Dear Readers in Christ, "Draw near to GOD, and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


“Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ which… hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead” (I Pet 1:3).

Here St. Peter speaks about a lively or living hope. There are two types of hope – living hope and dead hope.

 If you want to become rich, great or famous in this world, yours is a dead hope; all the hopes that you build up to become rich, great or famous will come to an end with your death.

 What is the lively hope then? “If Jesus comes when I am alive, by the grace of God I will be changed or transformed” – this is the lively hope. Even in this matter some people have a dead hope. They think they can never be ready if Jesus comes in their lifetime. Their miserable hope is that they must remain in the sickbed and get sanctified and die to be resurrected when Jesus comes. This certainly is a dead hope.

Look at what St. Paul says: “We which are alive and remain unto the Coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep” (I Thess 4:15); In other words, we who remain on the earth and are lively i.e. those of us who live with athe hope of translation or transformation will meet the Lord in the air.

Dear child of God, what type of hope do you have? Is it a lively hope or a dead hope?

“The grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world looking for that blessed hope” (Tit 2:11-13). When the grace of God fills our life, we will have a lively hope. Only those who have a lively hope can be lively Christians.
– Taken from Morning Manna – Thoughts for Daily Devotion

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