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Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

{1 Peter 1:3- Amplified Version}

Hope.

When we are trapped in the darkness of a taboo sin, any flicker of hope can be more precious to life than water. 

I can remember in the years I struggled to break free, I was so afraid of confessing.  I felt that I still hand a tiny little flame of hope left in the church.  It wasn’t much, but it was enough to keep me fighting, to keep me hoping.  The night I confessed, I felt like I had just stuck that candle in a windstorm.  I had let go of the last little bit of hope I had, and if confession had not worked, I am convinced that I would be lost in darkness today. 

It was nerve-rattling to sacrifice that last little flicker of hope and to leave my heart open and vulnerable to disappointment.  Much to my surprise, delight and gratefulness, the wind did not blow out that hope, it fanned it into a fire that burned brightly and illuminated the path of freedom.

If I had known that would have been the outcome, I may have confessed a little sooner.

Really, it all boils down to hope.  When we are at rock bottom, we want to believe two things: 1) we’ve actually stopped falling and 2) we can get out.  In Christ, we have both of those.

This verse in 1 Peter is so beautiful, just for the wording alone.  I picked the Amplified version because it does all of the Greek look-up work for me!  Look at all of the colorful adjectives:

God’s boundless mercy— His mercy is without limits.  In other words, we have never fallen too far!

born again— we’ve been given a new life.  We have a do-over.  We are a new creation.  It’s all new; it’s all different.

an ever-living hope— it doesn’t go away.  This is a flicker that never dies.  Even when you are convinced you are in the darkest of caverns, this hope remains.  If you don’t see it, it’s very possible you are looking in the wrong direction, because…

we have already won, through the resurrection of Christ.

He has already beaten sin.  He has already secured our victory, and we can never outdo that victory.  We can never sin beyond what that payment covered. 

Meditate on that today.  Let it delight your heart and renew your spirit.  We are more than conquerors and we have an ever-living hope–

it is a hope with life!

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