Returning To the Stronghold of Hope
Over the years you will find that the Holy Spirit emphasizes different themes of God's Word to His people. Over the past few decades one of the truths being restored to the Body of Christ has been the "word of faith." In more recent years, the Holy Spirit has been highlighting the message of "hope."
In my own journey over the past decade, I have given myself to learning about hope. One of my goals in the next few years is to compose a book called Finding Hope to help many people process difficult times.
According to Webster's Dictionary, hope is defined as 1) to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment, 2) to long with expectation of fulfillment. Vine's Expository of Greek Words lists hope as "the favorable and confident expectation, the happy anticipation of good."
In my recent search, the Holy Spirit has directed me to the following as primary verses on the subject of hope.
Primary Scripture Verses
Zechariah 9:12 Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; this very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of thing hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Colossians 1:27 ...God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 ...as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Before we can ever walk in true Biblical faith, it is imperative that we first be a people of "hope," possessing a happy anticipation that something good is about to happen. The helmet of hope must be placed upon our minds, filtering what we hear and what we think, resulting in a healthy mental attitude and perspective in life.
Hope is a positive stronghold. We know about the negative affects of ungodly beliefs, but we must not end there. We must replace these old thought patterns with fresh strongholds impregnated with life that are a place of safety and well-being. One of these godly belief patterns is called the "stronghold of hope." We must put our helmets of salvation back on and refuse the bombardment of negativity.
Frankly, I have to practice this every day. I declare that something good is just about to happen. I pronounce that my joy is not dependent upon my external circumstances. I run to the enjoyable place that God is good all the time and His mercies endure forever!
• Two Pictures of Hope from Hebrews 6:17-20:
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
• Two Pictures of Hope Portrayed:
1. Hope is a place of refuge, like the cities of refuge in the Old Testament, where we run to and find safety and protection.
2. Hope is an anchor of the soul (mind, will, and emotions). A ship passes its anchor through the unstable element of water into the stable element of rock. The world in which we live is like the water – unstable, impermanent, insecure, ever-changing in it's form. But our hope in Christ is an anchor that passes out of eternity into time and fastens us to our foundation of bedrock below – to the "Rock of Ages."
Ways to Obtain Hope
1. Be a person of the Word of God!Romans 15:4 ...that through the perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
2. Lamentations 3:21-23 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul. "Therefore, I have hope in Him!"
3. Romans 15:13 ...[Through faith] the power of the Holy Spirit [enables us to] abound in hope.
Yes, we have a sure expectation of unending ages of glory in the presence of the Lord. But we do not have to wait till we arrive in Heaven – we get to bring Heaven to earth. Let us return to the Stronghold of Hope and receive a double portion from the Lord! I will hope in the Lord! Amen and Amen!
Blessings to each of you!
Dr. James W. Goll is the president of Encounters Network, director of Prayer Storm, and coordinates Encounters Alliance, a coalition of leaders. He is director of God Encounters Training – an e-school of the heart, and is a member of the Harvest International Ministries apostolic team. He has shared Jesus in more than 50 nations worldwide, teaching and imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. James is the prolific author of numerous books and has also produced multiple study guides and hundreds of audio and video messages. James was married to Michal Ann for 32 years before her graduation to Heaven in the fall of 2008. James has four adult children who all love Jesus, and continues to make his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
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