“May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
“. . . as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17 KJV).
Two centuries ago a young British statesman named William Wilberforce set out to accomplish two goals: the reformation of society and the abolition of slavery. He fulfilled those hopes.
Christians today have become inefficient at changing society with that level of zeal because we have forgotten that God is counting on us, His people, to change the world by His power. We can do anything that God can do because the DNA qualities of God are in our seed.
As you read these Devotionals, you will discover some places in you that are not like God. Identify your areas of wrong thinking and cast them down. Throw out everything that does not match God’s DNA until all that is left inside of you is hope.
Some dark seeds of failure and hopelessness follow family lines for generations. Seeds of oppression and murder. Sickness and disease. Wrong thinking. Inappropriate sexual behavior. Those seeds are not ordained to grow. God sent another seed through His Son. Mary’s immaculate conception demonstrated God’s potential to accomplish anything He wants in people who yield fully to His will.
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” When we see Jesus and realize that He is in us, we have hope that we can change our thinking and transform society. When God told Adam, “Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28 KJV), by definition He was speaking over him the God-like power to expand and improve things everywhere he went. That is God’s nature; therefore, that is our nature.
Anyone who resists God will lose, because God is all powerful. Anyone who resists us cannot succeed either, because God is in us, and “as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
When God said, “Let us make man after Our image and likeness,” He was saying, “I am willing to be identified in My creation” and “I am willing to be identified as My creation. The world doesn’t realize that it has only one hope left—Christians who do whatever is necessary to purify themselves, become like Jesus, and use their influence to bring change by introducing people to their Lord and Savior.
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.”