As we entered this year 2021, I prayed and asked God for a word or scripture. But instead I woke up with a song in my Spirit. I could not shake this song. It was lingering in me, and it goes something like this;
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
When darkness veils his lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
His oath, his covenant, his blood
Supports me in the ‘whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay
What a beautiful and meaningful old hymn! So anointed that this hymn is even more relevant today than when it was written in 1834. Wow!! There also a more recent version by Hillsong called “Cornerstone”.
The key words that stood out to me were “our hope anchored in Jesus’ blood and righteousness”. YES!!! That is it!!! This is our eternal hope! This is our hope in the storm, in this pandemic.
So many have lost loved ones this year, so many have been face to face with this evil, disgusting virus and many people have lost their livelihoods. We are seeing people give up because they have lost hope. There is a pandemic of hopelessness now hitting the earth. The world around is growing very dim, getting darker and darker, BUT at the same time this also means it’s time for the church to arise and shine, for the light of our Lord Jesus to beam brighter and brighter.
Isaiah 60:1 (NKJV): Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
I believe we need to focus and keep our eyes fixed on JESUS and His finished work! Our hope anchored in Him and in all Jesus accomplished at the cross . He is our eternal hope. Nothing on this earth can take that away or destroy our hope, our faith, our standing in Jesus.
We have HOPE as children of God and that is something the world does not have. The world has hope in people, themselves, governments, economies etc. The more we look to the news and media and the things of this world, hopelessness and helplessness is sweeping across the earth.
The world is going to look to us as children of God, to the CHURCH because we have something they so desire and need and that is HOPE!
The Hebrew word for hope is Tikvah which translates ‘expectation’ and can also mean a cord or a rope. We get to have a good expectation of the future with our eyes on Jesus’ finished work. The root word for hope in Hebrew means to bind together or wait.
Tikvah (hope) is a rope that we can hold on to when the world seems out of control.
Hope in Jesus and His finished work anchors us, anchors our flesh, anchors our feelings, anchors our emotions, anchors our fears and anxieties! Because we have good expectation for our future … why… because Jesus!!! Because He died for us. So what will He then not do for us in this situation?! He is good and He is faithful!
Hebrews 6:19 (AMP): This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it] – a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells]
This hope is an anchor for our soul.
I watched some footage of an anchor in action in a raging storm with a boat being tossed to and fro. The storm looked scary, it looked like the boat was done for, but no matter how aggressive the storm was, the boat did not move! The boat certainly felt the wind and rain but it did not move anchor.
Anchors prevent a ship from being swept away by wind or waves. What’s interesting, is that anchors are often placed away from the ship, some distance away, securing it to a reef, shore, or the dock.
Just as the anchor which holds a ship is not in the exact same place as the ship itself, our hope is not in this world. Rather, it is in a holier, greater place. Our hope is where Jesus is! He is seated at the right hand of the Father! Fully favoured, fully loved and totally provided for and VICTORIOUS! This is our hope and this victory and provision is ours in Jesus!
It says in His word “as Jesus is so are you – 1 John 4:17”. See yourself with Jesus! That is what He died to give you. Full access to His victory, His favour, His provision. That is our HOPE!
Hebrews 10:23 (ESV): Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Speak the finished work over your circumstance today! Speak to Jesus and give Him your cares and worries and hurts! He is with you and He is always faithful to His word!
You may see the storm but keep your attention on Him, you may even feel it but hold on to His promises. This storm will not destroy you, it will not sink you, your household will NOT be moved, in Jesus name! We have an eternal hope that nothing on this earth can take away or destroy!
I declare today you have a hope and a future! You are anchored in the Beloved, you are the head and not the tail, you have victory over every situation. You are fully loved and fully favoured! There is a better day on its way. You are covered in the blood of Jesus and no weapon formed against you will prosper, in Jesus name.
By His grace alone
Love Tara x