Hope Christmas 14 Day Devotional - Day 11 - Hope Is Trusting God With Our Future



Day 11 - Hope Is Trusting God With Our Future

(Read Lamentations 3:19-26 )


We’ve all watched a game where the outcome seemed to be inevitable. One team is losing so badly that it would take a miracle for them to win. But suddenly the game changer happens: The play no one expected turns the tide and gives the losing team a renewed sense of hope.

That one play in that one game doesn’t just give us hope for that day, it changes our attitude toward every game after. The next time our team is struggling to make a comeback, we recall that game-changing moment and remind ourselves there’s still hope.

For Christians, salvation is the game changer. No matter what happens to us, we can always look back to the moment we asked Jesus into our lives and have hope knowing He saved us then and He will come through for us again.

No circumstance is too difficult for God to handle. There is nothing we’ve done wrong that He can’t make right. When we remember God’s past faithfulness, we can be reassured of His future provision.

Like the writer of Lamentations, we can look back at all God has done for us in the past and take hope in knowing that God won’t give up on us now. “[The Lord’s] compassions never fail. They are new every morning...” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Pray:

Jesus, thank You for delivering on Your promises. Because You’ve been faithful in the past, I can trust You with my future.

Reflect:
How has God been faithful to you in the past? What promises do you expect God will fulfill in the future?
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Hope Is (14 Day Christmas Devotional) We all want to believe something better is in store. And God knows we need more than gifts under the tree to find joy. What we need is hope. Created by NewSpring Church, this devotion will help you discover the power of hope and how it changes our view of everything in our lives. This devotion is available in the youversion app or online at: www.bible.com/reading-plans/1253-hope-is or www.harvestbakersfield.com

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Hope Christmas 14 Day Devotional - Day 10 - Hope Is a Necessity



Day Day 10 - Hope Is a Necessity

(Read Romans 5:1-5 )


Have you ever watched a baby learning how to crawl? He rocks back and forth until he can take one small inch forward. Sometimes this process takes a long time, but the baby is determined. He demonstrates perseverance and presses on until he masters the maneuver. Even when things don’t go as he first expects, he doesn’t give up or lose hope.

As people following Jesus, it’s essential to not give up. Hope keeps us moving forward, especially in those moments that don’t go as we expect them to go. That hope doesn’t come from ourselves, but from the Holy Spirit.

Hope isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. Hope is a non-negotiable as we follow Jesus in this life. We need hope because without it, we’d give up.

We will face trouble in this world and things won’t always go as planned. Addressing the church in Rome, Paul explained how God uses these times to help shape us: “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:4).

The more we face struggles in this life, the more our perseverance, character, and hope grows. Like the baby learning to crawl, we must to move forward with the hope that God is using our challenges to prepare us for bigger things to come.

Pray:

Jesus, thank you for showing us how to move forward in hope. Grow my perseverance, character, and hope in You.

Reflect:

How can the idea that Jesus is growing your perseverance, character, and hope in Him help to change your perspective in your current circumstances? ____________________________________________________________________
Hope Is (14 Day Christmas Devotional) We all want to believe something better is in store. And God knows we need more than gifts under the tree to find joy. What we need is hope. Created by NewSpring Church, this devotion will help you discover the power of hope and how it changes our view of everything in our lives. This devotion is available in the youversion app or online at: www.bible.com/reading-plans/1253-hope-is or www.harvestbakersfield.com

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Hope Christmas 14 Day Devotional - Day 9 - Hope Is Received



Day 9 - Hope Is Received

(Read Psalms 62:5-8 )


Our world teaches us that if we do the right things, we will be successful. If we study diligently in our younger years, we can get the job we’ve always wanted. If we take on more projects at work, we can get the promotion. If we teach our children correctly, they will be well behaved. If we spend time on our marriage, we’ll be better equipped to solve conflict. But when these formulas don’t hold true in every situation, we become discouraged.

We thought we could earn a brighter future, but reality often leaves us without hope.

In the book of Psalms, David teaches us that hope isn’t something we can manufacture on our own. God is the Giver of hope. Paul, a leader in the early Church, wrote to the people of Ephesus, “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Because Jesus gives us salvation, we receive hope from Him. When we give our life to God, He places hope in our heart. There is no magic formula that automatically fills us with hope. A gift is not something that is earned; it is freely given. The same is true for the gift of hope that Jesus offers. We need only to receive it. There is nothing we can do to extinguish His undivided love for us.

Pray:

Jesus, thank You for giving us not only salvation, but hope. Help me to look at my current circumstances with hope because You are with me.

Reflect:

Who in your life needs hope? Pray for that person below. ____________________________________________________________________
Hope Is (14 Day Christmas Devotional) We all want to believe something better is in store. And God knows we need more than gifts under the tree to find joy. What we need is hope. Created by NewSpring Church, this devotion will help you discover the power of hope and how it changes our view of everything in our lives. This devotion is available in the youversion app or online at: www.bible.com/reading-plans/1253-hope-is or www.harvestbakersfield.com

Hope Christmas 14 Day Devotional - Day 8 - Hope Is Eternal



Day 8 - Hope Is Eternal

(Read John 14:1-3 )


Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”?

Some days that’s easier to remember than others. When one child melts down in the grocery store over a pack of candy, it’s a lot easier to keep your cool than when two are crying and flailing uncontrollably. When your boss hands you one urgent task, it’s easier to stay calm than when you’re hit with three work emergencies at once.

For followers of Jesus, it is possible to take comfort in the midst of anxiety. In John 14:1-3, we’re told that what we experience on earth is not the end. Jesus is coming back for us, and the hurt we experience in this life will feel like a vapor compared to the joy and peace we experience in eternity with Him. The hope we have in Jesus extends far beyond the relational heartbreak, financial stress, and overwhelming jobs we experience every day.

When Jesus comes back, our hope will be complete and fulfilled. We don’t have to live in fear because Jesus already died on the cross, rose from the dead, and conquered fear. The peace we’ll experience in eternity with Jesus is going to be so much greater than the worries we experience today. Thinking about His eternal hope doesn’t change our circumstances, but it does change our perspective of what’s happening here and now.

Pray:

Jesus, thank you for offering hope for a life that lasts beyond the worries of this life. Help me to remember Your eternal hope when I start to become overwhelmed by worry.

Reflect:

What is the “small stuff” in your life that keeps you focused on stress and worry of today? How does Jesus’ promise to come back change your perspective on the stresses in your life?
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Hope Is (14 Day Christmas Devotional) We all want to believe something better is in store. And God knows we need more than gifts under the tree to find joy. What we need is hope. Created by NewSpring Church, this devotion will help you discover the power of hope and how it changes our view of everything in our lives. This devotion is available in the youversion app or online at: www.bible.com/reading-plans/1253-hope-is or www.harvestbakersfield.com