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!
This morning I woke up singing the song “Same Power” by Jeremy Camp. Specifically, these words.
The same power that rose Jesus from the grave
The same power that commands the dead to wake
Lives in us, lives in us
The same power that moves mountains when He speaks
The same power that can calm a raging sea
Lives in us, lives in us
He lives in us, lives in us
These words remind me of Romans 8:11. If you are a believer in Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior then HIS Spirit lives in you! The same Spirit Who raised Jesus from the grave. If you grab a hold of nothing else today, may it be the truth that the Supernatural power of Christ lives in you and you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you. Not some things but all things.
Precious One, dig deep into God’s word, He’s waiting there for you.
I have a childhood nickname that has always been endearing to me because the two youngest of my older brothers have called me by this nickname for as long as I can remember. I will be 54 this year and they still occasionally call me by this nickname. Even some of their friends, who grew up at our house and are ‘brothers’, still call me by this childhood name.
My brothers have never had an explanation as to where this name came from, they simply starting calling me Boosh and it is pronounced phonetically as it appears.
I’m a big proponent of speaking life into the lives of others. Life is truth and truth reaches down to our souls and settles there like a welcomed visitor. Imagine my surprise as I was reading Psalm 127:5 and felt led to look up one word in its original context.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:5.
The word I looked up is ashamed and in its original context it is the Hebrew word boosh. Now, I can guarantee you with one hundred percent certainty that my brothers did not mean to speak shame into my life in any way, shape or form. However, just as God will use anything to get our attention, even a speaking donkey. Satan will use whatever means he can to destroy our lives; mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. And true to his devious, deceptive and hideous nature, we may not recognize his path of destruction for years. That is why I cannot stress enough how important it is to engage in spiritual disciplines on a daily basis, especially reading and studying God’s word.
Recently I was reminded of these verses in Joel.
“Then I will make up to you for the years
That the swarming locust has eaten,
The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
“You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied
And praise the name of the LORD your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
Then My people will never be put to shame. Joel 2:25-26.
And look it there, the very last word of verse 26. There is no way, my friends, I could have planned that. This is a total God thing.
Precious One may you also be restored for the years the locusts have stolen.
As our children have gotten older, especially our young adult children, it is nice to hear and watch them encourage others with the encouragement or advice my husband and I have inspired them with particularly in their earlier years. You may wonder, if you have children of your own, “Are they paying attention, do they hear what I’m saying?” I can tell you, that yes, all these years, they’ve been listening! As they have wandered, looking for their purpose in this world, it is such a blessing to watch them walk back and maintain the values of the foundation they’ve been raised on.
A few days ago I came across some verses in the OT that excited me. Yes, the OT, which I love as much as the NT, especially those verses and passages that make me wrestle and dig deep as to how they ought to be applied to my life in present time. If I believe, which I do, that God’s word is inerrant, then what was true then is also true now in the light of his marvelous love and amazing grace.
The nugget I found is found in Deuteronomy 28:2-7
All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
We read that when we obey God not only will his blessings come upon us they will accompany us! The word obey in its original context in this passage means to listen; listen closely, listen carefully, listen obediently. And, we know we hear God’s voice because he tells us in John 10:27 that we do, its part of our identity in Christ; to hear his voice. When we do we have a choice, we can listen and do what he asks of us or we can ignore his voice. Ignoring him is disobedience because we aren’t listening carefully or closely to what he is saying to us. I often say, “Our choice didn’t end when we first chose Jesus.” Everyday we make a choice to continue to follow him and listen to his voice and do what he asks.
Just as our children have been listening to us it is our responsibility to listen to God. To be faithful listeners to the One Who gave it all so we could hear His voice. When you do the seven blessings in Deuteronomy 28:2-7 will follow you wherever you go.
At this moment it isn’t too late. Start today to listen carefully and closely to the voice of God and be blessed.
I love prayer. I started a life of prayer when I was about 7 or 8 years old and have prayed every night since then. I grew up in a religion, that at the time didn’t teach that one needs to have a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior; to be reborn through Him. It wasn’t until my late thirties that I accepted Christ and gave my life to him.
While prayer is a spiritual passion of mine, intercession; praying for the needs of others can be overwhelming at times. It is an honor and a privilege to pray for others. Perhaps this is why it can sometimes seem overwhelming because I want to give each request back to God with the same heartfelt desire as the last one. I don’t want to offer up prayers ‘on the fly’ simply because life is busy. I want to take the time to pray for each request according to God’s heart.
Paul encourages us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17,18 to pray without ceasing because this is God’s will for us through Christ Jesus. And I wonder, what does it look like to pray without ceasing? Certainly, I talk with God throughout the day, sometimes, okay many times, out loud!
But, what about times of quietness devoted to the prayer needs for ourselves and others? A few days ago I came across a verse and it has been traipsing through my mind like a new-born doe learning to prance along looking for food.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer-at three in the afternoon. Acts 3:1.
During this time both Jews and Gentiles observed three times of prayer, everyday, morning, afternoon and at sunset. Peter and John were busy men, teaching and preaching and spreading the gospel was a full-time job for them and they walked everywhere they went, it would take a good days walk and oftentimes it would take days for them to reach one place to deliver the gospel message. Yet, by all accounts, they stopped and prayed three times a day!
This thought of stopping and devoting time to prayer three times a day intrigues me. God has this in his word for a reason and it gives me hope about the ability to pray without ceasing. What would it look like if we stopped and devoted ourselves to prayer three times a day? What amazing things would our eyes be opened to see? Prayer isn’t just for the benefit of others. Prayer draws us closer into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. God gives us prayer for our spiritual health.
Salt. There is so much controversy around this flavorful mineral. There are even many different colors of salt; pink, orange, red, mauve, purple and blue just to name a few. The debate continues, should we use light salt or regular salt; less salt or no salt? One thing remains true about salt, it has been used since the Old Testament times as a preservative for food.
Salt also played a significant role in Hebrew worship and was included in:
The grain offering. (Leviticus 2:13).
The burnt offering (Ezekiel 43:24).
The incense (Exodus 30:35).
Part of the Temple offering (Ezra 6:9)
Newborn babies were rubbed in salt, ( Ezekiel 16:4), some theorize because the Hebrews believed it would promote good health, still others surmise it was an indication that the child would be raised to have integrity and to always be truthful.
Certainly as Believers in Christ we are called to be the salt of the earth. But, look at this nugget of Truth I found today!
“All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you.” Number 18:19.
In the ancient Mid East salt was given as a gift to seal an agreement. It showed the strength and permanence and represented the truth of the agreement. As part of God’s everlasting salt covenant, we have been empowered by Holy Spirit in us to help purify and preserve the world!
Who will you reach out to today to flavor their life with the love of Christ? Who will you bring Yahweh too?
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 1:18-20a.
That power is resurrection power; that power has NO equal; that power lives inside every believer of Christ Jesus by the indwelling of Holy Spirit in you.
Reflecting on this incomparably great power, this power that has no equal, how does this change the way you look at your prayer life? Does this single sentence of truth cause you to hope, to know by faith that God hears your prayers and answers them according to his perfect will? Does this truth cause you to look outside the realm of your understanding for his answer to your prayers?
Those who believe in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior have been raised up with Christ and are seated with him in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 2:6). Not only that, we have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3). I don’t know about you but these two thoughts are overwhelmingly big to me right now. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heaven to live a supernatural life in Christ Jesus, right here, right now. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven! So, what is stopping you? What is stopping me?
If we are in God (Acts 17:28) and Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33) then we are over comers of this world through Christ Jesus!
“Every step you take, every word you speak, every breath you breathe-all is done in My watchful embracing Presence. You are totally immersed in My invisible yet ever-so-real Being! Sarah Young “Jesus Calling”
I know and believe by faith that the power that raised Jesus from the dead; resurrection power; the power of Holy Spirit lives in me. But, as I read the above paragraph from “Jesus Calling” the profoundness of me residing in Jesus came alive like a beautifully wrapped present just waiting to be opened and inside is something you’ve waited for and known all along but didn’t know until the gift was given and you chose to open and receive.
I have a precious friend, who, after receiving a gift from God, ‘gets back in line’, and says, “more Daddy!” More indeed! More light, more love, more grace, more mercy, more supernatural wisdom, more resurrection power!
for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Acts 17:28 (emphasis added).
You are more precious than rubies. This is especially for those who feel less than, “_____”. You are priceless to God because he loves you. He loves you because he created you. God sees past your race, creed, orgin, nationality and orientation. God knew you before you were even put together inside your sweet Momma’s womb. He knew what you would look like, what you would do and who you would become. And, regardless of what any of that looks like at this moment, He LOVES you! And, He will continue to love you. He created only one uniquely you.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7.
The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He is trusting something that can give him no help at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this thing, this idol that I’m holding in my hand, a lie?” Isaiah 44: 20 (NLT).
Papa, whether we hold idols in our hands, or in our heart. If we cling to idols in our actions or our thoughts, on behalf of those who are yet to know You through your beloved Son Jesus, I ask for your forgiveness. And, for those of us who are your children, on our behalf I confess and repent. Thank you for showing us the idols in our life, for your unending grace and mercy and Holy Spirit thank you for your constant help in turning away from anything that is not of Jesus Christ. May we always be aware and see the glory of your light shining on all your creation! In Your life-giving Name, Jesus, Amen.