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My friend, something I have learned is that: Your past does NOT define you... It is through the eyes of grace, and how GOD sees you, and what you let Him do IN YOU and THROUGH you (because of your past), that defines who you are, and shapes who you become!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

And In Our Hope

(Romans 5:1-5 NKJV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that,
but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
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.

It is in our hope, because of the love God has poured out in our hearts, that we may not be disappointed. Why? Because when we were yet still sinners, Jesus came and died on the cross, taking our sins upon Him and freeing us. Showing us that all is NOT lost, that we may still have hope for something better.

God is our HOPE, and without hope a person cannot survive. When a person cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel they can become discouraged, they must have hope that there is indeed an end to what they cannot see. When we are going through storms in our lives, when it seems as if our whole life is turning upside down; God reaches down and fill us with hope. And it is through this hope that we can preserve. Do you know why? Because God is faithful.

My friend when God gives you a promise, then know that He is mighty and more than able to see it through. God's will shall be done, and nothing can take out of His hand that which is His. When He gives us His Word, He will not stop until it comes forth-- no matter what the enemy does or anyone else says. So we can have hope in what He tells us. And this hope He gives us will not be in vain-- when it is all said and done, when the storm is over and the dust has settled; each of us will be able to look back and see that the LORD carried us through; that the LORD did what He said He would do, and we will not be disappointed. (If we do our part and believe Him and stand in faith.)

Our faith in the one who calls us will not be put to shame, no matter what the circumstances look like. The Holy Spirit, God inside of us, pours out His love for us, into our very hearts, strengthening us to bare the winds of tribulation as He moves us into all that He has for us. It doesn't matter where you were in your life, when You come to Christ; when you accept Him as Lord and Savior of your life, He steps in and claims victory, and His will shall be done. He will not be moved. It is our hope IN HIM not man, that sees us through. It is in the power of His Holy Spirit that we are victorious, not in anything we ourselves can do.

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more than, having now been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Romans 5:6-9 (NKJV)

My friend, know that God does not ask us to seek Him in vain. He does not tell us to search for Him, only to come up empty-handed. The Lord is all-powerful and He was working to bring us to Him long before we ever set out. For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is God!), who formed the earth and made it (He established it; He did not create it empty, He formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,  ‘Seek me in vain.’  I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right" Isaiah 45:18-19 (ESV).

We were no accident, God WANTED us. He created us to be with Him, and at just the right time, God showed His love for us demonstrating His character to us. And in doing so, He showed us that because He loved us first, we can begin again, and be made new in our hearts.

My friend, in our faith, we can believe what God tells us, because He IS who HE says He is. And in our faith, we find hope. And in this hope, we can believe.

For the Scripture says,

Romans 10:11 (NASB)

     Father God, thank You that You love us with a love that surpasses all understanding. Thank You that Your love for us is everlasting. Thank You for the hope that is poured out in us through Your Holy Spirit. Lord, thank You that while we were yet sinners, Your Son died on the cross for us so that we may be forgiven. Lord, we praise You because we can have faith and joy in knowing that even through hardships we can preserve because our hope is in YOU.
    Father, I pray for this reader with me today. Lord, may you strengthen them, and fill them with the hope that comes from knowing You. Lord, may they rest in knowing that You are faithful, and that which You promise to do, will be done, and that their faith, which produces hope, will not be in vain.
In Christ Jesus Name,

~ My friend, I truly hope YOU will have a very blessed day.


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  1. Truly God is a faithful God and His love surpasses all understanding.Lovely post.

    1. Hi, thank you so much for visiting! I will visit yours just as soon as I can. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

  2. Thank you for this very inspiring post. I too am a Christian blogger and webmaster, but I'm always in need of fresh encouragement from others. Since I and my wife are both shut-ins, we can't get to any local church, and we don't have many local friends, except some good neighbors. Your post is encouraging. Keep up your good work. May God continue to bless you. Bob

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