Many people have come to me and have asked me a number of questions regarding the anointing. Many times I have been able to give "escape" answers;the one that makes someone not to ask any further. But is that what God really wants from us? Escape answers? No beloved. So this caused me to go into an intensive study about the anointing of God.
There are many key terms and concepts in Scripture like faith, hope, love, joy, grace, peace, pleasing the Lord, etc. that we come across as we read our Bibles, but often these are just vague concepts for many people. The following study is designed to provide a condensed biblical explanation of hope as it is found in the Word of God. As time allows we will provide other such condensed studies on key terms, especially of the New Testament.
A Definition of Hope
What is hope? Is it a wishy washy maybe or a kind of unsure optimism? The modern idea of hope is “to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment; to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire.”
“You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. Instead of shame and dishonour, you will enjoy a double share of honour. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.” (Isaiah 61:6-8)
“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor (often translated troubles) to a door of hope.”
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
“Your road led by a pathway through the sea, a pathway no one knew was there!”
As I sit in my prayerroom this morning, I am drawn to the promise, “blessed are those that mourn”, and I hear loudly “TELL THOSE THAT MOURN THAT THE TIME OF THE LORDS FAVOUR HAS COME”. The time has changed. It’s a new season and there is turning of the page from mourning to upgraded joy.