Silence and stillness before God (2 Min)

Read Philippians 3:12-4:1

How to take hold, Step 5

Verses 20-21
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals.
When he was in the peak of his training he consumed 12,000 calories a day and swam over 50 miles a week, all to win a prize. It’s amazing how the possibility of a prize can motivate a man to do great things.
Phelps’ hope for victory was uncertain and a possible goal, but our hope is in a certainty. Paul is revealing to us our motivation, which is not a possibility but a hope that is anchored in reality. Our citizenship is in heaven, and we will be transformed into glory, like Jesus. Such a hope gives us courage to call each other brothers and sisters, to love deeply and to stand firm in the Lord.

“I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope.”
― Cornel West

How does hope give you courage to stand firm in God’s grace?
How do you receive and give hope to those around you?


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