Fresh Hope. A Study in Ezekiel 36 & 37 Ezekiel 36:31-35. Fresh Hope.
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Rom 5 3 We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. 4 And patience produces character, & character produces hope. 5 And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us. NCV
Hope: the confident expectation & anticipation of good, improvement or a positive end result to a desire.
33 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities & the ruins shall be rebuilt.
34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by.
35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; & the wasted, desolate & ruined cities are now fortified & inhabited.’
When we see progress, it strengthens hope within us. In order to see progress, we must recognize God’s work in our life, learn to be thankful for it and celebrate His work.
When God gets ready for you to take a new step or direction in His activity, it will be in sequence with what He has been doing in your life.
Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God
In recognizing His work, we can put down spiritual markers to see our life progress. These markers helps us to see how He builds your character & gives you direction in an orderly fashion with a divine purpose in mind.
Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God
2 Cor 3 17 Now, the Lord is the Spirit; & where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Cor 3 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Hope comes not as we grow, but as God grows in us, developing us into the image of Christ.
Eph 2 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Hope grows as we see the evidence of us doing God’s work. Idleness does not grow any hope.
2 Corinthians 9 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, & he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Rom 15 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance & the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Rom 15 5 May the God who gives endurance & encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus
Hope requires that we move through difficulty, and have some staying power in our faith. When we make it through hard times, we not only experience relief, but grow our hope.
Do I see the progress that God is making in my life?
Do I believe that God can make progress in my life?