Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 17th, 2020
Hope: Its Model
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 John 3:2-3 (NKJV)
Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)
Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (NKJV)
God's Word is clear: Jesus Christ is our Hope.* He is hope's Model and definition. His lifestyle shows us where hope is best found, what we're commissioned to do with this hope, and how to keep hope alive in bad times.

SO WHERE IS HOPE BEST FOUND? In communion with the Lord, in Bible studies, stories and heroes, in messages from His Holy Spirit, in strong friendships with encouraging kin... and wherever you find inspiration.

While we are transformed into Christ's Image (a lifeline, glory-to-glory process), we must purify ourselves continually. How? Recognizing and repenting from sin: not only ours but sin in others... as in not hanging with hardened sinners.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS HOPE? Faithfully, we do our Father's business. We serve. We love. We carry Good News. We lend a kind ear to depressed people, who eventually ask our secret: The One Who keeps us hopeful and joyful.

Because when conduct is exceptional, sparks of curiosity warm watchers.

HOW DOES HOPE LIVE THROUGH HARM? Hope comes from God, and He is unending. Not only that, He loves to overcome impossible odds with happy endings. But we must diligently do our part:

Follow our Model's matter what.

## Hope: Its Model (Part 5)

* 'This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the Command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope' (1 Timothy 1:1, NLT).

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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