What feels shaky in your world? Whether it’s heart disease or cancer, job failure or addiction, natural disasters or family disasters, mass murders or mental illness, there are so many reasons to be overwhelmed, and hope can feel hard to come by. Now more than ever, we need the definitive declarations of our mighty and loving God. In Unshakable Hope, Max Lucado unpacks 12 of the Bible’s most significant promises, equipping you to overcome difficult circumstances by keeping your focus on the hope found in the promises of Scripture.
Let us make human beings in our image (Genesis 1:26). When God made Adam and Eve, he made humans to be more like him than anything else in creation. God's goal is to rub away anything that is not of him, so his inborn image can be seen in you. I will embrace my role as God's image bearer.
The God who brings peace will soon defeat Satan and give you power over him (Romans 16:20). The devil wants to take unbelievers to hell and make life hell for believers. Don't fall into the trap of doubting his existence. I will acknowledge Satan but worship God.
We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Joshua and the Israelites were given the Promised Land as their inheritance. You too have a legal right to the family business and fortune of heaven as a son or daughter of God. Are you living like it? I will live out of my inheritance, not my circumstances.
When a believing person prays, great things happen (James 5:16). When Elijah faced the prophets of Baal, he made prayer his first priority, not his last resort. God delights when his children turn to him. I will make prayer my priority and passion.
God gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5). Nebuchadnezzar paid a high price for his pride. He learned that pride is poison. It hampers your relationship with God, hinders your relationship with others, and harms your relationship with yourself. I will pursue humility.
Our high priest is able to understand our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). Because Jesus is fully human, we can draw near to him. Because he is fully divine, we can worship him. I will draw near to God with confidence that he hears me and understands me.
Jesus is at the right hand of God, interceding for us (Romans 8:34). When Jesus calmed the storm, he showed us that we can count on his presence and his prayers for us in the midst of our storms. I will take heart because Jesus is speaking up for me.
Death has been swallowed up in victory (I Corinthians 15:54). The resurrection changed everything. This is our hope for tomorrow, but it can bring strength to us today. Our finest moment will be our final moment! I will entrust my death to the Lord of life.
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5). Troubles come to each of us in life. But as Mary Magdalene discovered, sorrow may have the night, but it cannot have our lives. I will praise God before my prayer is answered.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you (Acts 1:8). As the Holy Spirit has his way in our lives, we begin to think like God thinks, love like God loves, and see like God sees. I will seek to sense, see, and hear the Holy Spirit.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). When Paul met Jesus on a desert road, he discovered that all have fallen short of God's standard, and the only solution is to accept God's grace to wipe our debts clean. I will find forgiveness in the finished work of Christ.
For God has set a day when he will judge the world (Acts 17:31). From his throne, Jesus will forever balance the scales of fairness. At that time, evil will be judged, and the curse that has plagued the earth will be forever removed. I will respect God's justice and delight in God's grace.