What or whom are you putting your hope in?
Many today in the world and among God’s true children through Christ use the word hope. There are many methods of what and who our hope can be in today. Ourselves, others, and pleasures of this world. There were many voices in my own life I heard to put my hope in when I began searching for my completeness.
The word hope means confident expectation. Let us use the words confident expectation in the place of hope and check its meaning. I have a confident expectation that I, this person or thing will fulfill my completeness. Now let us use the word hope in their place. I have hope in myself, this person or thing will fulfill my completeness.
I went searching and the first thing I did was to put my hope or confident expectation of finding myself was in a person, and other people. I thought a person loving me all my life would truly complete me, after all God made man and woman to live together, and love one another through a family. I watched many movies, and read many books that matched my method of putting ones hope of finding their completeness, and love through people. “Jerry Maguire” is a great example when he told his wife, “You complete me,” and I too, like Jerry, felt a person or people could do the same for me.
First it was my parents, teachers, coaches, boyfriends, husbands, then bosses, and then children. Often I read a few books and watched many movies that claimed their families, friends, bosses, coaches, and children completed their search and was the purpose to fulfill their confident expectations of themselves or their hope for existence. That was easy because I loved spending time with them, loved helping them, and loved learning about them more than anything else so that method was very easy for me, especially when it came to my children. This did not last very long, because it put too much pressure on all of them when they wanted to be free, and not the reason for fulfilling my own expectation or confidence in myself.
They had their own journey in finding what to put their hope in, and I thinking it was them caused both of us many heart aches and lessons we did not need to go through. I want them in my life but I do not need them to define my completeness. It is amazing how many others in the world, and among God’s true children through Christ were, and are putting their hope in this same method. First I thought as many around me thought, this must be the way.
Then I began putting my hope in helping others as the way to finding my completeness. It worked for a short time, but still the whole was there, and this method only lasted as long as I was helping someone else. I began feeling like a hamster on a wheel doing good works but no change within my self was taking place, so I did more and more good works trying my best to fulfill this whole, and covered up my insecurities with humor. I was very busy, had many admirers, and I was fun to be around, but inside I was still searching. No one noticed because the good I was doing covered up my insecurities within myself. I learned to hide myself really well. Again it is amazing how many others too were putting, and still are putting their hope in this method in finding their completeness, in the world, and also among God’s true children in Christ. I thought at the time this must be the way.
Then I put my hope in pleasures of this world. If I only had enough money to buy my children all they needed, a house that fulfilled all I wanted, and what my family wanted for themselves. A porch, a big yard, a large bath tub, enough bedrooms, bathrooms, and a good neighborhood with good schools. Then I would be complete. If I only had a house, and when I got that house I wanted a vacation home. A house on the beach, a place on a lake, or a house in the mountains then I would be complete. I received some of these things, and I noticed many others were, and still are putting their hope in this method of completeness in the world, and too among God’s true children in Christ. At the time I thought this must be the way.
I have also put my hope in other living things such as pets. Many today do get their completeness in taking care of their pets, and having a relationship with them is much easier than having a relationship with a human. Some people receive more, and more pets until they have come to the point not one or two is enough so they invest their time and money into getting more, and different kinds.
Many love animals more than people because an animal can’t talk back, argue with you, or tell you a truth you need to face or hear. They only need food, love and care with no communication. All things internal can be hid from them, so many invest their hope in their pets completing their joy and love because they can hide the truth from them much easier.
I noticed others put their hope in the earth itself as being something that gives them their completeness. The earth, wind, water, plants, animals, and seasons of the earth bring them their completeness. They use the wisdom of the Indians for their way to follow. They put their hope in the earth itself for their completeness.
After putting all my hope in most of these methods myself I still was not complete, and there was still was something nagging at me deep inside I was missing, although I still did not know what it was.
Then the day had come to the end of my search. It is strange to find yourself lost and confused, when you think you are going the right way and then God appears by way of His Son through His Spirit, and He shows you how truly lost and confused you truly are putting your hope in so many people, and things other than Him and what He did for you on the Cross.
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.
I had been to church, I had done all the work, and I had no change within myself because I did not know God, and I had not received the Spirit of God to tell me what and who my hope was supposed to be in, Him, and Him alone. I truly had not been to the Cross by the gift of repentance through His Spirit, and I had not seen the difference His presence and grace makes in relation to myself, and the world I lived in. What we put our hope in does not come from this world, it comes from Him, and He is the only One that is bigger than ourselves and the world!
The Holy Spirit teaches us all things, even the deep secrets of God, Satan, the spirits of this world and the spirits in Heaven. Only when a person goes to the Cross, and gives their life to Him can a person receive the Spirit of God that opens up the understanding of His word without confusion so one can divide it correctly, and live the way in truth a person is to live.
Jesus said to his disciples:
John 14:25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
Only through the Spirit of His Son did I receive the love of God, not through my natural self. That is the only way I could know how much God loved me because only through the Son can I know, because only the Father loves the Son as we should be loved, and only does the Son have what the Father has.
The moment we receive Christ our journey begins in finding the end of that truth in who we are, and putting our Hope in Him only making us who we are through the rest of our journey here on earth. We know in that moment our soul only rest in Him, our hope only rest in Him giving us all we need of Himself every day because we have given Him our lives for everyday to live through. We know He is bigger than the world we live in.
He is the only One we put our hope in, because He is the only One that completes us through His presence we receive. Has His grace affected you that way? Has His grace given you the heart to repent of your sinful nature? Has His grace shown you the difference within yourself that separates you and the world you live in? Only through Him can we love God with all of our Soul, heart and mind, and only through Him can we be separated from this world into His, and love people with His interest and not our own.
Today the other people, the accomplishments, the pleasures, and the good works are like a shadow of hope compared to what He gives me of Himself. His faith, hope, and love completes me, fills me up, and then pours out on others with His truth of faith, hope and love He can only give! We may receive children, pets, husbands, vacation spots, accomplishments, and many blessings along with all the good works he does through us for others throughout our journey with him but they all can come and go. What He gives of Himself takes us through eternity, and fills us up now internally not needing any other method of this world, but Him to put your hope in.
1 John 3:1-3 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And this what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
Putting our hope in Him is the only hope that never fails in finding our completeness within ourselves. Those that have His hope purifies themselves, so they know the truth of who they are. He is the only One that came from God himself to show us God’s faith, love and hope that changes us by His presence. His love ends our journey of searching, and my hope is in Him that you too will find the end of your search so you may find Him sooner than I did. What kind of friend would I be if I did not tell you what He has taught me about who, and what we are to put our hope in?
If you see yourself as one of these people putting their hope in any other method the world shows or tells you, or yourself tells you, then the good news is you can repent by what He has given you through this message. Go to the Cross tell him you are through putting your hope in other people, and things of this world and you are ready to put your hope only in Him making you and molding you into the image He desires. He will forgive you, and give you the Spirit of truth to teach you He is all you need to put your hope in!! You will be taken past this world into His presence now through His Spirit, and your true life can begin! His presence is real!!
His faith, hope and love always.