Everyone needs hope. Being without hope is a sad state of life and perhaps one of the worst effects of the Fall of man and separation from a relationship with God who is the One true source of hope. It has been said that the only thing worse than insanity is hopelessness. We use another word to describe hopelessness or a loss of hope and that is discouragement. Discouragement in reality is a loss of hope. Hope is a confident and favorable expectation, an anticipation of good; and it gives us the feeling of what we desire will happen. We lose this when discouraged. We lose our courage and motivation when we lose hope. We can become lethargic, indifferent, sluggish, and even apathetic which are all signs of hopelessness. Two of the chief dangers of remaining in hopelessness can lead to are:

1. RECKLESSNESS – we do crazy and desperate things; things we’d never think of doing or that we ever thought we’d do.
2. NEGLECT- we do nothing; we give up, we withdraw and isolate ourselves and say “just leave me alone,” or “I’ll figure this out on my own.”

The Good News is our God is the God of hope. He can give us hope though the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit by His power can cause us to abound in hope; a hope that is excessive, overflowing, beyond measure, and beyond the ordinary. Hope means to anticipate with pleasure; a confident and favorable expectation of good. To abound or be abounding means to be in excess; to cause to increase or excel; to make or have enough and to spare.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

You can get your hope back and even abound in hope.


Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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