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Thought and Prayer for Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday, March 04, 2019

March 4, 2019 REST IN HOPE

Hope is probably an overused and misunderstood word. We hope we get a raise at work. We hope someone will come to an event or party. We hope we can lose weight. However, when we hope for something worldly, we are often disappointed. Not because it didn’t come true but because it came true and we still weren’t satisfied or it didn’t turn out as planned. True satisfaction and peace comes only from hope in God. We can rest in confident hope knowing God is with us, He will help us and He will give us all we need.

SCRIPTURE:
Acts 2:26 “No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you are hopeful for.
2. List the things and people you put your hope in.
3. Know God can only truly give you what you need.
4. Decide today to put your hope in God.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, help us to put our hope only in You. We know the things of the world and even the people of this world will let us down. We know hope in You will carry us through the good times and the bad. We know hope in You will give us strength and courage as well as peace and rest. Thank You for the promise that if we put our hope in You, You will take care of all our needs. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We need to remember God’s plans for us are good and put our hope only in Him.

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (NLT)

When we put our hope in God we will find new strength to continue to do His will.

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)

When we open our hearts to God, He will help us understand how to put our hope completely in Him.

FOCUS:
Ephesians 1:18 “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” (NLT)
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