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31 Mar – Perseverance

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Today Isaac, our youngest child reaped the benefits of perseverance. Several months ago he had a bit of a scare when attempting to canter on the pony he rides. It didn’t go at all well, and ended up with him screaming on the back of a startled pony, who eventually stopped as she realised her rider was not happy with her cantering.

To his credit Isaac has persevered even though he  has at times been quite scared. Each week he has spent time thinking about, praying and focusing on being able to canter again. Some days it just wasn’t going to happen as he struggled with his fears, but gradually he was able to venture to take one step of cantering, then two, four and then a whole circle in the arena. As the weeks have passed by he has set himself a new goal of going a little further each ride, and today he blitzed his goal and completed 5 full circles of cantering, with a huge smile on his face.

Perseverance means not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, and the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it’s hard.

The bible talks about perseverance and that persevering in our faith produces steadfastness. When this “steadfastness has its full effect…you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

James 1:2-4, 12 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Learning to persevere in life and in our faith is an important part of living the life God has planned for us. When we fail to persevere through difficulties, setbacks or things we may be afraid of or find challenging we will keep giving up, which is not something God wants for us. He doesn’t give up, He remains faithful, and He always says keep going, keep running your race, keep believing and keep moving forward with me. We also have a great cloud of witnesses in heavenly places who cheer us on, and encourage us to keep persevering.

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Whatever you are facing today, I encourage you to seek God for His wisdom. Clarify if what you are believing for, and focusing on are things that He desires for your life. If they are, then keep going, even if it’s hard, because you will surely get there. And if Isaac’s win today is any measure of how much joy we can have in persevering, (even though it may be difficult or scary at times), then it’s well worth it.

Prayer: Lord thank you for your strength and help today. Help me to persevere in the things you have directed me in, until I reach my goal and have run my race. In Jesus name Amen.

30 Mar – To the Uttermost!

what jesus has done

I read this fantastic news recently, which once again reminded me of just how great a gift we have been given in Jesus. The news is found in Hebrews 7:25 in the bible and it says this:

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

At first glance you may be tempted to overlook the significance of what this says, but I encourage you to look again. This scripture is saying that Jesus is and does save to the ‘uttermost” everyone who comes to Him. He is able to save in all times, in all cases, to the uttermost –meaning that he has the power, and that our salvation is complete. He does not abandon us halfway; he does not begin a work, which He is then unable to finish. He aids us as long as we need anything done for our salvation; He saves completely, and absolutely, so that nothing should be wanting afterwards, forever for all who choose to trust Him.

The question is what does Jesus save us from? What does the words “saved to the uttermost mean?” If you have been around church at all you would have heard that saved means that you will go to heaven if you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour. This is true. But it also means much, much more, which you will discover if you study the Hebrew and Greek words from which the bible was translated.

In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for save is “yasha” and is used for example in Isaiah 35:4, “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you”. Yasha means ‘to be open, wide or free; to be safe; to free, avenge, defend, deliver, help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring salvation, save and get victory. It is present tense, and not something we look for only in the future when we finish this life on earth. It promises deliverance, rescue and victory for us now!

The word saved in the New Testament is the Greek word “sozo” which again means to “save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, and be made whole. “Sozo” and “Yasha” overlay each other. They proclaim the same message, of victory and protection, as well as healing and being made whole, of doing well, walking in favour, prosperity and abundance.

Unlike the priests of old who were mere men, “Jesus is possessor of supernatural Divine power, which is able to save us to perfection, to the full, to all ends, from sin, it’s guilt, it’s stain and power; from it’s consequences, the curse, and wrath, and eternal death. What neither others nor ourselves could do for us, He is able to do. He is not only able, but willing to set us in a safe, happy, blessed, and glorious state for ever”. (Romans 5:9-11,17) (Matthew Poole’s Commentary)

When we think of what Jesus has done for us, and now offers to all mankind, it isn’t just the assurance of where and how we will spend eternity, as absolutely awesome as that is. It is also to understand the completeness of what He has done for us, because otherwise we will only ever partially unwrap the gift of salvation, which would be such a loss.

Today think again about what saved means, and how you can grasp hold of all that has been achieved by Jesus’ work on the cross. If you have not received this freely offered gift, I encourage you to consider what He is offering you. “For if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be “saved” – delivered, protected, healed, preserved, made to do well and made whole. (Romans 10:9)

 Prayer: Jesus please help me to understand how complete my salvation is, and that it is absolute, with nothing wanting. I pray today that every area of my life would come into line with what you freely offer and have gifted me with. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

29 Mar -Each word a gift

make each word a gift

If there is one thing that I get frustrated with myself over it is about some of my thoughts, and consequently my words. I fall short far too often of where I want to be, allowing my thinking to wander into places I’d rather it didn’t. Thoughts of fear, worry, what if’s, impatience and annoyance. If I think too long this way, these thoughts get into my heart and try to become part of me, which I don’t want or like. I know that God wants better for me, and expects better from me.

There is a prayer in Psalm 19:14 which always hits home when I read it. It says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

What would the words coming out of our mouths sound like if they were acceptable to God? I can guarantee they would not be words of gossip, worry, fear, sarcasm, envy, bitterness, negativity, complaining or criticism.

I really want to please God both in my private words and thoughts, and also in every other area of my life. I want to please Him in the way I talk to my children, my husband, my friends, family, church, and those I meet throughout the day.

One course of action to enable us to have words that please God is to be quiet more often, and to limit the words coming out of our mouth. When we start to put a watch over the words we speak it is amazing how we suddenly become more aware of how much nonsense we can speak without giving much thought; or how often we participate in conversations which are neither pleasing to God or beneficial to our listeners.

Consider today how different your life would be if in day-to-day situations you began to think and pray Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight of Lord.” What difference it might make in conversations with your children, your partner, family members, and work colleagues? If before you participated in a meeting at work, while out on the sporting field, or when out for a night with friends you prayed this prayer? How would your language and actions be transformed if when writing a letter/email/text message, or negotiating a new business deal or contract you determined in your heart and mind that your words, and the meditations of your heart were to be pleasing to God?

How would your life be changed?

One of the first things we can do right now to make Psalm 19:14 a reality in our lives is to close our mouths more often. In conversations with other people we can simply listen more, and talk less. We can ask God to remind us to close our mouths when we are about to say something unnecessary and not pleasing to Him.

“Closing our mouths will have these immediate effects:

We won’t sin with our words.

We’ll listen more.

We’ll seek to understand, not always seek to be understood.

People will think we are wise.” (Tim Cameron – The Word fast)

In our own strength this is difficult, but with God all things are possible. When we are willing and have soft hearts towards Him, God will do such a deep work in our hearts that the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts will be transformed to become acceptable to Him. (Romans 12:2)

He promises us that He is faithful to complete the good work that He has started in us, and will perfect that which concerns us. We are His masterpiece and even if we stumble He won’t give up on us. So let’s not give up on ourselves, and all that God says we are, and seek to make the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart pleasing to Him today.

 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

Watch the way you talk, Let nothing foul or dirty come out of you mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Don’t grieve God. Don’t break His heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, and profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgiving one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4: 29-32 Message Bible)

Prayer: Lord thank you for your grace and love for me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. In Jesus name Amen.

28 Mar – It’s already done!

jesus did it all

Today I woke up with a raging sore throat and earache. We are away for a few days on holidays with the kids, and this was the last thing I wanted. As I lay in bed I had to make a decision; Do I lie in bed groaning that I feel terrible, and why did I have to get sick on our holiday, or do put my faith to work?

I decided to get myself out of bed, make breakfast for my husband and our younger two children, and to play the healing scriptures I have recorded on my iPod. As I listened to all the accounts recorded in God’s word of Jesus healing all who came to him for healing I started to speak. I spoke out my healing, and claimed God’s promises. I chose to stand up on the inside and to march back and forth across the bedroom floor commanding every bacteria, virus, flu, and symptom to shrivel up and get off my body. I bound the demonic forces that can try to bring sickness, and told them emphatically to “take a hike”.

I did that because I know the bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

“Praise the Lord, my soul; and forget not all his benefits; who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:2-5)

You could say I got a little feisty, which in my opinion is the best way, and how we need to be when anything comes at us trying to steal, kill or destroy things in our lives. I have discovered that all burdens and bondage originate from the devil; but what can be lacking is the faith to stand against His tactics. (John 10:10)

Not only did I claim healing for my body, I also gave thanks, and prayed for everything and everyone else that came to my mind and heart. Within a short time I was ready to shower, dress and enjoy the rest of my day. No cancelling of plans, and no pain or discomfort.

Why did my faith work today? Why was I able to continue enjoying my holiday with my family free from sickness? It was because I have learnt that Jesus delivered to me my healing, blessing and breakthrough over 2000 years ago on a wooden cross. He not only conquered sin and death, but every sickness, lack, poverty, torment and bondage ever known to mankind. And when He rose back to life He accomplished all I would ever need to be able to live in health, prosperity, and full and abundant life. It’s already been done; all I need do is allow that truth to get down on the inside of me, so that His word abides within me. When I speak the truth out and stir up the word inside of me, it goes to work for me. (Colossians 2:14-15)

Jesus said it this way. “If you abide in My word you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31)

The problem is that many people simply do not know or appropriate what Jesus has already done for them, so the devil just keeps “hammering” them with rubbish!

Today however I encourage you to look at God’s word and discover afresh, or maybe for the very first time what Jesus’ work on the Cross of Calvary has done for you. Look at the miracles Jesus did, and what He said, and then take a stand of your own and put your faith to work. What Jesus did then, He will still do now. What He did for me today, He will do for others. “For He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

It’s not that some are “more worthy or loved than others” and that’s why their faith seems to “work” better for them. For the moment we ask Jesus to be part of our lives we are all given a measure of faith, it’s just that some people decide to put theirs to work more, and as they do their faith is strengthened.

What are you going to do with your measure of faith today, and what do you need to put it to work on? Jesus has already won your victory; but we do have to grab hold of it by faith.

If you would like some more information or teaching on what Jesus has already done for you I highly recommend my husband Phil Kinney’s recently released book “Healed and Whole” which shows you how to use the Word of God to connect to the healing power of Jesus. (Available on Amazon.com)

https://www.amazon.com.au/d/B06XK6ZGN8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490692098&sr=8-1&keywords=healed+and+whole

healed and whole

Prayer: Lord I thank you that faith in you, and the promises of your word work. Help me to dig into your word, and to discover afresh what you have already done for me. In Jesus Name Amen.

27 Mar -A little less conversation, a lot more action!

demonstrations of power

There are many ways we can know love, but I think the greatest love we can know is the love of God, and that He is real, and interested in having a relationship with us.

This loving relationship is not just intellectual, but also to be experienced. God wants to show Himself strong, and to demonstrate His love for us. That’s what Jesus did while He walked the earth. He demonstrated love in practical workings of power, miracles, healing, and showing up when needed.

It’s the same way He wants us to know Him today. He wants to show Himself strong in our lives, and for us to then help others to know Him too.

How great it would be if we all loved people by our words and actions, causing our lights to shine. And that we also took every opportunity to demonstrate through workings of power that God is not far off or aloof, but right here with us. When we are talking about Jesus to people, we are able to open up heaven over their lives. This enables them to experience for themselves His very real presence, power and hand upon their lives.

When Jesus showed up on the scene people were astounded. People were amazed at His love and compassion and that He cared more about people than religion, protocol or what the who’s who thought. When He healed the blind, the deaf, the paralysed, the epileptic, the outcast and the forgotten “He amazed everyone and they praised God saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:12)

Isn’t it about time that people once again said, “we have never seen anything like this,” because we are following in the footsteps of Jesus and copying His example. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:12)

The bible says, “The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power”. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

Perhaps there has been far too much talking and not enough action and demonstrations of God’s love, compassion and power. How often have we talked ourselves out of praying for someone, instead reasoning someone else can do it rather than us?

Paul in the bible wrote, “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I decided to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith would not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

We don’t have to be perfect, a preacher, or a spiritual giant; we simply have to make ourselves an available vessel for God to use!

Today take some time to seek Jesus and His presence. If we wait and spend time with Him, He will reveal the workings and ways of His kingdom to us, and then empower us to share His love through our words, actions and with demonstrations of His power.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Prayer: Lord help me to not get so distracted by life that I don’t take the time to rest in your presence. Please give me boldness to reach out in love and compassion to all those who need to know that you are both loving and powerful. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

26 Mar – Did you learn to love?

did you learn to love

“Did you learn to love?” Did you learn to love through your life? This is the question we will all no doubt be asked when we have lived this life, and must give an account for all we have said and done.

Did you learn to love?

For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God”. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12)

But so often we become very focused on so many things in life. We work hard to contribute something, and to use our gifts and talents that God has blessed us with. This is a good thing to do, as Jesus wants us to use all the talents and abilities he has blessed us with.

We want to be successful and prosperous, which are all valid goals. God actually desires for us to prosper and to be successful at whatever we put our hand to; so much so that Proverbs 13:22 says a “good person leaves an inheritance for their children”

 Jesus said that He came that we might have a long abundant life. (John 10:10; Psalm 91)

But there is also something that Jesus instructs us clearly to do and be above all else, and that is to learn to love, and to live our lives in and through that context.

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. “(Luke 10:27)

 Even if we were to give everything up for the poor, or understood all mysteries and had great knowledge and faith that could move mountains, but had not love then it would profit us nothing.

It’s learning and living to love God, and those around us that truly matters. There is faith, hope and love but the greatest is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

Today ask yourself how are you going in the love area? Are you seeking to love God more and to love others; and is love your motivation in the way you live your life?

If not God says we can come to Him and He will give us all we need, and fill the empty places in our hearts so that we can love like He loves. His love in our hearts will then move us with compassion, grace and patience, just as He is. He is the one who fills our hearts to overflowing with love so that everything we do and say ends up being centred in LOVE!

Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

Today ask yourself, are you learning to love and then giving that love away to others?

Prayer: Lord please fill my heart with love so that I can love like you love. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

25 Mar – The Danger of Passivity!

rise up

I was contemplating the danger of living passively. The dictionary meaning of passivity is “the acceptance of what happens, without active response.

Far too often we do accept what happens in life with very little response. Where we should stand up we don’t. Where we should shout and resist evil, sickness, and lack of any kind we don’t. Where we should speak out,  far too often we don’t. We live passively; not wanting to make too much fuss, allowing ourselves to come “under circumstances” instead of rising above them.

There is an account of a woman in the bible who had been unwell for many years. She had spent all her money trying to find a cure, and had become a social outcast. However this woman never gave up her hope of being healed, because when she heard of Jesus coming to her town she made sure she was right there amongst the crowd. She was in no way passive in her approach, but instead was determined, desperate and persistent. She seized hold of Jesus and took what she needed, and as a result she was instantly and radically healed.

Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His (Jesus’) garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”

When all denied it, Peter and those with him[a] said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:43-48)

This woman needed a breakthrough and she received it not because she sat back and waited passively for it to come to her, but because she seized it by force. She pushed her way though the throngs of people all pressing to be near to Jesus until she was able to reach out and touch him.

Matthew 11:12 has an interesting piece of scripture in it. It says, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

The violent take it by force? The original Greek meaning of the word violent men and force is that the “violent” are those of eager, impetuous zeal, who grasp the kingdom of heaven. They grasp hold of heaven’s peace, pardon, and blessing and they grab hold of it with as much eagerness as those who would snatch and carry off the spoil of a conquered city. This is what the woman with the issue of blood did. She grabbed hold of the kingdom of Heaven that Jesus brought to earth, and she took it by force.

There are times when living passively can get you killed, stolen from and stomped on, because that is exactly what the devil and his demons are out to do. (John 10:10) When we are facing a battle, whether it is relationship problems, strife, sickness, lack or anything that looks, smells and talks like the devil it is imperative that we put all passivity aside. It is imperative that we ask God to fill us with his love, strength and power so that we will have boldness, eagerness and zeal to resist every thing that is not from God and instead take hold of all that is ours in Jesus.

Now is not the time for passivity, or to have the approach of “whatever is God’s will” prayers. If you don’t know His will and understand how to claim and declare it boldly and with passion and zeal, then find out! Open up a bible and discover for yourself what God’s will and purpose is, and then do as the woman with the issue of blood did, and grab hold of it with everything you’ve got.

 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” (Acts 1:8)

“Put on the full armour of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Prayer: Jesus please fill me with your love, power, passion and zeal. I don’t want to be beaten up, stolen from or pushed around by the devil any longer. Today I choose to put aside passivity and take hold of all that you have given me through your finished work on the cross. In Jesus name Amen.

24 Mar – The Shredder!

shredder

This week my husband has been shredding old documents. He has been doing this with much gusto, and as a result the first shredder he brought “blew up” – well it suddenly started billowing smoke and looked like it was about to catch on fire. He has since realised he has to take a little longer in his “shredding” process, but he is getting the job done.

The past ten years of our life is in these shredded documents. Optometrist receipts, orthodontist paperwork, cars, holidays, music lessons, school bills, etc etc etc. Being shredded is reminders of family milestones, kids expenses, the good, bad and all the moments in between.

However watching my husband in his shredding process I wonder if there is something therapeutic about “shredding?” It’s like we are clearing out the old and making a way for the new. It’s remembering all that we have accomplished; all that God has provided for, and all that we have been through to get to where we are now. Some reminders are good memories, and some aren’t. Most are now only useful to be “shredded” and used in the compost bin. But regardless of which category these items fall in, they are the past, and the truth is that each new day is an opportunity to reflect, give thanks, and move on. We can choose to take the good and thank God for all that he has done and provided for, and to take the decidedly not so great and determine to learn from it, trusting God to make something good come from it, much like paper shredding’s do wonders in the compost bin.

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Today I encourage you to do some “shredding” of your own. Some things in our lives, and especially in our past simply belong in “God’s shredder”. The wisest thing to do is to bring these things to God and give them over to Him, knowing that He will in time bring something good out of everything we go through in life. Plus as I am discovering there is now all this space where we had been storing those old documents. We have created room for something brand new and far more interesting to take it’s place. Which is much like when we get rid of unnecessary old stuff in our lives and make room for God to do something brand new.

So…”Happy Shredding”.

“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” (Psalm 55:22)

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 Prayer: Lord I thank you that each new day is an opportunity for you to do something amazing in my life. Help me to bring all my life to you, and that I will make room in my life for what you want to do today, rather than holding onto the past. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

23 Mar – Hope!

better things are coming

I was talking with one of our kids on the way to their sports training night, and they were commenting that their team lacked self belief that they were able to win. Some of them experienced a tough season last year and it has affected their confidence. Instead of positivity there seems to be in some players an expectation of failure before they have even begun the season. They have lost their hope!

To have peace, success and joy in life we really have to have an expectation of good things. Without that expectation we live in a state of waiting for the next bad thing to happen, or to failure to impact our life. But that is not how God wants any of us to live. Yes bad, negative and downright awful things do and can happen, but I know from studying God’s word, and through my own experiences that it is so important to have a knowledge of  why we can have hope. It’s a hope in God that will see us through the darkest storm, and the toughest battles. Without that knowledge of God’s love and His desire to care for and bless us we can simply “take on” and accept every bad thing that happens to us. We eventually can begin to live with an expectation for evil and/or worse things to always keep happening.

David in the bible lived with the ultimate highs and lows of life. You can read some of his story in Psalms in the bible where he poured out what he was experiencing in both the great times and the moments of absolute despondency. One of the things He reminds us to do is to not get downcast even when life throws us “curve balls”. He said, “Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God. For I shall still praise him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalm 43:5 ISV)

Hope is a powerful thing. “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.” (G. Chesterton). Emily Dickinson wrote “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul “. However, God’s idea of hope is more than even these things. We can think that hope is merely a wish or desire; but the bible tells us God’s type of hope is quite different. Hope is a “deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises”.

The question to ask ourselves is, “am I resting in the sure confidence that God will do just as He has promised He will?” For that is the essence of hope, and there is real power in having a hope in God, because hope activates our faith, and nothing is impossible when we have faith in God!

The bible says it this way, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22-24)

When I look at the life of David I notice some things, which caused him to be able to say “Why so downcast O my soul, put your hope in God”. It was because David knew God, and he had a personal relationship with Him, which was the basic foundation for His hope. God was David’s light, his salvation, and his strength. When he was feeling discouraged He reminded Himself of who God was, and also recounted all the things He had done for him in the past, as well as declaring God’s goodness and His loving hand on His future.

 David said, “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. (Psalm 27:13)

Today if you are facing difficulties or feeling discouraged I encourage you to put your hope in God. Start to speak better things for tomorrow, and remind yourself of God’s goodness, His love and of the promises in His word. (There are a lot of them).

Reaffirm your confidence in who God is, and that nothing is too hard for Him. Renew your commitment to Him and rest in His love for you today.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” (Hebrews 10:23)

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you. Do not fear; I will help you”. (Isaiah 41:13)

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:19)

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:9-10)

Prayer: Lord please help me to have hope and an expectation for better things, both for today and tomorrow. Help me to have a deep settled confidence in you and your promises. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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