|©08/10/2001 Jim Welch
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A message of hope
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A message of hope is like a breath of fresh air in a time when the world's spiritual atmosphere is polluted with the spiritual poisons of melancholy and depression.
12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
The evil one has an agenda of discouragement; he seeks to discourage all who have the love of God; taking away the wind of zeal from their sails.
1 Corinthians 9
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
Hope and optimism restores zeal to those who live a life where the air is polluted with the smog of self pity and self centeredness.
1 John 1
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1 John 3
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
The wind of zeal, the Holy Wind, brings hope and zeal into our wretched lives.
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
The name Holy Spirit literally means, The Holy Breath or Wind.
The word Spirit is
translated from the greek word pneuma pnyoo'-mah
a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit.
Jesus said, "The wind blows where it will, and you hear its sound but do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Holy Spirit."
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.