Today’s Monday Motivation starts with a message about our Lifeline theme, “You Keep Hope Alive.”

Romans 15:13 (ESV) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

What is hope? As a noun, hope is: “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen…“a feeling of trust”…“grounds for believing that something good may happen.”

As a verb, hope or hoping is “wanting something to happen or to be the case…intend to do something; cling to a possibility.”

Romans 15 concludes Paul’s teaching that those strong in faith ought to sacrifice their own desires to live in harmony with other believers. Paul shows that God always planned to welcome the Gentile nations, and his mission is to introduce Gentiles to the message of salvation by faith in Christ. He’s letting all know that the hope God represents is not limited to a certain few; since salvation is for all, then hope is for all.

Why is God the God of hope?  Because of the evidence of Christ’s death and resurrection. His triumph over sin and death. (“You keep hope alive, Jesus, you are alive!) His gift of the Holy Spirit, our advocate, who is with us and allows to always have hope in our future in eternity, with Him. Christ with us and in us IS, as Paul writes in Colossians 1:27, the “hope of glory.”

This is not just a New Testament revelation. Jeremiah 29:11 told us that God’s plans for us are to prosper us and not harm us, to give us a hope and a future.

Jonathon shared Patricia Raybon’s “Hearing Us from Heaven,” reminding us that our Heavenly Father hears our prayers. Read it by clicking here.

Name something you might rent on a sunny day:
1- Boat (34 votes)
2- Car/Convertible (19)
3- Umbrella (14)
4- Bike (12)
5- Movie (9)
6- Jet Ski (3)

Congratulations to Shanna from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening!