A Nugget from New Life Network
(excerpts from Dr. Larry Ollison)
Scripture for the Day (August 6, 2018)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
God’s Word tells us that we are to hold tightly and not release the confession of our hope. We must believe that God is willing and able to meet our every need. We must never doubt His promises and we must never doubt that His promises are for us.
The Hebrew word used for hope in the Old Testament is “yachal” which means to wait, be patient, to tarry, and to trust. The Greek word for hope in the New Testament is “elpizo” which means to anticipate or have confident expectation.
A lady in my church once approached me with a problem. She wanted prayer. She wanted deliverance from the problem that had entangled her for years. After explaining the problem to me in great detail, she looked at me and said, “Do you think there is any possibility that God can solve this problem?”
At that point I showed her a promise in God’s Word that pertained to her situation. When she saw God’s promise in His Word, I could see her countenance change. Suddenly she had hope that help was on its way.
When the world approaches us with a problem, we must give them hope. We must instill in them God’s answer to their problem. And God’s answer is found in His Word. When we speak His Word and give them hope, then they will feel like help is on its way. They may not be in faith, but they have hope and if they continue in their belief and confession of hope without wavering, then their confession of hope will become rhema in their heart and faith will be born.
Romans 5:5 tells us that hope does not disappoint. This is a principle in God’s Word that we must remember as we witness to the world. Hope brings peace and is an anticipation of the deliverance that is on its way. Hope will encourage and give joy and strength to the oppressed.
When someone’s back is against the wall and it looks like there is no way out, hope delivered by a man or woman of God will bring freshness and peace to the heart of the oppressed. We must always remember that hope is a Godly quality and is a result of His promise spoken to the hopeless. The great thing about that is that a hopeless person does not necessarily need a man or woman of God to speak to them. If they have a Bible the Holy Spirit can speak to them personally by them just reading the Word because the Word is quick (alive) and it can discern your condition and speak directly to you about that.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)