A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can KNOW the CONFIDENT HOPE He has given to those he has called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Ephesians 1:18
The story of Joseph is one of the greatest examples of a long suffering hope and seeing a promise fulfilled. Joseph could have given up hope at any time, but by giving up his hope he would have forfeited the place God prepared not only for him, but also for for the nation.
How many times when God has given us a dream or a vision of what He is promising He will do is that very vision threatened with opposition after opposition.
But what a gift that God would give us the hope we will need to walk toward that promise. A dream which is a vision by God requires His power and grace to bring it forth. When He shares that with you, it’s the very seed for hope to strengthen you through the opposition the enemy has already planned against you.
God gave Joseph two dreams of His future. I personally think God gave Joseph these visions so early because He saw what the enemy was already doing through seeds of jealousy, favoritism, and hatred. The family was already allowing the enemy in to cause opposition and threaten the plans God had for this family. God is always looking out for His children.
God’s plans are always good. The end result is a masterpiece that we can’t begin to fully grasp. God had His plans for Joseph, and He saw what the enemy was plotting. BUT God gave Joseph visions, a hope, that would carry Joseph through the most unimaginable times. Times that would be used to build a foundation of character and victory!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
What visions/dreams has God shown you?
Have they been let go of? Forgotten? Talked out of being real or even from God?
Be encouraged that God defines faithfulness. God is the author of faith and the creator of hope. What He designs, plans, says, and gives is for us to walk in!
There is no one else that is so full of joy to see you walk in the promise that God himself has prepared and fulfilled for you! He creates the beautiful things that you have and He makes ways where there seems to be none. In Him, you have all you need.
Those needs aren’t to barely scrape by that just fulfills you either… You can have all you need that fulfills His plans that overflow into others plans! The connections He knits together in your life are for His plans to be fulfilled in all of your lives!
May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you TRUST in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW WITH HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
He provides hope to hold onto, faith to stand on, and provision to keep you!
Your surroundings and circumstances may not seem like provision, but most assuredly His provision is there… You may not see it yet, but hold fast to what He has shown you and what He has spoken to you EVEN IF the world laughs at you, mocks you, or foolishly no longer believes God is who He says He is. EVEN WHEN your mind and body speak otherwise!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:1-2
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. Isaiah 40:31
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. Ephesians 4:1-4
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
Hold to the hope He has given to you.