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Overflowing With Hope


As Christ followers, our hope is Jesus!  Paul says in Titus 2:11-15, "For the God of grace has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that hare his very own, eager to do what is good."  We know that Jesus came to the earth, born of a virgin, to live a perfect life even while facing temptations to sin like we face today.  But our hope, Jesus, never gave in to the temptations .  Jesus never sinned.  We know that Jesus gave His perfect life as a sacrifice for our sins so that we might taste redemption from God and experience everlasting salvation.  Our hope is Jesus!  When Jesus was laid in the tomb, Satan and many in the world believed that hope was lost or that hope was gone for the Christ followers.  However, God raised Jesus from the dead, and through His resurrection Jesus defeated sin and defeated death for us!  Our hope is Jesus!  Just as Paul encouraged Titus with the message of hope in Jesus, he also encouraged the church in Rome with this same hope.  Jesus is alive, and He lives within us.  God gives us joy and peace so that we "may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!"  Walk in this truth today, Christ follower.  Live your life, overflowing with hope, so that others may see Jesus and know Him personally as their very own hope.

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