The vision of my friend, Linda, a second year student at Charis Bible College, is improving steadily. Born prematurely, too much oxygen in the incubator robbed her of sight. Until the age of twelve she was not well enough to attend school. By age fifteen, with the help of a tutor, she had achieved grade level and has continued to succeed academically. An inspiration to everyone around her, Linda begins each new day expecting victory.
The Apostle Paul described faith as substance and evidence of whatever we hope for. (Hebrews 11:1) Our faith is the key that opens the way to experiencing the reality of our quest. The Word of God is alive and powerful. Combined with the faith of the Son of God it cannot fail to produce excellent fruit. Whether the current battle concerns a relationship, a financial or physical or any other need, in Christ we will triumph. (2 Corinthians 2:14)
Desire and hope come first. Paul encouraged the Philippians to ignore the negative and focus on the positive, on truth. (Philippians 4:8) The Word of God is true. If man voices an opinion that does not line up with His truth, one is not accurate. I choose God.
Believers can abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. To abound is over-the-top expecting results. The prayer in Romans 15:13 calls for each one to be filled with joy and peace as we anticipate victory. As long as there is breath in our bodies, we need hope.
Anything that tries to come against us has zero ability to succeed.(Isaiah 54:17) The icicles that bar my window will melt in the Colorado sunshine. The attacks of Satan are equally futile. Father God tells us the battle is His. With God fighting for His children we can rest in the strong hope that is ours.