My Hope is Secure

033013_2144_Bittersweet1.jpgHow do you define hopeless?  Hopeless is having no expectation of good or change for the better. I admit, there has been some “seemingly” hopeless situations since accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.  However, that was before I really grasped the magnitude of His finished works on the Cross and His resurrection after three (3) days.

Watching the last episode of the video, “The Easter Experience” made me realize that as a Christian I should never conclude that I am in a hopeless situation or condition.

Hopelessness made the disciples abandon Jesus in fear and to hide after His death. The external circumstances (Jesus’ arrest) gave the appearance that there was no hope of being free from Roman rule.  They did not expect any good or change for the better; therefore they did not trust Him based on His promise to rise from the dead, although He warned them of His impending death and assured them of His resurrection.  Their focus was on the natural; therefore they just didn’t get it until after a personal encounter with the risen Savior and the spiritual transformation that changed the course of their life on the day of Pentecost. Then hope sprang forth like the branches and leaves on a “seemingly” dead tree11090882_798945466850515_4922663398283889637_o in spring.

So it is with us. Our personal experience or encounter with the risen Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit changes our bleak outlook and we have hope.  Like the disciples, we often feel hopeless because we focus more on the external circumstances, but if Christ is our personal Savior and Lord, we have hope in spite of the externals.  We find hope in His Word regardless of what is naturally visible, or the external circumstances that are unpleasant for a season.  God always causes us to triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14).

What situation have you been in that you did not expect any good to come out of it, or things to get better for you? Are things so bad that you have concluded that there is no hope? If so, I want to encourage you!  Keep believing and trusting God to keep His promises. There is always hope as long as you are breathing.

Jesus Christ is the source of our hope. He will fill us with joy and peace in the midst of difficulty if we trust in Him.

Romans 15:4 declares, “…the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”

We know that the promise of the Savior has been fulfilled (Luke 2:1-7). We know that the promise of the Comforter (Holy Spirit) has been fulfilled (John 15:26; Acts 2:1-4). What has God promised you that has already been fulfilled?  What promises are you patiently waiting for fulfillment?  Keep expecting! Don’t give up hope; God is faithful.

I pray that Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day) will remind you that our hope is eternally secure in Christ. His resurrection gives us the assurance that what God promise is revealed either in this life or thereafter.

Always hopeful,

Bold Confidence

Faith

The book of Nahum is not a popular Old Testament book and the author is not one of the Major Prophets because the book is very short in length—only three (3) chapters. However, there is a powerful message that can build our confidence in the character and power of God. Nahum predicts and describes Nineveh’s fall. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, the most powerful empire during ancient times. The Assyrians were cruel and ruthless enemies of God’s people. But Nahum said:

“The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.” -Nahum 1:3

Few people can stare into the face of such raw power as that of the Assyrian empire and come away unimpressed. Nahum did so only because he had seen a far greater power—the power of a God whose wrath could shatter rocks. If God was angry, how could Nineveh stand? Nahum’s absolute confidence in God is underlined throughout his book. Nahum sounds intimidating, almost lordly. He spoke with confidence because he knew God’s character.

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Psalm119DevotionalWe live in a hostile world. Our surroundings can pressure us to make decisions and choose paths that oppose God’s Word, but like the psalmist, no matter what challenges we face, we should always choose God’s way.

Meditation in the Word of God day and night should be to our delight. This devotional is a practical, simple and easy hands-on resource to draw us closer to God by meditating and praying in agreement with His Word for 22 days. After 22 days, meditating and praying God’s Word should be habitual.

You can read it over and over or whenever you feel the need to focus on the goodness of the Lord and the importance of having His written instructions for living. 

In the compilation of this devotional, the author provides twenty-two (22) meditations and prayers that correspond with the eight (8) verses within each acrostic beginning with each Hebrew alphabet. Hebrew definitions and keywords are also included.

22-Days of Prayer & Meditations in Psalm 119 will:

Encourage you to believe, stand firmly, declare, and obey God’s Word as the “final authority” in every area of life. 

Inspire and bring awareness to the need to submit to God’s instruction.

Manifest the transforming power of God’s Word through declaration and meditation.

Motivate you to seek God’s help by praying His Word and applying it to your daily life.

You will be refreshed time and time again in 22 days of prayer and meditation in Psalm 119.

 

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Problem People vs. Big God

Teach Me, O LordI’ve learned the best way to handle a problem person is to focus on what’s going on with me “internally” that makes me react to that person’s behavior, which I have no control over.  Could it be that I have a problem, Lord? So then, I become the student, and the Holy Spirit my Teacher. God, the Holy Spirit, aka Spirit of Truth, uses the problem person as a “visual aide” in the classroom of my life to make sure I know the truth about myself, and comprehend the lesson being taught.

My prayer is: “Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, O Lord, according to your laws. Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.  Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true (Psalm 119:149-151).

The psalmist doesn’t claim that God makes problem people disappear. He merely points out that while they are near, so is God.  Big problems gain a different perspective when we remember the nearness of a bigger God.  The one thing that’s certain, no one or no-thing is bigger than my God.  Moreover, I learn how to redirect my energy on what’s most important. I remind myself of God’s laws, and I am strengthened by His powerful presence in my space.  When He’s in my space, problems and difficult people who may be causing the problems appear much smaller and  insignificant compared to my relationship with Christ, and even disappears altogether.  In other words, even if they’re there, I don’t see them; I only see my Big God.  He’s magnified a thousand times over.  When I see my Big God and obey His commands, I am empowered to deal with difficult people through the love of Christ.  After all, He loves them just as much as He loves me!