Hope in God frees us to passionately utilize the talents which He has uniquely designed in each of us. When the hope which drives us each day is not hope based upon the imperfect nature of man or uncertain circumstances, but rather, upon the unfailing and perfect character of God—we gain confidence in Him and begin to seek His advice, strength, comfort, love and wisdom BEFORE anything else. As we seek Him more, He reveals more about how He designed us and He directs us to boldly explore the outer limits of the talent He created in each of us. As we begin to develop into the person He destined us to be, He gives us a passionate purpose to use our talents for HIS glory. What we live for becomes centered around HIM because He is The Rock of certainty in our life. When God gives us a passionate purpose, then we don’t just SAY–“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me—“ we LIVE it. (Phil. 4:13) We live without fear of anything–EXCEPT being without Him–and this fearlessness allows Him to take us on extreme adventures. We become what we dreamed was inside of us all along—and we become even MORE—because God gives us His vision of ourselves and it is much more amazing than we imagined. Romans 5:5 says that “hope makes us not ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” and–this is one of the most exciting lessons God has ever taught me!!! You see, there have been lots of things–which are FAR LESS than God–in which I have placed my hope and I been repeatedly disappointed, ashamed, discouraged, etc. But when my hope is in GOD, I am NEVER disappointed or ashamed. So how we learn to have hope in God so that we don’t have to experience disappointment??? We must be filled with His HOLY Spirit and this requires that we get rid of the things which quench His Spirit (things which are NOT HOLY) AND that we passionately pursue Him. When we pursue God, we find our Divine destiny–and we live it with PASSION because we are swept away by the magnitude of God’s love for us and our faith in Him gives us His invincible Spirit! His magnificent love gives us Rock-solid hope!