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11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”   Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

“Hope” is an interesting word.  It has changed meaning over the centuries.  Today “hope” seems to be a longing for something that has a very low chance of happening.  The young child who lives on the fourth floor of a city apartment building “hopes” she’ll receive a pony for Christmas.  It just isn’t going to happen.

The Biblical understanding is just the opposite.  “Hope” for Christians is a sure and certain conviction that what the Lord promises will be fulfilled and what the Lord does is for our best interest.  The hymn writer put it this way:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

In this season of Advent we proclaim our conviction that the Lord Jesus did all things to secure our salvation.  We need not worry whether we are good enough to merit God’s favor.  We don’t have to determine whether we have done enough to deserve heaven.  Jesus did it all!  Jesus lived the life that was expected of us.  Jesus died to forgive our sin.  Jesus rose from the grave, promising eternal life to everyone who believes in Him. 
“HOPE!”  It is the absolute belief that the Lord is for us and with us.  It is resting secure that when our journey in this world is complete, Jesus will welcome us into heaven, because He saved us.
I “hope” you have a great day!  I know you will, as you live it with faith in Jesus and love for others.
Lord Jesus, there is no doubt in my heart or mind that Your work has given me forgiveness of sins, new life today and life eternal to come.  Thank You for this faith that gives me real hope.  In Your name I pray.  Amen.  

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