Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, May 7th, 2020
Hope: Captivates The Chosen
Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.
Zechariah 9:12 (NKJV)
I love the phrase, 'You prisoners of hope.' It seems like such an incongruity.

Can we be held captive to a feeling? Sure. Lust is a captivating feeling, and it locks down a whole lot of people.

Even so, hope is more than a feeling. It's a vision that good things are coming. When we add faith to the vision, watch out! Hope's fulfillment is on its way to us.

In physical terms, innocent Christians are held in prisons all over the world. We pray for them as brothers and sisters.

But for most of us, hope's imprisonment is a deep spiritual commitment to live our lives as bondservants and slaves... serving the hope of our calling in Christ.

Our confinement isn't solitary. God's Holy Spirit is always present, along with countless other believers. This prison's fellowship is glorious.

We prefer this voluntary lockdown to every so-called 'free' pleasure of earth. Because we're aware of a troubling truth: The world's temptations put us in bondage, while submission to Christ brings us freedom.

## Hope: Captivates The Chosen (Part 26)

* Verses regarding the Apostle Paul's literal imprisonment and hope: specifically, the price, penalty and promise of Paul's hope.

* 'For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews' (Acts 26:7, NKJV).

* 'Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up' (Acts 27:20, NKJV).

* 'For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain' (Acts 28:20, NKJV).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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