by Leslie J. Hartman
Ephesians 1:18 ICB says “I pray that you will have greater understanding in your heart. Then you will know the hope that God has chosen to give us. I pray that you will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious.” The other night, in my spirit, the thought came to me, “Do you not realize what’s inside of you?” As I was mulling this over, I came to some conclusions that I want to share with you.
What’s inside of us is Hope. Jesus paid a hefty price for us to have this Hope. We are defined by Jesus and the Hope that only He could give us. What’s inside of us is the Hope that gets us through every storm, tornado, and earthquake life throws at us. It’s Hope that keeps us anchored down to the Foundation we have built on our relationship with Christ while the seas toss to and throw. It’s that Hope that is with us in the middle of trenches on the battlefield, fighting our battles for us and alongside us, leaving not one person behind. Our Hope makes us sons and daughters of the King of Kings. Our Hope makes us peaceful and helps us keep our joy when everything is falling apart and the world is in disrepair.
Do you not realize? The Hope we have in Jesus makes us fearless to face the battles of life because we are not alone. The Hope we have in Jesus makes us praise God with one hand, while having a sword in the other because we know whatever happens, the victory is ours. Right now, this world needs this Hope, more than ever and it’s our job to share it. Do you not realize?
Leslie j. hartman, Author
Leslie is passionate about sharing Jesus with everyone she comes in contact with. She does this mainly through writing, making the world accessible for people with disabilities, and ministering to children in various ways. Feeling a call into the ministry at 14, she officially became a Licensed Minister in the Church of God of Prophecy in March 2020. Leslie holds a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Communication-Media Writing from Lee University. In May 2020, Leslie started The Kids Ministry with Ms. Leslie Facebook group to minister to children and families. Leslie also blogs at Lightning and Snowflakes and Leslie’s Library Escape. God has blessed Leslie with the best family and friends in the world and she loves working for Him.