a lively hope

 

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again into a lively hope

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away

reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God

through faith unto salvation

ready to be revealed in the last time.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice,

though now for a season, if need be,

ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,

though it be tried with fire,

might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Whom ye have not seen,

ye love;

in whom, though now ye see him not,

yet believing,

ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

recieving the end of your faith,

even the salvation of your souls.”

(1 Peter 1:3-9)

 

 

“Believers have a hope of glory, a lively hope, a hope eternal and divine.  Because our hope abides, our praise continues.  Because our hopes grow brighter and are every day nearer and nearer to their fulfillment, the volume of our praise increases.  ‘I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.’  (Psalm 71:14)  A dying hope would bring forth declining songs.  As the expectations grow more dim, so would the music become more faint.  But a hope immortal and eternal, flaming forth each day with more intense brightness, brings forth a song of praise which always gathers new force as it continues to arise.  See well to your faith and your hope, for otherwise God will be robbed of your praise.  It will be in proportion as you hope for the good things which He has promised to your faith, that you will render to Him the praise which is His royal revenue, acceptable to Him by Jesus Christ, and abundantly due from you.”  ~C.H. Spurgeon

A lively hope = something to praise God about!

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  1. Amen!  Wonderful verses!  I really like the Spurgeon quote also.  The line “you will render to Him the praise which is His royal revenue” really impressed me.  When people think of robbing God, it is often in context of tithing, but how often do we rob God of praise?  “My hope is in the Lord, Who gave Himself for me, And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.  For me He died, For me He lives, And everlasting life and light He freely gives.” ~Norman J. Clayton, the first verse and refrain of his hymn “My Hope is in the Lord”

  2. My hope is in the Lord! Isn’t it amazing that when you meet a person who has that hope and joy bubbling in them, you instantly feel a connection? I am so thankful for this blessed hope I have! It is my joy, my solid Rock, my promise, my strength, my ability to endure trials, my peace and rest,  and my comfort. I also think this hope within draws people. Often I have people asked me why I am so happy! Once I met a lady at the gym who asked me if I go to a Christian church. When I said yes, she said, “I thought so. You have so much joy.” It is that hope within that allows it. I know that my hope in Him will keep me joyful and sweet until I close my eyes here and open them in Heaven.

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