It has been several years ago now; I think it was 2021. It was early Saturday morning when I heard the ding of an incoming text on my phone.  I picked it up to read a message from a friend.  One that would start my day with encouragement.

The text read…

“We the Kingdom won top contemporary gospel artist of the year at the Dove Awards and Graves into Gardens won worship song of the year.”

I remember it as if it were yesterday, I read those words, but, I heard something different in my spirit, almost simultaneously.

I heard, “We the Kingdom won!  Now, God is going to turn graves into gardens.”

Wow, I needed to hear that!

It didn’t start with that text; it had been rolling around in my heart for several days.  Hope.  Pure hope in God and what He has in store for us.

When we look around the world, we see very little reason for hope, yet for the people of God, hope remains.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God’s plan for us does not change because the world is in chaos – His Word never changes – His plan for us will not be altered.  Therefore, I am a prisoner of hope.

Zechariah 9:12 says, “Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.”

Are you a prisoner of hope?  Or have you lost hope?

If the latter is true, return to the stronghold.  Return to God and His plans for you.  Return to His unfailing Word.  Return to His promises concerning you.  There He promises to restore and not only restore but to restore double.

Many years ago, God spoke something to my heart.  He said, “If you have not hope, you are standing in the wrong kingdom.”  In God, hope never disappoints.  Time and again the Bible encourages us to hope in God – regardless of what is going on around us.

If you are not feeling hope today, go to the Psalms…read until your hope is ignited.

God spoke to me from that early morning message, and I believe He is speaking to you as well.

We, the Kingdom have won!  We may not see it today, but never doubt it.  God has never lost a battle and He won’t lose this one.

He is the resurrection and the life – He will turn the graves into gardens and bring forth a harvest we can only imagine.  One, only He could do.  Trust Him.

Friends, this is not the way it ends.  Things are not going to get worse and worse for the people of God.  It is not who He is.  He has a good plan for us.  He has a good future for us. We are a redeemed people – through the blood of Jesus Christ – we already have the victory! Today, let hope arise!  He wins.  We win.  And we will enjoy the spoils of the battle…never doubt it.

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