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This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]. ~ Hebrews 6:18, AMP

 

Not only are we to have hope, and comfort from that hope, but also we are to make use of our hope and comfort.  Like ships are to a tempestuous sea, subject to the dangers of being tossed and driven, or even shipwrecked, our bodies, souls, and spirits are subject to the dangers and perils of temptations, persecutions, and afflictions. Just as the ships that are tossed and driven by the storms of nature need to be anchored in something that is steady and sure, our bodies, souls, and spirits must be anchored in a sure foundation, a steadfast hope, that will prevent us from becoming shipwrecked. For believers, that sure foundation is Christ Jesus—believers’ hope; their strong encouragement, which is set before them.

In several respects, Christ Jesus not only is the object of our hope but also He is the Rock upon which we can anchor our hope. In Christ Jesus, we have the assurance that our hope in our High Priest, who has made it possible for us to go beyond the veil and enter into the presence of God, will never fail us. Because of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice and His intercession, God has made it possible for our hope to be fastened solidly, steadfastly, and irrevocably to our Savior and Lord.

Moreover, Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection also provide us with the most earnest and perfect examples of a first-fruit hope, a hope that maintains that just as Christ Jesus was resurrected from the dead we too will follow in a like manner after Him. And, our Lord also assures us that we have a sure hope in the fact that He will accomplish the WHOLE work and design of God, which is to watch over our heavenly interests and concerns (our prayers), to watch over our safety and well-being in this world, and to watch over our positions in heavenly places.

 

Holy Spirit, please teach us how to express our love for God’s peace, joy, and happiness that He gives us, because we know that we safely can hope for, trust in, and depend on Him to keep His promises. Help us to see, Holy Spirit, that our hope of glory, our fear of the Lord, and the comforts of the Holy Spirit are our “strong consolations” (KJV) that strengthen and encourage us, even in the midst of our strongest trials and tribulations, as long as we remain anchored in (if we lay hold upon) the Gospel and the Person of Jesus the Christ.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Taken from Heavenly Insights