Advent: Hope that won’t let go

I’ve hoped in a lot of things in my life. Hoped for a loving husband, a good job, healthy kids, and a purposed life. But in moments of loneliness, stress, illness, or failure I have only one hope that matters…I hope that God won’t let go. I hope in Him and His power that somehow He can hold it all together when I surely cannot.

This first week of Advent is all about hope. Here at I have 2 days of hope coming at ya. Welcome to day ONE!

Where we land on the time stamp of the universe means that we have the privilege of getting to know Christ through the New Testament scriptures and placing our hope in truth. We hope in the fact that scripture tells us our sin is cleansed on the cross, that our present struggles are battled with the help of the Holy Spirit, and that our Father’s love never runs out.  

Week 1, Day 1: We have hope because in Christ our Salvation is secure.

Open your bible to Romans chapter 8 and see what God has to say to you about hope.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering….in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1-4 NIV emphasis mine).

I’m going to stop right there.

That’s what our hope is all about. We. Hope. In. JESUS!

We trust that he was victorious on the cross and that He has not forgotten about us, He knows our every moment and is with us and will come again to bring us home. We have hope because Jesus cannot let go of us. We are too precious. Even when we are trying our hardest to let go of him, His grip of love is stronger than anything in this world.

“We do NOT hope in ourselves or our efforts or how many awesome things we do on this planet. We hope in the one who sets us free from sin and death — Jesus.” 

So we do NOT hope in ourselves or our efforts or how many awesome things we do on this planet. We hope in the one who sets us free from sin and death because we could not do it ourselves. And we hope in the fact that righteousness has been FULLY met in us when we trust our lives to Jesus because HE is fully righteous and good.

Anybody got goosebumps? We hope in His power and mercy. Not in our efforts. We are free from trying to be perfect. He’s got this when we don’t. And at least for me, that is good news.

Rest in that today, that your future is secure in Christ no matter what. You can’t shake off your salvation. It is already done. We are free! Now we get the honor of doing life with God. And we can sure put our hope in a life lived with Christ.

More on the Hope you can take to the bank coming on Advent: Hope Day Two….


Published by andreachatelain

I am a follower of Christ Jesus. Also, a wife to Dirk Chatelain and mother of three balls of energy; Luke is 5, Natalie 2, and Calvin 7 months. I currently work part-time as an English as a Second Language teacher at a local community college. In 2006, I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Journalism and Broadcasting, then went back for a Masters in Educations focusing on Secondary Language Acquisition for ESL and Spanish. (Can you tell I love words??) I am a pretty free spirit and love to listen to others' life stories. I learn so much from others and am inspired by their endurance. Other than spending my days with family, friends, and neighbors…I am finding a passion for gardening and cooking. There is something cathartic about watching God's creation grow from a tiny seed, and then, well, eating it. So far the bugs are staying away, but I will keep you posted.

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