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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Hebrews 6:19

Hebrews 6:19

We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. – Hebrews 6:19 (Holman)

What keeps you steady when things get tough? Where do you turn when life isn’t going like you planned? What keeps you going when you feel like you can’t make it anymore?

That thing that keeps you going when all else seems lost is hope. Hope keeps us going when we feel we can’t make it anymore. Hope keeps us moving forward towards our dreams and calling when we don’t feel like it.

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Hope is what keeps us steady. The good news is that as Christians, our hope is in Jesus. If our hope is in Jesus, we know that it can’t be shaken. So no matter how tough what you’re facing might seem, you can take comfort in the fact that your hope is secure. Jesus has your back.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Isaiah 40:31

Teen Daily Devotiona nd Bible Verse on Jesus being our hopebut those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Do you ever have a hard time staying encouraged? Especially when it feels like nothing is going right in your life? If you do, you’re not alone. We all face times when it’s just simply hard to keep going.

However, no matter how bad things are at home and how difficult it feels to be happy, you’ve got to encourage yourself by knowing that Jesus came to bring you hope.

Today’s Truth: Jesus Came to Bring You Hope

Our lives are going to have problems. We’re going to have days that don’t go well. That’s part of living here on earth. However, we don’t have to lose hope even when things are tough.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion for Teens on JEsus being our hopeInstead, we can go to Jesus. In the Bible, we are told that our hope should be in the Lord.

We don’t hope in other people. They might let us down. We don’t hope in our situation changing. No, as children of God we hope in God.

The good thing about hoping in God is that God can’t let you down. God’s promises always come to pass. So today, if you’ve given up hope, be encouraged. This isn’t the end. God will come through for you. It might take longer than you want or think it should, but God always comes through for those who hope in Him.

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Daily Devotion and Bible Verse – Hebrews 11:1

Teen Devotion and Bible Verse on Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

Faith can sometimes seem like a confusing subject. You can wonder what is faith? Or maybe how do I know if I have faith? This Bible verse helps sort out some of the confusion by defining what faith is.

According to this verse, faith is the evidence of things not seen. Simply put, faith is a lot like your TV. Many times, TV shows will tell you about other countries that are far away from where you live, places that you have never been to and have not seen for yourself. You simply have to believe or have faith that the places your TV shows you exist. You’ve haven’t seen them, yet you believe they exist based on what you see on TV.

That’s exactly what this Bible verse is showing us. There are promises in the Bible that we can’t always see with our physical eyes. Even though we can’t see them, we have to choose to believe that those promises are true. It’s just like how we have to believe the places we see on TV are real.

Faith isn’t complicated, it is just believing the things you read in the Bible are true.

 

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Hebrews 4:18

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion on Hope for Teens and Youth

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” – Romans 4:18 (NLT)

What do you do when the situation around you feels so helpless that you feel you don’t even have a reason to hope? Maybe your boyfriend dumped you, or you don’t have a date to the school dance. Perhaps a friend you love passed away or some other bad thing happened to you. Regardless of the details, we all face situations where things seem hopeless.

Abraham in the Bible was no different. He faced a situation that seemed hopeless. The Bible said he had no reason to hope. But Abraham did an awesome thing. Despite how hopeless his situation seemed, Abraham choose to hope in God. He chose to believe what God had said instead of what he saw around him.

Abraham hoped when he didn’t have any reason to. That’s good news for us. It tells us that no matter how hopeless our situation seems, we can still find hope. Our situation is never too far gone for God to turn it around. So take comfort today in the fact that your situation isn’t too hopeless for God!

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Peter 1:21

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion on Faith in God for TeensThrough him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:21

Where do you put your trust? Is it in getting a good job after you finish school and making a lot of money? Is it by dating a really important person? Is it getting a basketball scholarship to a good college? Where do you put your trust? What are you looking for when you search for success?

Today’s Bible verse talks about having your faith and hope in God. God raised Jesus from the dead and glorified him, so is it really that crazy for us to put our hope and faith in God? Sometimes, when it comes down to it, it can be hard to put your hope and faith in something that you can’t see.

Read: What Canoes Teach Us About Hope

It can be easier to trust in money, or a relationship because they are things you can see. However, real faith is just believing God and taking Him at His word. So challenge yourself today to not trust in things that you can’t see, but to put your trust in God. God is the one who won’t let you down and who won’t fail you. Challenge yourself to trust Him today!

 

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Hebrews 6:19

Daily Devotion and Bible Verse on Hope after a loss

Today’s Daily Bible Verse and Devotion

We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. – Hebrews 6:19 (HSCB)

Several months ago, a family member that was close to me passed away. In the time shortly after they passed, I discovered this verse, which brought me a lot of comfort. So in today’s daily devotion, I’d like to share a little bit about what God taught me through this verse.

The first thing I saw in this verse is that we have hope. As Christians, we have hope in the midst of loss. If the person who passed away knew Jesus than we know we have hope. We know that one day we will see that person again in heaven.

The great thing about having hope in a time of loss is that it holds us steady. This verse also talks about our hope being like an anchor. When we have hope of heaven, it anchors us. Even though we experience emotions of loss, anger and sadness, we can stay steady without losing it. We can know that we have a hope that others don’t have. We know that we will see our loved one again.

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So whether you’ve recently suffered a loss, or not, you can take comfort in knowing that there is hope. When we put our hope in Jesus we don’t have to be sad or experience a melt down when someone close to us passes away. We have a hope that anchors our lives, that is Jesus.

What Canoes Teach Us About Hope

Teen Devotion and Youth Group Lesson on Hope

When you’ve got a great talent or ability people will often ask you when you realized you were able to do your talent. I discovered my “talent”, or lack there of at the age of ten. I was at a summer camp with some friends and during a free time at the camp, a friend and I decided to take a canoe out on the lake. It was fun, we paddled and talked and had a great time. When we were about in the middle of the lake, we heard the camp’s bell. The bell was telling us that our free time was over and we needed to go to the next scheduled activity. 

My friend and I began trying to turn our canoe around. We realized in a few minutes that we weren’t able to turn the canoe around. We tried and tried and tried, but no matter how hard we tried we weren’t able to turn our canoe around. And in that moment, I realized how bad I was at steering a canoe.

In canoeing and in life there’s often times where we need to turn it around or we need to course correct. Sometimes we might see something coming up ahead and realize that we need to change our course. Or perhaps, we see a dream, goal or vision that God has for our lives but we don’t know how to get there.

How Do We Get There?

So how do we do it? How do we get from where we are now to where we want to be? How do we stay motivated and keep moving toward our goal even when our goal seems too far away and we begin to wonder if we can ever get there?

Hope is what keeps us focused and moving toward our God given dreams and goals. Hope is what motivates us when things get tough and we want to give up. In the Bible, the disciples faced a situation where they wanted to give up hope.

but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. – Luke 24:21 (NIV)

In this passage, the disciples were sharing their feelings and said they had hoped. They had given up on hope since Jesus had died. They were feeling really discouraged and didn’t know what to do next.

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How do you turn a bad situation around?

One of the most important things to do when you’re in a tough situation is to not give up on hope. Hope is very important to accomplishing your dreams and goals, so let’s look at a few reasons why.

Hope = Direction.

If you lose your hope, you lose all direction in life. If you were in a canoe and you dropped your paddle, you’d be in trouble. Without the paddle, you’d have nothing to steer you. Hope is the same for us in life. Without hope, we have nothing steering and driving us toward our goals and dreams in life. If we give up our hope, we give up our direction.

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Hope = Anchor.

When you’re boating an anchor is important. Without it, you could run aground or drift off course. An anchor helps keep you in place. In life, it’s no different. We need something secure and something to help hold us steady. A secure anchor for our lives is Jesus.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain – Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

Many times in life our emotions, feelings and circumstances can try to drift us off course. We have to realize that if we lose hope, we lose our anchor.

Guard Your Hope.

When you’re canoeing it can make sense to take a dry bag with you. A dry bag is a safe place to put keys, books, maybe even food that you don’t want to get wet. Once this bag is sealed, it keeps important items from getting wet. Our hope is important. It’s something that needs to be guarded and kept safe. If we’re going to accomplish the dreams that God has put in our lives, we need to be sure to guard our hope.

What you put your hope IN matters.

If you were to try to hope in a canoe and paddle on carpet, you wouldn’t get very far. It would be hard work and really tough. However, if you were to put that same canoe into water and begin to paddle, it would be a lot easier. Why? What you put your canoe in matters. In life, it’s no different. What you put your hope in matters. You can put your hope in your friends, or in money, or lots of other things. Just be sure that what you put your hope in is solid. That it’s something that can see you through. In life, putting your hope in Jesus is a good choice. Jesus will never leave you or let you down. What you put your hope in matters.
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Hope can be resurrected.

Your situation isn’t too far gone for God. Your hope can be resurrected.

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? – Luke 24:5

These women went back to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. They were looking back at what had been. The angel asked them why were you looking for the living among the dead. The angel was telling them that even though their hope (Jesus) was once dead, it had now been resurrected. They didn’t have to keep looking for it in the place of death. In the same way, our hope can be resurrected, if we put it in Jesus.

Hope is important as it is the motivation for you to reach your God given dreams. Always remember that your situation isn’t too hopeless for a resurrection. Your dream isn’t too far off for Jesus to help bring it to pass in your life. If you choose to keep hope alive, your situation is never too hopeless. If you trust in God and lean on Him as the source of your hope, you’ll never be disappointed and never be without true hope.

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If you’re a youth leader and would like discussion questions or a lesson outline and powerpoint, you can download them below.

hope vs. belief

“Something good is going to happen to me” was a phrase Oral Roberts made popular. What do you believe about today? Why not just determine to look for the good today? Expectation and hope are more than just wishful thinking. When you are expecting something good because God is in your life and wants to be part of blessing it you are simply including Him in your day. Hope is not “well I hope something happens good today”. No, hope is expectation that God who is able and willing.

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Realize that God is looking for someone to believe His goodness, His love, His favor- whatever you need today. He needs you to expect, to believe and to say so that He can do for you! He is not limited by willingness to help you. He is not limited by the ability to help you. He is only limited by your expectation that He will do for you.