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Showing posts with label hope. Show all posts
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Friday, December 11, 2020

Have Hope - God Is Still Working On You

December 11, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

How can I do this, Lord? He then led me to this: 

Psalm 25:4-5
Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long.

Here are four ways to choose hope:*

1. Go outside. Step out of your house – take off your MASK - and breathe in the air. Never before in history has the entire planet been muzzled at the same time – and have we been denied OXYGEN. You are alive. Dance. Sing. Hug. 

Give thanks for the simple things and freedoms we still enjoy.  The fresh air – and the sunshine, the snow and even the rain will do amazing things for you – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

2. Read Bible verses on truth, hope, and God’s loveWe did an entire week on HappyHour about hope – go back and review all the readings and prayer for a jolt of inspiration. Put HOPE in the search bar and all the sessions will come up. 

3. Pray for someone else. We’re all struggling right now at some level, whether we want to admit it out loud or not. I see it reflected differently in each of the patients I see. We are sad, anxious, withdrawn, quiet, angry. But if we look to God for our comfort, we will be able to pray for others who are suffering more than we are. 

God gives us as much as we can handle...but sometimes, He gives us a little more, to stretch us, to move us, to teach us – to TRUST that He has everything under control. Praying for others allows us to look outside ourselves; reach for something bigger. Compassion for others makes us grow. Pick up the phone and call someone, don’t just send a text message or email. 

Send a real Christmas card with a hand-written, personal message about how much the person means to you; please don't just sign it and stuff it in the envelope. This year, more than ever, we’re all missing humanity right now....and this is by design. Reach out. Be human. By giving someone else hope, the hope inside you is magnified too.

4. Remember God is still working on you.  At the end of the day, all we need is to cling to Christ Jesus. But remember: we are a work in progress. Rest and be secure in this truth: We are a work in progress. As long as we are still on the top side of the grass, we are as clay being molded by the Father in Heaven. We fail. We get up and try again. We do good works. We mess up. We fall short of the Glory that the Lord would have us be. Reading God’s word, praying, and serving others will lift our eyes away from our heartache and onto God’s purpose for our life. Don’t give way to the darkness - God is still working on you!


Lord, be with us through this holiday season that is a celebration of Your birth, Your life, Your sacrifice for each and every one of us. Humans are struggling right now Lord. Not just Your children, but all humans. Teach us Your ways. Expand our hearts to be bigger, to share better, to hold more love. Help us to seek You with all our concerns and lay them at the base of the cross. We know You hold it all....give us the grace to lean in.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

The 2000-year Comparison

October 1, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Lamentations 3:24-26 

The LORD is all I have," says my soul, "Therefore I will put my hope in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the person who searches for him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

The Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament was written by the prophet Jeremiah. 
The Spiritual Warfare Bible has this commentary about the book:

The Spirit moved Jeremiah with grief, sorry and tears for the tragic sin and the exile of God’s people from the land of Judah. They had rejected God’s Spirit and had reaped the harvest of judgment and destruction.

I encourage each of you to read the complete Book of Lamentations. It’s short; only 5 Chapters. But as I read the words of how the people were crushed, then scattered and taken into captivity as prisoners for decades as punishment for turning their backs on God, I couldn’t help but gasp at the parallels we are now living in America.

Here are a few sample verses from this book:
  • All your enemies have opened their mouth against you; they hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, “We have swallowed her up! Certainly, this is the day that we longed for, we have found it; we have seen it.” (v2:16)
  • The Lord has done what He has planned...He has caused the enemy to rejoice over you; he has exalted the power of your adversaries. (v2:27)
    • Those we have elected have turned against God, against our Constitution and gladly want to enslave us to the Globalists.
  • The kings of the earth and all the inhabitants of the world would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy could enter the gates of Jerusalem (v4:12)
    • Is America being destroyed from within by the adversaries planted here?
  • Slaves rule over us; there is no one to deliver us from their hand (v5:8)
    • When we are all muzzled, distanced, tagged and tracked like cattle, who will save us from our own government?
But even the state of slavery and destitution, the Lord did not abandon His people. 

He said,  
“The Lord is good to those who seek Him, and wait quietly for his salvation.” Remember the Lord said, “Vengeance is mine.” He also said in Lamentations 3:31, “For the Lord will not cast off forever."

Though He causes (allows) grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His great mercy.

Today’s Prayer:
Lord, in so many ways, we have sinned. We have removed You from our daily lives, our schools, our country, our government. Those among us have murdered more than 61-million of Your infants, without a word of regret. Those among us have broken every one of Your commandments. And worst of all, millions in our country have turned their heart and mind away from You, saying, “God is Dead” and desecrating Your places of worship.

Lord, you instructed us to pray for those who have harmed us, for those who ARE harming us. Lord, as difficult as it is to do, we ask You to bless our enemies and to create events in their lives that will open their hearts so they will see miracles, miracles that could only have been orchestrated by You. Lay their hearts bare so they can accept “welcome” as a Prodigal son, one of the lost sheep may return Home to You. We pray for the forgiveness of our country, for a calling to our government officials, for the protection of Your chosen ones during this time of division. We ask that Thy will be done and our HOPE remains only with You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Praise God for Every Thing, Large and Small

September 30, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 147:11 

But the LORD is pleased with those who fear him, with those who hope in His gracious love.

This entire psalm is one of praise for the Lord and all that He magnifies in our lives. From comforting the broken-hearted to healing the sick, to providing food for animals to changing the weather, and more. For every thing, He is to be praised.  

To fear the Lord means to “worship Him with awe-inspired reference and obedience” (Amplified). He is also pleased with those who hope – those who have confidence in and feel secure because they know they are surrounded by His love. 

Let's read this verse, replacing the words fear, hope and those with something different: 

But the LORD is pleased with [your name] who worships Him with awe-inspired reference and obedience and with [your name] who in expectation and anticipation, has confidence and security in His gracious love. 

Wow! Look how PERSONAL that makes the passage; it makes the Bible come alive and feel relevant to today's circumstances. 

For all the things He does for every creature on the planet, He is worthy of our praise.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, sometimes Your word is so clear and direct, there is little more to say about a specific passage except thank you. Thank You for who You are. We are grateful for your delight and it makes our hearts sing, knowing that some small act of kindness we have done to others is pleasing to You. Lord, we pray for our country, our constitution, our future. Into Your hands we deliver our hearts, our minds, and our very lives. Thy will be done for us, Lord, that we may follow the purpose You have laid out for us, even before we were born. We love you. We wait expectantly for you. In Jesus Name, Amen.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Set Your Hope On Christ

September 29, 2020 - LISTEN HERE - with special Guest David Block

1 Peter 1:13 

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a sober spirit, and fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming.

The Bible records two letters written by Peter to encourage the early Christians who were scattered across what is now mostly modern-day Turkey. They were discouraged and they were being persecuted for their faith (v6). He wrote to remind them how God had blessed them through the gift of his Son and the Word of the Lord, which endures forever.

Recall the word hope, when used in the Bible, means to have confidence, to have security, to expect, and to anticipate.

The word grace, mentioned more than 150 times in the Bible, means the unmerited, unearned love and favor of God.

Let’s read that verse again:

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a sober spirit and fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

.....And then, let’s read it with the definitions:

Therefore, with your minds readied for action, be serious, and set your confidence and security on the unearned love and favor of God, which was brought to you with great anticipation.

How powerfully encouraging is that!  

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, our confidence and trust is in You. We learn more about the magnificent gift of Your son and our Salvation each time we dig deeply into Your Word. We marvel at the stories and lessons that were given to Your early church – 2000 years ago – that are as relevant today as they were every day over the last 730,000 days. Help us to fix our gaze on Christ Jesus, no matter what worries or circumstances we have that are trying to distract us. Let us be confident that His ways will fulfill the purpose He has for us in our life. Thy will be done. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

The Real Meaning of Hope

September 28, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 39:7
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

In the English language, the word ‘hope’ has an element of doubt. For instance, “I hope it won't rain tomorrow” or “I hope I win the lottery.” 

However, that is not the meaning of hope from the Bible.

  • In the Old Testament, hope comes from the Hebrew word batah which means confidence and security. 
  • In the New Testament, hope is usually translated from the Greek words, elipis or elipizo, which originate from the world elpomai, which means to expect or to anticipate. 

How different is the meaning of HOPE when we know it means confidence, security, expectation, and anticipation!

When we say, “My hope is in the Lord” – it’s not a sense of desperation or the feeling of “crossed fingers.” We stand on a sure foundation with joyful confidence and solid anticipation.

As we explore various passages of the Bible about hope, keep these definitions in mind. I think you will be reading these verses with a whole new sense of interpretation!

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, our hope – our confidence and security - is in You and Your unlimited power, knowledge, and dominion. We have confidence that all things will come to pass that are aligned with Your purpose for our life. Make Your plan, Your will for our lives clear, Dear Lord, so our hope in the future becomes clear. We know that no matter what, we have hope in You. We live in expectation of Your blessings for our life, for our country, for our world. Your purpose will not be defeated. May Your plan fulfilled in a timely manner, according to Earth time. May Thy will be done in our lives according to Your riches in glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.