Hope

“Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.” Psalm 33:22 (AMP)

Hope in Hebrew is yachal (phonetically pronounced yaw-chal’). It means to wait, to have hope, to wait expectantly. Waiting never seems to be the easiest thing for us to do. We live in an instant microwave society and expect we instant results for everything. We are a “I want mine and I want it now” society.  When we choose not to wait expectantly on the Lord, our hope becomes impaired.

Jesus is our reason for hoping and waiting. Hope in Him helps us to overcome any amount of doubt we have about our circumstances. When we hold to our hope and don’t let go, it is a supreme act of faith.

Reasons to have hope in God:

• God spoke and the world came into existence

• He is our Shepherd

• His eye is on all those who fear and revere Him

• He is our help and our shield

• He is faithful in everything

• He is strong and mighty

• He always in control

 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (AMP)

Word Treasures Tuesday

Words are powerful, words are soothing, words are God’s resource for us. God’s word is a light to our path and lamp to our feet. Words lead, guide, direct, and instruct. Words are treasures to be shared.

Tuesday’s Treasures

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  – Abraham Lincoln

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.” (Proverbs 16:20 KJV)

 

 

 

 

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Jeremiah 17:7

[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7 (Amplified)

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Love (The Amplified Version)

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God’s love is powerful. It is the standard by which all love should be measured. Today I’m sharing 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 which some call the love chapter. I am sharing the Amplified version because I like the way it is broken down in an easy to understand way. Read, digest, contemplate, and read again. Tomorrow I will give you another dose of love from the prospective of The Message Bible version. Love, the greatest of all.

1 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have prophetic powers the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

3 Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

9 For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

30 Days Of…Day 17 – “Rejoice”

Today I was listening to a tv pastor talk about rejoicing in the Lord, so I chose to write about rejoicing.  Many times when we experience difficulties and hard situations, we wonder how are we supposed to rejoice in that situation. We may say things like this doesn’t feel good, or I’m in too much pain to rejoice. But in the bible, the writer Paul says in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!,” (Amplified). Rejoice means to be full of joy, to be delighted, and to be glad.

 

The question is how do you rejoice when troubles are knocking on your door, flying in through the windows, and chasing you down. Most of are not saying, “ok Lord, thank you for these troubles I’m having, or I’m so happy this is happening to me.” Most of the time if we are honest with ourselves, we are saying, “why me Lord” or “what did I do to deserve this.” We might even say something like, “I don’t think I can make it through this.” But God desires that we remember when we are “in” Him, we can always rejoice because He is there to carry our burdens. When we are “in” Him, His presence shines through even in our difficult times.

 

When we are in Him we can rejoice because:

  1. He is our shepherd. “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.” Psalm 23:1 (Amplified)
  2. God gives us what we need. “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (Amplified)
  3. His grace is enough for us. “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully];…” 2 Corinthians 12:9a (Amplified)
  4. We can be of good courage because we know He’s got out back. “Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (Amplified)

I can rejoice because I know that He has been there with me through the death of several of my loved ones. I can rejoice because I know that he has seen me through many nights in the ER room with my mom. I can rejoice because He saw me through 2 years of unemployment. I won’t say that any of these things were easy, but I chose to continue to rejoice in Him. The choice to rejoice made my time of going through difficulty easier to handle.

So I say to you rejoice, but don’t just rejoice, rejoice in Him!