hand_reaching.jpg From the diagnosis of Hepatitis C through every phase of treatment and recovery, we have hope beyond Hep C. We have real hope because we can live beyond Hep C no matter the circumstance or what the future holds.

Over 20 years ago when I was diagnosed I did not know what my future held, but I knew without a doubt who held my future. My life, my future isn’t defined by Hepatitis C or any circumstance. Nor is yours! The number of my days on this earth are determined only by God. He reminds us over and over in His word that He is with us and hold us in his hand. No matter what happens, if we are in God’s hands, there is no safer place to be.

He is our living hope. This is not Pollyanna, wishful, just feel positive way of thinking, He is real. We can walk in faith and victory daily no matter what our circumstances because of Jesus Christ. Our outlook on our life will depend on what our heart and hope stand on. No matter what is going on right now, believe me, it’s temporary. Life is always changing. But our faith and hope in Christ is rock solid. We can live beyond Hepatitis C because our hope is in Him.

When challenges knock me down, I have the choice to either stay down or look up to see the one whose hand is stretched out to me and get up. That same hand stretched out to pick me up, is the same one that was stretched out on the cross and took the nails for me. I can trust His hand. I can trust His grip. He’s not letting go. My hope is in Him.

Our special scripture this week: “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.” Psalm 73:23 NIV

More encouragement from God’s Word:

The Lord said, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:16 NIV

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 NIV

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NIV

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:16-19 NIV

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:4 NIV

Our featured music this week is: He is With Us by, Love & The Outcome.

His hand is stretched out to you today, so what do you choose?

This entry was originally published on Life Beyond Hepatitis C August 5. It is reprinted with permission.