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PSALM 31:24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! [ESV]
PSALM 33:22 The eyes of the Lord are upon even the weakest worshippers who love Him – those who wait in hope and expectation for the strong, steady love of God. [TPT]
3 JOHN 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. [NKJV]
MATTHEW 6:33-34 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. [NKJV]
PSALM 33:18-22 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love, that He may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You. [TPT]
EPHESIANS 1: 15-19 Therefore I also, after hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, mentioning you in my prayers, so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. [MEV]
EPHESIANS 2:11-13 Therefore remember that formerly you…were at that time apart from Christ, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who were formerly far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. [MEV]
The Blood of Jesus did so much for us! Salvation through Jesus, by His blood, broke the curse AND gave us access to the promises and inheritance of Abraham!
EPHESIANS 4:1-4 As a prisoner of the Lord, I plead with you to walk holy, in a way that is suitable to your high rank, given to you in your divine calling. With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. Be faithful to guard the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit among you in the bonds of peace, being one body and one spirit, as you were all called into the same glorious hope of divine destiny. [TPT]
You have a divine destiny, a divine calling, accessible through Jesus. What wonderful hope this gives us!! Remember, Paul was writing about hope and encouraging even those of us far off in the future while he was in prison! He was leading by example.