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Summary: As God takes us through the labyrinth of life struggle, He cleanses us from all impurities and brings us out refined as gold.

Hope !

Second Word of Jesus from the cross:"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." Luke 23:43

What a wonderful word of HOPE! Look what Jesus said to a thief, ‘Today, you will be with me in Paradise!’ Jesus is simply adorable! Cheer up friend! We are not doomed forever; no matter what, Jesus would give us second chance!

Is your marriage in shambles? Are you finances plummeting? Is your health deteriorating? Do you feel miserable and hopeless? Fear not! We have hope in Jesus today!

How does one manage to remain sane and trust God in the midst of earthquakes, train crashes, collapse of buildings, floods, blood, pain and sufferings???? The world may go berserk but we got to trust God in the midst of mayhem and allow the Word to pick us up and have hope in HIM! Are you hearing me? Apostle Paul said, ‘tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ Tribulation builds the character of a person! Wonderful! Character is formed in the furnace! Worth the struggle!

As God takes us through the labyrinth of life struggle, He cleanses us from all impurities and brings us out refined as gold. Job said:(Job 23:10)”When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Glory to Jesus!

Hope is what kept us vibrant, pulsating and moving during the innumerable problems and sufferings that we had to encounter in our ministry. During the very first year of our relocation to the new city Hyderabad, we had to face severe financial crunch that we had never experienced before throughout the past decade of our ministry. On one particular day we just had 32 rupees and we went to a provision store to buy rice and we asked him to give us just half a kilo, the man offered to give us a bag of rice and said that we could pay him later. We politely refused and picked up the half a kilo rice. It was the most darkest period of our ministry and we were walking practically blindfolded. What am I doing or where am I heading I did not know! I would be walking around our home just looking for some clue and a voice from Heaven! Silence! With grown-up children, life was just miserable! What kept us going was H-O-P-E in Jesus! We now buy more than 100 kilos of rice every month for our ‘Abide Public School’ , Abide Angel Home and our family. . God is our Provider! Praise God!

Romans 5:5 “ Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Memorize)

Hope does not disappoint!

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