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!
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.
I found this nugget of treasure this morning in the book of Job.
If mortals die, can they live again? This thought would give me hope, and through my struggle I would eagerly wait for release. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. Job 14: 14-15. (emphasis added)
How profound that Job would ask, “If mortals die, can they live again?” And, that this thought would give him hope! Not only hope but that he would be released from his earthly struggles. The gospels teach us that Christ died on the cross for our sins and to give us hope of living in eternity with him when we choose Him as our Lord and Savior. But here, here, Job is already pondering this very thing.
Did you catch the last word? Job knew he was God’s handiwork! This is our identity in Christ; His handiwork. Precious One, you are His greatest masterpiece! Here is a parallel verse to Job 14:15
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good work, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
I’m liking this godly man Job more and more. Have a blessed day resting in your identity in Christ as His beautiful masterpiece.
Some nuggets of treasure that I hope will encourage you today. This is who you are in Christ.
“for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 14:2.
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11:36. We are included in the all things!
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9.
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. Philippians 4:6 The Living Bible.
Just a quick nugget for today. I was praying over some prayer requests this morning and when I came to the last one I was filled with inexplicable joy! My heart was overflowing with praise and thanksgiving, not because of the needs of the requests, rather the praise and thankfulness that wrapped each request. Each request, like a baby wrapped in the warmth and comfort of a blanket, was wrapped in joy, praise and a thankful heart. Thankful hearts that reach out in faith to their Savior knowing He hears every request and will answer according to his will.
But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. John 15:7 The Message.
I am a big proponent for nurturing our relationship with God by reading his word consistently. I believe it is important to not only study God’s word but to read it like a book; from start to finish every year. I don’t know about you, but I always come across something(s) that didn’t stand out at me from the year(s) before! I also like to read different translations, although, when I study I love my NIV Life Application Bible, I always have that handy! I am also big on understanding our identity and our authority in Christ as well as our inheritance and our position as ambassadors to the kingdom of God. If we’re not reading and studying His word, how else will we become familiar with these things and allow the truth of them to settle deep within our hearts?
This morning as I was beginning my topical Bible study, I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me, so I stopped for a moment and asked Him to open my eyes to the ways others are nurturing their relationship with Him so I can rejoice with them! As I began to read today’s portion of the study, it did not come as any surprise that it is about nurturing one’s relationship with God by reading and studying his word! Toward the end of today’s section, the author introduces Psalm 1:1-3, here, let me show you a picture of what stood out at me when we choose to nurture a deep and intimate relationship with Him.
Go ahead, personalize it and put your name in and feel how much more God’s word comes alive! Shalom!
I have some nuggets to share today, but they are not my nuggets. They have, however, been swirling around in my thoughts since I heard them.
Our Senior Pastor gave a wonderful sermon on Sunday about the teachings of Jesus. At one point he was teaching about the parable of the sower. (Matthew 13). It’s been a while, okay, more than a while since I have taken notes. Thankfully there was actually a pen at the bottom of my bottomless purse on Sunday! Here are the nuggets he shared:
“The gospel is the seed of the kingdom.”
“Cultivate the root of faith.”
“Good soil shapes and changes us to understand the teachings of Jesus.”
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “bloom where you are planted.” Its hard to bloom when our roots are not reaching down into the deep, rich, dense soil of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
May you start today or continue to bloom into the beautiful you He created you to be.
This morning while my friend and I were on a walk, we were discussing how sometimes we can fall into just following along. Whether it is a person, an idea or a movement. I told her that I use to be that way when I was much younger. As normally happens, a story came to mind.
I recounted how I had worked many years in the title and escrow business. In those days, if a branch manager got upset at the county manager, she would up and leave and take her entire office with her to another title company. I was so young and naive that I would “just follow.”
My friend and I looked at each other, as if we were having the same thought, and I said, “Isn’t that what God wants? For us to just follow him?”
“Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed. Matthew 4:19 The Message.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of your prayers. Most certainly, don’t ever underestimate God’s answer to prayer. I am learning that God does immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20). The Holy Spirit is the power of the work that is in us. From Him we draw on his strength to have faith, hope and trust in the Lord.
I have some friends whose life motto is, “God does ALL things well.” They are experiencing a difficult situation at the moment and their hope, their faith and their trust is in a God who does all things well. This morning I was reading a devotional; here is an excerpt from that reading, “How do you react to the emergencies and tragedies of life? Are you able to rest in the fact that God is in control and that he does all things well?” (The One Year Christian History A daily Glimpse Into God’s Powerful Work).
I am also learning that through the trials and challenges in life, one situation, no matter how difficult it is to walk through, can hold the answer to a multitudes of prayers, sent up to a loving God, who hears each one.
Dear One, whatever your struggle is, focus on God, who is sovereign in all things. When we do we are less likely to miss the answer to prayer, especially when the answer looks completely different than what our mind has already played out.
The Holy Spirit keeps whispering, “If I am for you, who can be against you?” Indeed Lord, who.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32.
Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Mount Sinai, on a day in midwinter, Moses gave these speeches to the Israelites, telling them everything the LORD had commanded him to say. Deuteronomy 1:2-3.
Moses was preparing the Israelites to enter the promised land. Their promised land. The land God had promised to give their ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The land they had wandered 40 years to final enter. The land flowing with milk and honey.
What should have taken them 11 days to get too, took 40 years. Their rebellion and disobedience caused them to wander the wilderness for those 40 years.
Sometimes we can walk in the wilderness not because of rebellion and disobedience, but because it is a new season of growth. Shedding off old ways, thoughts, habits, mindsets. Be encouraged! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
Then again, sometimes we walk in the wilderness because of our rebellion and disobedience. Beloved, take heart! Ask your heavenly Papa to show you those area’s in your life of rebellion and disobedience. But don’t stop there. Confess and repent and ask the Holy Spirit to help you in your repentance; the turning away from rebellion and disobedience. He cherishes when we ask for his wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5.
You are dearly loved, wholly chosen and absolutely beautiful in His sight.