Hope seeks to encourage you in your walk with Jesus, specifically through prayer and devotionals.
In the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth and all of the things in it. When God created people, he gave us free will. That means we can choose to walk in God’s ways or we can choose to turn from Him. Choices led to evil entering the world but, originally, God made a perfect and peaceful world.
God is good. But if we’re His creation, why are we so bad? When we try to do what’s right, our desire for sinful things often takes over. If God doesn’t like evil, why does He allow it to exist?
Being a Christian involves turning away from sin; however, we still mess up sometimes. We can learn to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit to avoid sin. Here are five tips for avoiding sin.
It is very important to let go of your past sins. If you have faith that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, you don’t need to feel guilty. After you go to God and confess, or agree, that you have done wrong the Bible says God forgives you and cleanses you from all unrighteousness.
Who would you rather be like: A preacher who showed up to God’s house bragging about his own goodness? Or the humble criminal who knew he was unworthy and desperately needed God’s forgiveness?
Have you been praying for something? Although it might sometimes feel like God does not hear your prayer, Scripture and experience help us know that God loves to answer “yes” to the requests of His children. Sometimes His answers are not what we expect, but He promises to supply the needs of His beloved children.
Have you been praying hard for God to work in your life? Scripture tells us that God hears our prayers; yet we might wait years for His answers. Eventually, though, His response can be greater than anything we can expect.
Sometimes God gives us exactly what we ask for, when we ask for it. But when His answers don’t come right away, it’s often because He has something much better for us.
Does it sometimes feel like your prayers are not making it past the ceiling? How can we be sure God is listening?
The Bible tells us that God answers prayer, and yet we don't always get what we pray for. Why not?