Sunday, December 19, 2021

Where Our Hope Comes From

Where Our Hope Comes From 

Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness. 

Merciful Lord, Your Word challenges me: Do I fear You, Lord? Do I obey the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let those of us who do trust in Your name, Lord God, and rely upon You. Though I fall, I shall not be utterly cast down; for You, Lord, uphold me with Your hand. Your commandment is a lamp, and Your law a light. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, my Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore my eye is good, my whole body will be full of light. But if my eye is bad, my whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in me is darkness, how great is that darkness! 

May I walk in Your light, always fearing You, always obeying Your commands, and always trusting in Your righteousness and love. 

PSALM 112:4; ISAIAH 50:10; PSALM 37:24; PROVERBS 6:23; MICAH 7:8–9; MATTHEW 6:22–23

Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God 

If I have grasped anything in the last 60 days its a greater understanding of the power of prayer and the effects of people who pray. 

We are inside of the last 48 hours of life in what's soon to be our former hometown. 

We know a new life awaits us in where we are going.  Satan's been continually trying to discourage or twart the plans God has for us. 

Problems from obscure directions. Discouragement at all kinds of different levels.  Trying to persuade us to change our minds. Not happening. 

Read that prayer again. If you haven't figured it out yet all the quotes from Life-Changing Moments with God are Scriptures organized to prayers. 

We have much to praise God for, from the struggles to the blessings. The Bible says that in everything give thanks. Which has to include both of those and everything in between. 

We are so looking forward to what God has in store for us. This journey of looking towards His sanctification in our lives has been a period of great adjustment on our end.  Much to let go of in light of what He's saying to lay hold of. 

We have had to be comfortable with changes we don't understand.  We have had to press on when it felt like we were at our breaking point. Have had to have intense prayer times with Jesus because we hurt physically and emotionally. We have had to rely on God more in the last 60 days than we ever imagined we would. 

Know what? For as rough as it's been, for all the highs and lows, for all the stripping away of the layers of me that's been in His way, I wouldn't trade these days for anything. 

We aren't to be living life like it's ours to do with as WE please, but to live life as one trying to please the One who saved us.

You look at the successful lives of the Apostles and you see that in their lives.

You look at what the Scriptures say about the prophecies regarding certain people who will be sought out because of their relationship with Jesus. 

If you are living like the the world so much that people don't see Jesus in you, then what in the world are you doing?

To be a Disciple you must follow in the learning footsteps of the Disciples. 

To be a Disciple, to be a worker in God's harvest is going to put you at odds with the world. 

To be a Disciple you will find people avoiding you.  You will see life differently because life is supposed to be different. 

As the hymn goes:

  1. My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
    • Refrain:
      On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
      All other ground is sinking sand,
      All other ground is sinking sand.
  2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
    I rest on His unchanging grace;
    In every high and stormy gale,
    My anchor holds within the veil.
  3. His oath, His covenant, His blood
    Support me in the whelming flood;
    When all around my soul gives way,
    He then is all my hope and stay.
  4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
    Oh, may I then in Him be found;
    Dressed in His righteousness alone,
    Faultless to stand before the throne.
We will press on with what we can do that's for us to do.  It's God's job to move mountains or move us around mountains or through them. It's on us to not be Jonah and not obey what we've been given to do. 

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