Hope is My Fuel

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130 

Holy Spirit I come before You today and seek wisdom, understanding, knowledge, discernment, and most of all strength through hope. I understand that my joy is my strength, but my joy comes from the knowledge of salvation and heaven and is built and grows on the premise of hope and faith. Your word says: Hope in the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it. Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. My soul longs for Your deliverance, but I hope in Your word. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed; His compassions do not fail. Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and so we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also boast in tribulation, knowing that tribulation produces patience, patience produces character, and character produces hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. So now abide faith, hope, and love, these three. But the greatest of these is love….It is Christ in you, the hope of glory. For what is our hope, joy, or crown of rejoicing? Will it not even be you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. [Psalm 37:34; 39:7, 119:81, Lamentations 3:21&22; Romans 5:1-5; 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Colossians 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 1 Peter 1:3] 

Praise be to You, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose me in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined me to be adopted as his son through Jesus, in accordance with His pleasure and will—to the praise of His glorious grace, which he has freely given me in the One he loves. In Him I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on me with all wisdom and understanding. And He made known to me the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In Him I was also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, so that I, who has the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. And I also was included in Christ when I heard the word of truth, the gospel of my salvation. Having believed, I am marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Amen. Ephesians 1:3-14