“‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior’” (Isaiah 43:1-3).
When you have hope, you live in the daily expectation that your heart’s desire will be fulfilled.
Christians live in expectation of the return of the God of glory Who says, “I will return for a glorious church.” God hopes for a church in the future that has no spot or wrinkle nor any such thing (Ephesians 5:27). Right now the church in America has spots and wrinkles and every such thing.
In colonial America, communities required their civil leaders to be members in good standing in the church. They had to know God before they would know how to lead. It was the same in the Black community after slavery. We need to restore the churches as the light of the world.
How can a person who doesn’t claim to have the Lord in the center of his life lead somebody who does? When a person who lives without God assumes leadership and diminishes the beliefs of those who know Jesus Christ, the children of disobedience are dominating the children of the light. Unbelievers may do some good, but God does not get the glory for it. The devil’s children can do things that seem good but they don’t lead you to God. They use the King’s answers without the King.
We want people to come to Jesus and the devil wants the opposite. He is trying to ruin our country. God is using a remnant of faithful people to sustain America so that He does not have to judge and destroy it. We need a thickening on us that will impact the culture with the same intensity as Jonathan Edwards when he read in a monotone the manuscript “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” As mentioned earlier, that message was so powerful that people felt they couldn’t hang on without falling into hell. It initiated the First Great Awakening of this country. It shook the nation. It was one man’s manuscript read in a church but with God’s backing it had the substance of hope in eternal reality.
Do you have this hope in you—Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)? Somebody is supposed to have enough of God to shake a city and a nation. Is that you?
In Lamentations 3:21, Jeremiah was troubled but he said, "Yet I still dare to hope." Using the format of a daily journal, Bishop Boone takes the reader on a 30-day journey to hope. Each day, you read inspiring vignettes, study the Bible, pray, and write a journal of your day. Pleasing God becomes your priority. Each night, you examine your life to find anything that might cause you to lose hope. You see where you have been unlike Jesus, make changes, then go to sleep in peace.
Dare to Hope is a message of fearlessness in a time of coronavirus. It is a great encouragement for times like these! In this 30-day journey to hope, Bishop Boone says that Christians can rebuild their hope and restore hope to individuals, families, and nations. He recalls Lamentations 3:21 when Jeremiah was troubled but he said, “Yet I still dare to hope.”