Day 494 – HOPE anchors the soul

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We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain
-Hebrews 6:19

We must flee for refuge in order to be anchored in the hope of heaven. We must have a living hope that flees from the lusts of this world and bears fruit for God. We must “deny ungodliness and worldly desires and live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Tit. 2:13). How easy it is for us to deceive ourselves, but “do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7).

And surely our hope must persevere. “Be faithful until death, and I will give you a crown of life” (Rev.2:10). But it is the hope of heaven itself that allows us to persevere! “Just as it is written, ‘For thy sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:36-37).

When we pray for others we try to pray for their greatest needs. Paul must have done this too, for he said in Ephesians 1:18-19, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” May it be so.

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