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Thursday, May 26 We have this hope . . . , both sure and firm.​—Heb. 6:19.

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Thursday, May 26

We have this hope . . . , both sure and firm.—Heb. 6:19.


Our Kingdom hope serves “as an anchor for the soul,” giving us stability despite challenging circumstances or anxious thoughts. Meditate on Jehovah’s promise of a future in which negative thoughts will be gone. (Isa. 65:17) Picture yourself in the peaceful new world, where distressing situations will no longer exist. (Mic. 4:4) You will also strengthen your hope as you share it with others. Do all you can in the preaching and disciple-making work. If you do, you can “have the full assurance of the hope down to the end.” (Heb. 6:11) As this system of things comes to its end, we will experience more challenges that could produce anxious thoughts. We will be able to face those challenges and remain calm, not in our own strength, but through our trust in Jehovah. Let us show by our actions that we have faith in Jehovah’s promise: “Your strength will be in keeping calm and showing trust.”—Isa. 30:15. w21.01 7 ¶17-18

You can't walk with God while holding hands with the Devil.

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A bit long but well worth the read:

   The castaway was adrift in the open ocean. He started swimming in search of dry land, but soon got exhausted and gave up. While he was waiting for his final moments, out of the blue, he spotted a tiny dark-green dot on the horizon... land! At that moment, he regained his power and began to swim, and while swimming, he did not think about how tired he was or how miserable he felt being a victim of a shipwreck. No, he was focused on the dark-green dot, eager to make it ashore. As he kept swimming, the dot got bigger and bigger, until it became his reality. How did this radical change of mind occur? At first, he was hopeless, what he sought was not in sight. But then it appeared right in front of him. He was able to see it. It was real. Our Christian hope follows the same pattern. We may get into the motions of attending meetings and preaching. If what's driving us is just the force of habit and not our love for God and the hope he gives us, spiritual exhaustion will soon fall heavy on us. We may give up on our service thinking ‘why am I doing all this, why all these sacrifices?’ It has happened. After facing spiritual burnout, some of our brothers and sisters have given up on the Truth. But that’s not what Jehovah wants. He doesn’t want us to swim aimlessly in our spiritual journey. We have a dark-green dot right before us. It encompasses all the wonderful promises in the pages of the Bible. Those promises can give us hope, they can push us forward to keep serving God, not focusing on how hard it is, but focusing on the moment we finally get ashore. And that tiny dark-green dot is getting bigger and bigger; soon it will transcend the Bible's pages and will become real. The question is, can you see the tiny dark-green dot?

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