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It is by faith in God that we come to the future that He has planned for us.
A future and a hope

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.

God has thoughts of peace for all of us, and He will give us a future and a hope. That’s why He sent His only begotten Son: so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16) It is by faith in Him that we can partake of peace and rest, and it is by faith that we have a future and a hope.

A promise for the future

The entire world is under the sway of the wicked one, and unbelief has gripped the nations. Most people only believe in what has been produced by human will. That is why they lose their future. Their lives are only guided by their earthlyRefers to everything of this earth, as opposed to heavenly things. Example: Earthly treasures/heavenly treasures. The earthly things pass away (are temporal), but the heavenly things are eternal. (Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:2; 1 John 2:17)... More desires. As long as things go their way, life goes well; but when things go against them, when situations come along that are hard for them to bear—something that happens constantly—their lives turn sour for themselves and those around them.

Everything revolves around their earthly needs. The vast majority of people are shut off to spiritual things that promise a future.

Abraham, on the other hand, believed the Lord, who accounted it to him for righteousness. (Romans 4:3) God was so enthusiastic about the fact that there was one person who believed in Him that He gave Abraham a promise right then and there regarding his descendants and a country. This promise was Abraham’s future.

Lot, on the other hand, lacked this same heavenly vision and desired the green meadows and the glory of this world. His choice was disastrous, and by making this choice he lost not only fellowshipFellowship means communion with other Christians who are living the same life that you are. It includes mutual edification and a unity in purpose and spirit that goes far deeper than friendship or human relationships. (1 John 1:7) We also experience fellowship with Christ when we overcome sin in the time of temptation just as He did when He was... More with Abraham, but he also lost his future. Just think of the possibilities he had. He could have simply brought their conflict to an end, and then continued to have fellowship with his uncle and have a share in his blessing. (You can read the story of Lot in Genesis 13:6-12 and Genesis 19)

Read more about the faith of Abraham here.

Make the right choices

May we who live in these days, with all kinds of choices available, make the right choice so that we, in the faith of Abraham, can enter into God’s promises that give us a future and a hope.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2.

We can see that we only have access to the grace that filled Jesus through this precious faith that Abraham possessed, and of which Jesus was the author and finisher. Do not believe in your own will or your own strength. Do not believe in the will of the fleshThe “flesh” is all of the sinful desires/temptations/lusts, etc. that dwell in human nature. It is the source of temptation, and nothing good dwells there. (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 7:18; Galatians 5:24; Romans 8:5) Other phrases meaning the same as the flesh include: the body of sin, sinful human nature, fallen human nature, sinful nature, fallen nature The term “flesh” can... More, neither in your feelings nor your human reasoning, but believe in the living God and His plans and future for you. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6. We must be completely conscious of this. We have to do with a God who lives! Our prayers must also be proof of it. By faith in Him we have access to the throne of grace“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16. Because Jesus was tempted, yet did not sin, it is possible for us to come to Him with boldness to receive grace. This grace is so we too shall not commit sin in our... More (Hebrews 4:16).

Where we have a future and a hope

Access to grace means access to what we need most in life: help and strength in the Holy Spirit so that we can overcome all the desires of the flesh and make the right choices in life’s many circumstances. This is where we have our future. The Spirit will teach us and remind us of all things, and if we are obedient to His voice we will partake of His peace—not as the world gives, but the peace with which Jesus came. This peace is not maintained by bullets and gunpowder, but by the power that radiates from someone who does not fulfill the lusts of the fleshThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More, but walks in the Spirit and does the will of God.

Let us be diligent to make use of the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16) This is our future and our hope. In this life we can also rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, divine natureGod’s nature, or divine nature, is perfectly pure and it cannot be tempted by evil. We are promised that we can be partakers of the divine nature by fleeing the corruption in the world that comes through our lusts. As we gradually overcome our sinful human nature it is replaced by divine nature – God shares His own nature with... More, which will accompany us into our future, which will endure for all eternity. In this power we can also glory in the midst of our tribulationsTribulations or trials refer to any event or situation that comes your way that tempts you to sin; that gives opportunity for sinful thoughts and temptations to rise up in you. The tribulation or trial arises when your mind to serve God struggles against your lusts to sin. It also often refers to difficult situations that test your ability to... More, for we know that tribulationTribulations or trials refer to any event or situation that comes your way that tempts you to sin; that gives opportunity for sinful thoughts and temptations to rise up in you. The tribulation or trial arises when your mind to serve God struggles against your lusts to sin. It also often refers to difficult situations that test your ability to... More produces patience, and patience a tried mind, and a tried mind, hope. We sense that such people exude peace, and they radiate a future and a hope—the very things that are God’s thoughts toward us.


This article has been translated from Norwegian and has been adapted from the article titled “A future and a hope,” first published in BCC’s periodical
Skjulte Skatter (Hidden Treasures) in February 2003.
© Copyright Stiftelsen Skjulte Skatters Forlag

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