwreck and snake-bite because he was convinced of God’s promise.4 The list could go on and on….
  • Our experiences with God in the past can be a source of hope. When I feel discouraged, I often recite to myself the many things that God has already done. I ‘bring to remembrance’ the miracles, breakthroughs, and answered prayers, just as the children of Israel were often implored to do.
  • The knowledge of God’s nature is also a source of hope. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”5 The Promise-er is not just any random person whom we may or may not be able to trust. Our hope is in GOD, and Him alone!
  • Even when all in the world fails, we have the promise of eternal life in the presence of our Father. That, of course, requires a choice on our part. I ‘hope’ that is a choice you have made.

What inspires your hope today? Is it a word that God has spoken? An experience of His faithfulness? Whatever it is, I encourage you to find the anchor of hope and hold it tight! Have a wonderful 2016!

~Diane

1Romans 5:5; 2Hebrews 6:19; 3Luke 2:25-31; 4Acts 23:11; 5Hebrews 10:23

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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2 Responses to Good Reasons to Hope

  1. Victor Obure Cheya says:

    Thank you. May the Good GOD protect you and family.

  2. Thank you Omondis for this reminder of hope! May 2016 be filled with hope and the reality of the One we have hope in.

    Steve and Mary

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