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All My Hope Is In Jesus


One of my favourite songs in the last few years is David Crowder's "All My Hope Is In Jesus."  With his song in mind I often think that the word "hope" does not get as much pulpit press as it deserves.  It is often overshadowed by the word "faith."  Some Christians actually equate hope with doubt, as in "I hope to win the lottery."  If this is your thinking, you misunderstand the meaning of Biblical hope. 


Those in the Hyper Faith Movement have rebuked me for my usage of the word "hope."  They say that if I hope for something, my hope implies doubt.  I, therefore, have little to no faith in Jesus.  They tell me to aggressively claim present reality for that which is not yet realized in my life.  I don't view hope that way.  I define Biblical hope as being certain of a future expected reality.    


The Apostle Paul wrote about hope.  In the NIV version of Romans he used the word "hope" thirteen times.  Romans 8:24 says this:


"For in this hope we were saved.  But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have."


Paul said that there is an element of hope in the process of our salvation.  Hoping for a future reality is one characteristic of a true believer.  In Romans 8:25 Paul continued by saying this:


"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."


Despite what Hyper Faith people say, Paul admitted that we hope for things that we do not presently have.  Should that frustrate us?  Should we aggressively claim a future reality to be our present reality?  According to Paul we wait patiently for that future reality.  Waiting patiently implies genuine faith in Jesus because Biblical faith is defined by trusting your life with Jesus despite your present reality.  We wait patiently because Biblical hope is being certain of an expected future reality that has not yet been realized.  That makes hope closer to faith than most realize.      


I close with what Paul wrote in Romans 15:13.


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit?"


God is the author of hope.  As we trust our lives with Him He fills us with joy and peace, something we need as we wait patiently for unrealized future expectations.  If we have the genuine faith we claim to have we will overflow with the hope of a future reality provided us by the Holy Spirit.    


Click this link to listen to Crowder's "All My Hope Is In Jesus."





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