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What gives the heart hope? Where does it come from? Why is hope so needed for the soul? I believe every soul needs hope. Hope is the lifeline that fuels our spirit to continue forging forward, even when circumstances around us seem hopeless. Hope is the fire within our hearts that enables one to be able to take that step of faith. Hope is what brings reassurance to your spirit equipping you to remain steadfast; knowing the outcome of your hope will not disappoint you.

As I searched for answers to my questions, God led me to the Scriptures in Luke 23:26-43. In these Scriptures, we are taken to the crucifixion of Jesus and the two criminals.

Luke 23:39- 43 “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!’ But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence?’ We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’”

Look at the heart of the criminal who turned to Jesus and said “remember me when you come into your kingdom.” This criminal has been crucified for his deeds, and as he hung on the cross, he turned his heart towards the One who was Hope and who could give him hope in this dismal situation. His hope wasn’t generated by what he could conjure up, nor was it obtained through possessions. The criminal’s hope was generated when he fixed his eyes on Jesus who carried the title of Hope.

How many times have we been told to place our hope in our professions, monies, possessions, and even certain persons; yet to only find that in each circumstance, their dependability was insufficient to our needs causing our hearts to fill with anxiety, worry, and depression?

Jesus is the hope for the lost soul. The criminal knew his time on earth would be coming to a close and where he would spend eternity would depend upon this moment in his life. He looked to Jesus placing his heart into his asking him to remember him. Jesus is our hope. He is the one we should turn to and look upon just as the criminal did. He is the One who gives the heart hope knowing that when our time on earth has come to a close, we will rest in assurance of where we will spend eternity; with Him in His Kingdom.

Jesus is the lifeline of hope for our spirit to continue, to persevere forward no matter what circumstances are impacting you. The criminal knew in his heart Jesus was the lifeline he needed during his unbearable circumstance. It is the same for you and me. Jesus is our lifeline of hope in times of unbearable circumstances – when we think we cannot go on another moment He fills our heart with hope. This hope enables us to continue to keep on keeping on, resting in the assurance that He would work out all details of this matter for our good and His Glory.

Finally, Jesus is the fire within our hearts that enables us to take the step of faith. The criminal took his step of faith when He looked to Jesus and asked Him to remember Him. In his mind, he had nothing to lose. All he ever had and obtained would be gone, but in the one instant the fire within his heart said, “If I so dare to be bold and step out in faith, I wonder if He would respond to me?” Do you know what? Jesus did! He also does so with us. When we step out in our hope of faith, Jesus always responds. I realize as some of you are reading this, it has struck a chord deep within your soul. Perhaps, just reading the one line and realizing the insurmountable task that is before you can be accomplished because Jesus is waiting for you to take that step of faith with Him. You can trust Him. When you take the step of faith to whatever He is asking you to do, just know He will not only meet you but respond to you.

How I pray this Easter, you realize Jesus Christ as the One who is your Hope. He is the One who will never fail you. He is the One who will never leave you nor forsake you. He is the One who carries the title of Hope. He is HOPE. He is the One I’ve come to Hang On to the Promises of El Shaddai (God Almighty.) H.O.P.E and how I pray you do the same.

Many blessings to you and your family for Christ has Risen and He is our HOPE.

Melissa

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