Hope for Today will inspire you to live a life connected to Christ by empowering you to fall in love with Jesus through personal spiritual growth. Teaching you the power of your identity and authority in Christ. Encouraging you in your inheritance as an ambassador for the kingdom of God!
God has been speaking to my heart about the removal of grave clothes (more on that later) and healing. I was praying for a friend this morning and the Holy Spirit brought to mind the many times Jesus said, “Go in peace your faith has healed you.” My prayer today is for more of His faith to believe and His grace to accept whatever that healing looks like, not only personally but for the entire Body of Christ, for our Nation and the world.
Precious One, go in peace and may His faith, given to you to believe, heal you.
Learning is a privilege. Consider all the people around the world who do not have access to teachers and curriculum, especially girls in some areas where learning is against the law. A travesty to say the least.
Learning subjects such as language, math and social sciences helps us to form our world view and engage in intelligent conversation. While learning is a privilege we have always taught our children to not believe everything they read. Simply because it is printed in a book does not make it true. We have taught them not to gloss over what they don’t agree with but to dig deeper and understand why they don’t agree. Believe me when I tell you, as young adults, this approach has created some very spirited conversations and I wouldn’t have it any other way.! I love to experience their minds at work and ask the Holy Spirit to help me understand their point of view and to give me His kind and gentle words when I have an opposing view.
As students of God’s word we don’t need anyone to teach us His word. Yes, God has gifted us with pastors and teachers to help us understand His word but allow me to give you this to ponder. It begins with us. Our responsibility is to open God’s word, and often, and allow His word to speak to us. To learn by the power of the Holy Spirit all the goodness within His word.
God’s word is alive and active, (Hebrews 4:12), yes, you can have a relationship with God’s word because Jesus is the word of God. God’s word is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2Timothy 3:16), the question is will you allow His word to do all these things for you?
Precious One, God’s word speaks to you and you know God’s voice (John 10:27).
Going to the store always involves a list for me. Lists ensure that I won’t forget all the items I want to buy. Sometimes our walk of faith can become a list checking frenzy. Causing us to check off our time with God like a grocery list when it isn’t about a list but a relationship.
The old and new, law and grace. One give us a set of guidelines speaking to us of our need of a Savior and the other gives us the desire to live for Him because of the power that raised Him from the dead the power of the Holy Spirit.
Law and Grace walking hand in hand alive and relevant today as the day God breathed them into existence. Even the prophets have not been abolished. All remain until the day that Jesus returns to set all things right according to His will and righteousness.
Precious One please do not wait to allow the law to shower you with its knowledge of the Savior. The longer you wait draws closer to being too late. And what you have to lose is eternity.
I love this picture. It was taken at a writers conference I have begun to attend every year. In fact, I am excited to be on the marketing team for next year’s conference! Our team is amazing and I am looking forward to learning so much from them as we all work alongside each other to bring a cumulative branch of knowledge and talent. More on that in the weeks and months to come.
If I love the picture, I love the Scripture even more. Many of you have followed me on this journey of restoration that began in January of 2017. This journey has been about physical and spiritual healing. It has not been easy nor has it been pretty but it has been necessary and through it all God has been faithful.
In January 2017 I was visiting a church and the Pastor’s message was on the restoration in Joel 2. I knew God was speaking directly to me. In February of that year I attended the writer’s conference and there in huge, lighted letters was the word RESTORE.
This year God gave me the word overcomer and while we are overcomer’s because Christ has overcome the world, that isn’t the Scripture he gave me. Rather, He gave me a verse from one of my favorite books of the Bible.
But this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25.
Not only does God promise restoration in Joel 2:25, In Isaiah 49:25 He promises to return the plunder the enemy stole! Oh, but it gets better. He promises to contend with those who contend with me AND my children HE will save!
As God’s restoration, overcoming and healing continue to come little by little and day by day, I am thankful for His reminders and promises that I often forget in the midst of the struggle.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
He looked down from His holy heights— the Lord gazed out from heaven to earth— to hear a prisoner’s groaning, to set free those condemned to die, so that they might declare the name of Yahweh in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem, when peoples and kingdoms are assembled to serve the Lord. Psalm 102:19-22.
Let’s be that future generation that wasn’t yet created when these words of truth were breathed into existence. Let’s be the Church and arise across denominational lines and theological differences to praise the One true God. Let’s raise our voices as one and declare His name, which is Yahweh in Zion. Let’s be a people that includes all with one purpose…to serve the Lord.
Why do you suppose Lot’s wife looked back after being warned by the angels of the Lord? What was it that was so important to her that she should turn for one last look?
With little notice she and her family were whisked away by the angels of the Lord. And, Lot’s wife looked back. Was she thinking about the house she had made into a home? The upcoming weddings of her two daughters? The friends she had to leave behind? The success of her husband and the status that brought her? What about their household items? How would they get along without those? She had no time to pack all she had were the clothes she wore.
Perhaps she couldn’t resist looking back simply because she was told not to, like a child when told, “Don’t touch that.” Or, perhaps, she looked back because she was sad and upset at having to leave everything behind, making those things her idol rather than God her God.
It isn’t always easy when God says, “This is the way walk in it.” When He does, how often do we pine for the past, when remaining in the past only keeps us rooted there? What if we chose to step out in faith? Stepping out in faith allows us to live in the present and step into the future with God. It is in the present and the future that we find God’s will for our life and position ourselves to receive every spiritual blessing that is showered upon us from the Father of Lights as part of our inheritance here and now.
Sadly, Lot’s wife didn’t understand that not looking back was God’s protection.