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!
Have you ever had one of those moments when the information in your head clicks with your heart and revelation happens? I’ve been having several of those lately, in regards to reading and studying my favorite book. I really think it is the new way I’m studying.
At any rate, I am working on a study and one of the questions is to look at the verses given and respond with what the promise is and who it is for. Here is Ephesians 3:6.
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
As I began writing out my response Holy Spirit started to run with this! I stopped to journal right in my work book so I wouldn’t forget what He was showing me. It occurred to me that Israel has always been persecuted against. We, as Gentiles, are under the same persecution.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:22 that all the nations will hate us because we are followers of Him. Ephesians 3:6, however, goes deeper for me. The world today reminds me of the “free love” of the 70’s, but at a heightened sense of spiraling down. I did not enjoy growing up in that decade!
As the world spirals Ephesian 3:6 is a firm and trustworthy foundation for us to stand on. It gives us the courage to glance at the world and to steadfastly keep our gaze on Jesus! All the while knowing in our heart that we are heirs with our Jewish brothers and Sisters to all the promises of Christ!
Precious One, when the news of the world gets you down remember you are Not Of This World!
I am an avid reader and I love everything about a book. The front cover, the feel of a new book in my hands, the turning of crisp pages. Needless to say I haven’t quite gotten into the e-reader craze. In fact we still own bookshelves, two of them. You know, those tall towers with shelves placed just far enough apart from one another to hold all those magnificently bound books. Most of them read but some sitting there, waiting patiently, hoping to be the next one chosen to be read, to be held and to be enjoyed.
In my younger years my genre of choice was romance novels; predictable, I know. I would devour books as if they were my last meal. Reading during breaks and after work, staying up late to finish that one last chapter only to finish the entire book. The tiredness I would feel the next day was worth it, hey, I was twenty-something! Sometimes I would even devote entire weekends to reading. Not that I would intentionally begin a weekend this way, but if you love to read, you know how it is when you’re reading a really good book and feel as if you are best friends with all the characters. You simply cannot put that book down. I once worked with a lady who read more than me. When she was done with her books she would bring them to me, in bags, grocery bags full, all at one time. Talk about being an avid reader, she had me beat.
One day, in my mid-twenties, I had a spectacular idea; I was going to write a novel! I knew the premise of the story, even had the title picked out. Then life happened; I met a wonderful man, we married and started a family and now we have begun our empty nest. That novel has remained on the back burner for all these years. I wish here is where I could tell you that I have begun that novel, but it isn’t. However, I would like to share with you…………..I Am Published!
It happened quite unexpectedly. I received an email from the editor of our church’s Women’s newsletter. She wanted to know if she could use my current post at the time in the upcoming newsletter and any past or future post. I am humbled but who would I be kidding if I didn’t say I am also thrilled!
Dreams, even long ago dreams, do come true, especially when God’s hand is all over it.