(PART 1) When God's promises are delayed or die, our hearts can lose hope. Self-pity then tempts us to mistrust God. "But God" is faithful; He will fulfill His Word. READ: Gen. 37:3-28; Gen. 45:3-13; Ps. 145:14-21; Prov. 13:12; 2 Cor. 1:20-22; Heb. 10:35-39. HEART ISSUE: Have you lost hope in God's promises to you? Are you caught in self-pity or moving forward with God? PRAYER FOCUS: Father, forgive me for losing hope. Today I choose to trust You and to use my gifts for Your kingdom. Amen. (PART 2) "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Heb. 11:6). Without hope, faith lacks direction and strength. To persevere in Christ, we must learn to renew our hope. READ: Ps. 33:20-22; Lam. 3:21-26; Rom. 4:13-24; Rom. 5:1-5; Ps. 73:26; Heb. 11:1-6. HEART ISSUE: What causes you to lose hope? Does your life reflect mostly faith or mostly fear? PRAYER FOCUS: Father, show me where I need renewed hope to exercise greater faith. Amen. Read a companion article.
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