By Janie Baer
The economic conditions in the world today look hopeless for a good change. Even some Christians feel hopeless and helpless in this time. But I want you to know today that if you are a true born again Christian you can have all the hope that you need for this time no matter where you are living or what you have gone through or are going through right at the present time.
I want to remind you of some things so that you get your hope back. The number one thing you need to remember is that God is a God of hope and that through Jesus He has given us a covenant of hope in which to live in this earth
We have to remember, we must remember, we have to be reminded again and again that God is a God of hope and He is our hope. Without Him there is no hope in this world or hereafter. He and His covenant is our hope for the nasty here and now no matter what is going on.
First, I want you to remember what condition you were in before you got born again.
Ephesians 2:11-12 Therefore, remember that at one time you were Gentiles (heathens) in the flesh, called Uncircumcision by those who called themselves Circumcision, [itself a mere mark] in the flesh made by human hands. 12 [Remember] that you were at that time separated (living apart) from Christ [excluded from all part in Him], utterly estranged and outlawed from the rights of Israel as a nation, and strangers with no share in the sacred compacts of the [Messianic] promise [with no knowledge of or right in God's agreements, His covenants]. And you had no hope (no promise); you were in the world without God. AMP
Clearly we see from this scripture that before our born again experience we were without God in this world, we were not a part of God’s family and we had no hope in this world. We were living apart from Christ and had no covenant with God. In other words, we were without God, living without Him, and not having His hope and His covenant of hope involved, influencing and making a difference our lives. But then we received Christ and now living with the God of hope we can never be in a hopeless situation on this earth no matter what things look like. I know you might say, “Well you just don’t know what I am going through or you wouldn’t say that.” And I would reply, “Which would you want to believe; your bad circumstances will never change or that God is a God of hope and you have all the hope you need in this world to get out of this mess because you have Him?”
All of us face some difficult and challenging things these days, but are we going to focus on the difficulties and challenges or are we going to focus on and look expectantly for the God of hope to show up? He has promised He will never, never forsake us or abandon you.
Hebrews 13:5-6 ….for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not,[I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down ( relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] 6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? AMP
The God of Hope is our Helper in these times. So in order to change our situations we must not allow natural circumstances to tell us we are hopeless. They are all subject to change but the God of Hope and His Word of hope and His covenant are hope are never subject to change. If He is subject to change then we are truly hopeless.
Read the Old Testament and remind yourself of the many difficulties the people faced and the supernatural, victorious outcomes they encountered. Their circumstances changed but their God of hope did not change nor did His covenant of deliverance fail them. He was a God of hope and a God of covenant then to His people and He is a God of hope and a God of covenant with us today as well. God can change any person or situation!
The God kind of hope will not disappoint you. I repeat. The God kind of hope will not disappoint you; ever, never, never.
Here’s a scripture that promises the God kind of hope will not disappoint you:
Romans 5:3-5….but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. KJV
So in spite of the tribulations we face, if we cooperate with the God of hope and His Word of hope they will work to bring to us all the hope we need in this world.
I believe we can believe this promise and we can believe in the God of hope if we really know God loves us in these times, no matter what we have done or not done. Knowing He loves us, we can all kind of hope. The revelation of His love for us comes from spending time with Him and meditating scriptures that speak of His love for us.
Another translation of “hope maketh not ashamed” would be; “hope does not disappoint”.
If you thought that hope disappointed you, then you didn’t have Bible hope.
Natural hope is built around natural people and natural things and natural hope will disappoint you. But when you have true Bible hope, it is built around the Word of God which created all natural things and still can change all natural things.
So get your hopes up and read on!
Here is some important information you need to know about Bible hope:
1) Hope is the inner image the Holy Spirit paints on the inside of you that is based on the Word of God.
Despair is the opposite of hope and despair is an image of disaster or failure and it is based on the lies of the devil and what natural circumstances tell us. When we are in despair we have been listening too long to the devil and other negative voices and have been looking too long at the natural, negative circumstances.
To begin to change that you need to make a daily check of what kind of image you have inside of you about yourself and about your circumstances. If you find you are low on God’s hope and all seems hopeless; just go to the promises God has made to you in the Bible concerning the situations and get yourself some hope. Natural, carnal thinking will keep you away from looking at the promises of God to you for they are the very things that will be an anchor for your mind and give you God’s hope in these days.
Here’s a scripture that let’s us know God’s Word and His promises can be our anchor and our hope:
Hebrews 6:17-19 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].19[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it — a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, AMP
Can you see from these verses you can have hope because God has made promise to you and has sworn by the blood of Jesus that He will keep covenant with you and see you through every difficulty? So mediate on this scripture and let it anchor your troubled soul to the hope of God.
2) The Bible is the only place you can go to get an image of hope on the inside of you that will not disappoint you. I hope you got that. Read it again. The Bible is the only place we can go and get some hope and not be disappointed.
Looking at the promises God has made to you in the Bible, you can then base your hope for every situation on His promise to you instead of on your disappointed wishes.
We must remember the Bible contains the only workable blueprint for our successful life on this earth, for it is the Manufacturer’s operating manual for life. So if we ignore the Bible’s instructions, we are ignoring the manual for life and our life will become a hopeless mess.
3) Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for.
For our faith to work in turning things around for the best in our lives, we have to have it coupled with hope. Hope serves as a blueprint for our faith and our faith is the substance or building material for our hope. We have to have both hope and faith coupled together in order for things to change. Without hope, faith has nothing to do. We could say that hope is the plan that faith carries out. Hope has to have faith in order for there to be any substance to our blueprint.
4) Colossians 1:23 warns us not to be moved away from the “Hope of the Gospel”.
Other hope besides the “hope of the Gospel” can be spiritually dangerous for us and our outcome in life.
Here is what I mean by that. If a doctor told you that you have cancer and have a small chance of recovering from the disease; he would be saying that based on natural information and what medically you could expect. The doctor would not want to offer you false hope that would leave you and your family disappointed.
But instead of clinging to a thin thread of limited hope the doctor has offered you, you would be much safer going to the Word of God that tells you every time you look at it, “By His (Jesus’) stripes ye were healed and made whole,” because those words are not based on fragmented human information and knowledge. Those words are based on the knowledge of God Himself.
Instead of holding onto natural hope, you can build supernatural hope in you by meditating on the truth of God’s Word about you. Then before long you would have inner images of strength that you could wrap your faith around. It would give you supernatural hope to combat the natural evidence around you! Then instead of you having small hope or no hope for recovery, you could have a sure hope for recovery!
I personally know this works. I have done it time and again when I needed some hope in situations.
5) In Romans 4:18 Abraham chose to build his life on the supernatural (God’s) hope when he had no natural hope.
Abraham had received a promise from God that He would give him a son in his old age and that he would be the father of nations. All natural knowledge told Abraham there was no way he could ever have a child for Sarah also was old and beyond her child bearing years. Abraham was probably bombarded all the time in his mind with this negative hope; but he chose to take the promise of God and the hope of that promise and combat all the negative hope. The Bible tells us he hoped against hope and you can do that too when you don’t have any natural hope.
Romans 4:19-21 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah's [deadened] womb. 20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, 21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised. AMP
Notice that God’s promise was at the center of Abraham’s hope, his faith and his persuasion. Abraham was not just a little persuaded. He became fully persuaded.
You can become fully persuaded of the promises of God to you also when you purposely meditate on the promises God has given to you until they get so big on the inside of you that nothing or nobody can get it out.
6) Another thing that caused Abraham to be fully persuaded was the fact that God changed his name and God started calling him, “Abraham,” which means “Father of a multitude”.
If you pay attention to this principle God used when He changed Abraham’s name, you too can become fully persuaded of the promises of God and see your own life’s situations changed.
For example, you need to stop calling yourself “a poor or broke person” even though it may look that way in the natural. If someone called you by name as a “broke person” you should not answer; because based on the Word of God you can no longer be called a “broke person”. But if someone started calling for someone who has all their needs met according to God’s riches in glory by Christ Jesus, then you should start running!
You can no longer afford to go by what things look like in your life and how you feel if you want to have the God kind of hope changing things in your life. You must base your life on something bigger than feelings and the way things look and that is “the hope of the Gospel” inside of you.
Abraham called himself by his new name God had given him, “father of a multitude” even before he ever had any children. He would not let others call him anything else other than what God had called him, because he knew that he knew that he was the father of a multitude, for he had seen the hope blueprint.
You also will begin to see your own hope blueprint as you search and meditate the Word of God or we could call it “the Word of Hope”.
7) God divinely programmed your mind so you can visualize, He gave you an imagination.
I can’t stress enough how important your imagination is to your hope.
We laugh at children when they use their imagination during their play time. They imagine being an astronaut, doctor, police, fireman, soldier, etc and they act it out. But becoming adults we don’t realize how important the imagination is to our hope and faith. If we can imagine it then we can be it or do it or have it. Here is a scripture that shows clearly the power of a person’s imagination.
Genesis 11:1-6 AND THE whole earth was of one language and of one accent and mode of expression. 2 And as they journeyed eastward, they found a plain (valley) in the land of Shinar, and they settled and dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly. So they had brick for stone, and slime (bitumen) for mortar. 4 And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top reaches into the sky, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. AMP
Did you get that? God Himself said that this is only the beginning of what they will do and that nothing they imagined they can do will be impossible for them. And the same thing applies to you and me.
I cannot tell you the times hope has risen up on the inside of me for the things I hope for and expect when I have gone over those words God spoke about them in that scripture; “This is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imaged they can do will be impossible for them.” Hallelujah! It just did it again! It stirred up hope in me again! I hope it stirred up hope in you too!
Right now I have some scriptures and pictures that I use with my imagination and I see myself with this thing God has told me to believe for. Scriptures along with pictures can really aid your imagination and give you hope, give you some blueprints of how it is going to turn out. I love this! It really brings hope to me!
Adults use their imagination with porn and other evil things and end up doing what they have imagined and ruining their marriages and lives; so why not use your imagination to give you hope and to create something good in your life. Your God given imagination can be a good healthy thing for your hope and faith to change your life forever.
We can use our imagination the way God designed it to be used and live a good wholesome life or we can use our imagination pervertedly the way satan wants us to use it and die. We can see ourselves through our imagination with the success the Bible promises to us and be a great success and help many others or we can use our imagination and see ourselves always failing, without hope and be a problem to the world around us. We are going to use this God given gift for either good or evil, for our advantage or disadvantaged.
Just look at what happens with our imagination when we talk. Words that we speak are inner-image transferring devices. When you say the word “dog” you transfer an image on the inside of you to another person. That person doesn’t think “d-o-g”. They see an inner image of a dog. You can modify the image of the dog to them by adding a few descriptive words. “The dog was black with just a little white on its tail and front paws.” They begin to see this black dog with a little white on its tail and front paws.
When we are talking to each other we are actually exchanging pictures. As we speak words that are based on the Word of God, faith arises in us and gives substance to those words.
You must continually remember that hope is the blueprint and faith gives substance to the blueprint of what you want and desire.
Meditating and speaking the Word of God will create an image in our minds of being in the promise and is a powerful process we can use to receive the hope we need and actually see change in our situations. Using this process can actually determine your destiny or your destination.
Destinies are not built overnight. It is not what you thought once or even twice that got you to where you are today in your life. It has been what you have thought over and over again. Your inner image of who the Word of God says you are and inner image of what the Word of God says is your outcome, destination or destiny will be created by repetition of the image of God’s Word. This will take some time.
8) So what if you fail?
So what if you do. Don’t call it a failure but just get up and go after it again and again. Learn some more about your hope and faith and the promise from the Word of God concerning you and your victorious, glorious outcome. Keep at it, determining to develop inside of you the hope of the Gospel. Be diligent with this like you were diligent to complain and worry about your situation. Stick with these principles that can really change your life like it did with Abraham when became the Father of a multitude, of which you are a part being a believer. All of this will pay off big if you will not give up. So make up your mind you will have an image of yourself with the hope of the Gospel.
Here is another Bible scripture telling us the importance of keeping an image or vision for our lives according to the hope of the Gospel.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; AMP
When we have no vision or image of God being our Deliverer, then we will have no hope and we will surely perish.
Start today, immediately getting your hopes up with some Bible hope, becoming fully persuaded of the blueprint of hope so your faith can give substance to it in your life.
Please focus, mediate on these scriptures to get you some Bible hope that will not disappoint you:
THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL:
Psalms 39:7 And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You. AMP
Psalms 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God. AMP
Habakkuk 3:18-19 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation! 19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! AMP
Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not,[I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down ( relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] 6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? AMP
Isaiah 26:3-4 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. 4 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. AMP
Isaiah 54:14-17 You shall establish yourself in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God's will and order): you shall be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction, for you shall not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near you. 15 Behold, they may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you. 16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals and who produces a weapon for its purpose; and I have created the devastator to destroy.
17 But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord. AMP
Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. 12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. 13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity….AMP
Hebrews 6:17-20 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchanged-ableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath. 18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]. 19[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it — a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, 20 Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. AMP
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] — AMP
Philippians 4:13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. AMP
Philippians 1:6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. AMP
Philippians 1:28 And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God. AMP
Philippians 2:13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. AMP
Philippians 3:10-11 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His
likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] 11 That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. AMP
Isaiah 58:11-12 And I will always guide you and satisfy you with good things. I will keep you strong and well. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring of water that never goes dry. 12 Your people will rebuild what has long been in ruins, building again on the old foundations. You will be known as the people who rebuilt the walls, who restored the ruined houses." TEV
Psalms 16:5-11 LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. 6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! 7 I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 9 No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts his praises! My body rests in safety. 10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your godly one to rot in the grave. 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. NLT
WITH THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL YOU CAN ENTER INTO HIS REST:
Hebrews 4:9-12 So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God; 10 For he who has once entered [God's] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. 11 Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]. 12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. AMP
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. AMP
Habakkuk 2:2-3 And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. 3 For the vision is yet for anappointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. AMP
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. AMP
Romans 5:17 For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). AMP
WE ARE PRECIOUS TO THE LORD:
Zechariah 2:8 ….for he who touches you touches the apple or pupil of His eye:
Psalms 139:13-18 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You. AMP
John 3:16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ( unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. AMP
Romans 8:35-39 Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36(Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep." ) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't.
Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. NLT
FATHER GOD WISHES (HIS HOPE), DESIRES THAT WE PROSPER:
3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. KJV
Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord — it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it]. AMP
2 Corinthians 8:8-9 You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; rich as he was, he made himself poor for your sake, in order to make you rich by means of his poverty. TEV
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied). AMP
2 Corinthians 9:8-11 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. 9 As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! 10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. 11 Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God. AMP
Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? 32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. 33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. 34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. AMP
Philippians 4:19 And my God will liberally supply ( fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. AMP
WHAT WE DO IN THE TRIAL & TEST:
James 1:2-5 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. 3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. AMP
WE POSSESS THE MIND OF GOD & THE WISDOM OF GOD FOR EACH CIRCUMSTANCE WE FACE:
1 Corinthians 1:30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin]. AMP
1 Corinthians 2:16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. AMP